Ruth Franklin

Ruth Franklin

Atlanta, GA, United States

About Ruth Franklin

Ruth Franklin is an English artist who lives in the American Deep South. She grew up in East Anglia and studied at Brighton Art School in the eighties.

Ruth has always maintained her identity as a painter and has stuck to her own ideas about what makes a good painting. She has continued over the past thirty years to push around paint in her own way, reveling in the process to create evocative and compelling pictures.

Since emigrating to America in 1994, she's twice been voted 'Best Visual Artist' (2019 & 2014) by the readers of Creative Loafing, Atlanta's alternative news and entertainment publication. In 2016, she was nominated for the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship.

​Ruth's expressive paintings and drawings have been exhibited internationally, from Nashville to the Netherlands, including numerous one-woman shows in Atlanta and New York. She works seven days a week at her Decatur, Georgia studio and is represented by Different Trains Gallery, Atlanta, USA.


Brighton Art School, East Sussex, England - BA Degree, Fine Art/Painting, 1986


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2020: "Searching for Home", group exhibition at The Dalton Gallery of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia
Secret 7", NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula, London
2019: "ONLY WHEN I LAUGH", one-woman show, Different Trains Gallery, Atlanta
2018: Secret 7", London
2017: Harlem Fine Arts Show, New York
Different Trains Gallery, Atlanta, grand opening show
Secret 7", London
2016: Secret 7", group show & sale to benefit Amnesty International UK, Sonos Studio, London
2015: Painting Out Loud, one-woman-show, Steve Mckenzie’s, Atlanta GA
The Big Pop Up - Decatur, Jun 12, group show w/ Kosmo Vinyl & Wreckless Eric, East Decatur Station
2014: Group exhibition of women artists, Bennett Gallery, Nashville TN
2013: ArtPrize 2013, Sep 18 - Oct 6, Grand Rapids MI
Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists, Jun 22 - Aug 24, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta
Harlem Fine Arts Show - Feb 7-10, Historic Riverside Church, New York NY
2012: Raw Art Fair, Rotterdam, Netherlands - Dex Gallery
Anticipation, group show, dk Gallery, Marietta GA
2011: Decatur OPEN STUDIO, Decatur GA
The 16th Anniversary Show, Matre Gallery, Atlanta GA
two-artist-show with Gary Goodman, The Basement Gallery, Boise ID
2010: Ruth Franklin/Byron Gin: New Work, Apr 23 - May 31, Adam Cave Gallery, Raleigh NC
2009: One Woman Show of Paintings, Hrefna Jonsdottir Gallery, Lambertville NJ
2008: One-woman-show for ATLart[08], Vinson Gallery, Decatur GA
2005: One-Woman-Show of Paintings & Drawings, Vinson Gallery
2004: AAF Contemporary Art Fair - NYC, Gallery 71
Under Different Circumstances, group show for ATLart[04], Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
2002: Hartman & Hartman Galerie, Gorinchem, Netherlands, Group Show
1998: One Woman Show Gallery 71, New York NY
1996: Art, Arte, Kunst, Olympic Pop-Up Show, Luckie Street, Atlanta
One Woman Show Gallery 71, New York NY
Art Focus Gallery, Centrepoint, Singapore
Galerie Ruetz, Munich, Germany
Gallerie Naif, Tokyo, Japan
Summer Exhibition , Riviera Gallery, East Sussex, England
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, East Sussex, England
Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex, England
Seen Galleries, Ltd., London
Northstore Gallery, four artist collective, East Sussex, England
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, East Sussex, England
Riviera Gallery, East Sussex, England, Summer Exhibition
Cirencester Art Gallery, West Sussex, England
Pig and Fig Gallery, Brighton, England
Steeple End Gallery, Suffolk, England