Ruth working in old Home studio

Ruth Killoran is a full time painter and sculptor living in Christchurch.

Ruth was born and lived her formative years in Liverpool, UK, attending Liverpool Art College for 2 years and then completing a BA(Hons) in 3D design at Teesside University.

She worked as a commercial interior designer in and around the London area before moving to New Zealand in 2006.

1980 -1981

TBID (Technician of the British Institute of Interior Design) Liverpool College of Art UK

1983 -1985

BA(Hons) in 3 Dimensional Design Teesside University UK

1986 – 2005

Commercial interior designer for large corporate UK companies


Emigrated to New Zealand


Began to carve New Zealand stone


Began selling work at Christchurch Arts Centre


Began to exhibit sculptures and paintings throughout New Zealand

Ruth has always liked to interpret the way she feels through drawing and painting.

Coming to live in New Zealand introduced her to sculpting stone which was a revelation and a whole new world opened up for her creativity..

She loves the spontaneity of painting, letting the flow of paint dictate the forms that gradually emerge.

Stone carving evolves in a similar manner, taking pleasure in creating flowing lines and shadows, hoping to create an emotional connection with the viewer.

Ruth is gaining a reputation for producing intriguing, original work and exhibits regularly in New Zealand, winning awards here and overseas.

Ruth with mallet