Ruth Castle was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1928 and studied art at Canterbury University College. After graduating, she worked as a teacher and a textile designer. In 1967, she travelled to Asia to study traditional weaving techniques. This trip had a profound impact on her work and she began to experiment with new materials and techniques. In the 1970s, Castle began to exhibit her work in galleries and museums around New Zealand. She was awarded a number of grants and fellowships, which allowed her to travel and study further. In 1981, she was awarded a QEII Arts Council grant to travel to California and Mexico to study Native American weaving techniques. Castle's work is characterized by its use of natural materials, such as rattan, flax, and wool. She often used these materials in unexpected ways, creating intricate and delicate patterns. Her work is also known for its bold colors and geometric designs. Castle's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. She is represented in the collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T?maki, and the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. Castle was a highly influential figure in the New Zealand textile art community. She was a mentor to many young artists and her work continues to inspire and challenge contemporary textile artists. Ruth Castle died in 2016.
Our database records art auction sales of works by Ruth Castle from 2007 and in total 27 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 21 (78%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $1,032 for Onion Baskets - a Pair sold by International Art Centre in September 2020. This year one work has been offered for sale. Works by Ruth Castle are held by the Christchurch Art Gallery.
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