Ros has been a practising artist since graduating from the Central School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, in 1977. For the past two years she has been working on an Arts Council funded theatrical production which is currently touring nationally. “MathildaMathilda” is devised and performed by Ros and her daughter Tomasin Cuthbert Menes of Soap Soup Theatre. The story, costumes and set are inspired by Ros’s collage paintings and her love of jazz and song writing, and brings these strands together in an exciting and unusual production. For more details and performance schedule please go to www.soapsouptheatre.com
In 1981 Ros won 2nd prize in the National Portrait Gallery’s portrait painting competition, and was commissioned by the Gallery to paint a double portrait of Group Captain Cheshire and Lady Rider. This led to various commissions and she was a full time portrait painter for seven years.
She has also worked in mixed media with still life or landscape in the UK, France, Italy, the Australian Outback and the Amazon. She has had numerous solo shows in the UK and France including Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, Bath; Atelier 25, Chinon, France; and The Royal West of England Academicians’ Gallery, Bristol. She has participated in The Other Art Fair at the Arnolfini Bristol 2017 and 18, and in many group shows including The Bankside Gallery, London; The RA Summer Show, The Fermoy Centre, Kings Lynn and Plymouth City Art Gallery.
In 1993 her interest in printmaking led her to found Yellow Fox Press and under this imprint she produced five books of poetry illustrated with her wood engravings and wood cuts. Her paintings at that time reflected the clarity and attention to detail of the wood engravings.
In recent years Ros has added collage to her explorations in mixed media painting. This has become an important element of her current work.
Work in public collections includes the National Portrait Gallery; Contemporary Art Society; National Poetry Library; National Art Library at the V&A; and the British Library, London.
2017, 18 - Arts Council grants with Soap Soup Theatre for theatre piece ’MathildaMathilda’
1991 - Brewhouse Open Exhibition Prize, Taunton
1982 - Royal West of England Academy: 1st prize
1981 - National Portrait Gallery Portrait Award: 2nd prize
1977 - Madame Tussauds Award for Figurative Art (RCA)