For Ros, collage is a means of disrupting intention with chance. The coloured or printed pieces offer a visual conversation between randomness and meaning which allows the image to develop in surprising ways. Conscious and unconscious thought processes can mutually merge during the process of making to create a kind of magical result. Further, the conversation set up between collage and painted or drawn elements leads to a conclusion that cannot be anticipated.
Her workshops are designed to stimulate a sense of fun and imaginative possibilities in image making, to encourage fearless play and the pushing of personal boundaries.
Making art from discarded stuff, giving logos, adverts, wrappings and so on, a new and poetic function alongside paint and drawing materials is another way to explore colour, texture, design and imagery and to develop a feeling for the nuanced interplay of these.
Ros Cuthbert studied painting at Central School of Art and Design 1971 – 74 (BA) and the Royal College of Art 1974 and 1977 (MA). She taught relief printmaking at Central School of Art and 1979 – 1993. She has been co-director of the Art Shed (formerly Mendip Painting Centre) in Winscombe, North Somerset since 1985. She also runs painting courses in Italy and France.
Ros has had numerous solo exhibitions including Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, Bath in 1995, Atelier 25, Chinon France 1996 and 1999, and The Tobacco Factory Bristol in 2012. She has participated in many group exhibitions at a number of prestigious venues including the Royal Academy London, The Whitechapel Gallery London, and Plymouth City Art Gallery. She has been a member of the St Ives Society of Artists since 2005. Ros has won four awards including first prize at the Royal West of England Academy and 2nd prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Her work is represented in many public and private collections including the National Portrait Gallery, National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Contemporary Arts Society. From 1993 to 2000 Ros ran the Yellow Fox Press and produced a number of limited edition books of poetry illustrated with her wood engravings.