Early Years

Colin Carruthers was born in Antrim in Northern Ireland where he spent his early childhood. Colin showed an interest in drawing at an early age and was encouraged by his mother to draw and paint. In the mid 1970’s he moved with his family to Germany where he spent many happy childhood hours roaming  in nearby forests with friends, picking wild cherries and swimming in the rivers. 

An Art Education

To develop his interest in drawing and painting, Colin undertook a Foundation Course in Art & Design 1992, and completed a B.A. Honours Degree in Fine Art in 1997.  It was in the final year of  his degree programme that he discovered that painting was the ultimate vehicle to share with others how he emotionally felt about the world we live in.  He realised that he wanted to become a painter. 

image right: Self Portrait, Sutton College, 1992, Oil on Canvas, 75 cm x 105 cm

Fine Art Practice

Colin paints mainly with oils and often works with a palette knife, creating textured surfaces by applying paint to the canvas as thickly as possible. 

The oil paint dries slowly, allowing him to build layers in which the marks of the palette knife are often still visible – creating interesting and dramatic effects.

Colin’s frequent trips to the coast and countryside have deepened his appreciation of the diversity and beauty of nature.   His textural paintings often depict landscapes and seascapes which are intended to convey the ever-changing aspects of nature.




2024-  Forest Gallery Fine Art, Petworth, West Sussex

2023-  The Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh

2022-23 The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy

2022   The Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

2022   Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Warwickshire 

2022   The John Noott Gallery,  Broadway, Worcestershire

2017-   The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire

2016-   The Hunter Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk

2016-   The Wren Gallery, Burford, Oxfordshire

2015  The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham

2013-   White Space Art Gallery, Totnes, Devon

2012-19   Blue Tree Gallery, York

2010-17   Red Rag Gallery, Bath, Avon

2006-   The Albany Gallery, Cardiff

2006-19   Courcoux & Courcoux Gallery, Hampshire

2006-15   Artery Gallery, St. Andrew’s, Fife 

2005-   Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham

2009-13  McAllister Thomas Fine Art, Godalming, Surrey

2007-10  Woodbine Contemporary Arts, Lincolnshire

2007-08  The Hallward Gallery, Dublin

2006-07  Millcove Gallery, Castletownbere, County Cork

2004-      Obsidian Art Gallery, Stoke Manderville, Buckinghamshire

2003   St Paul’s The Crossing, Walsall, West Midlands

2002   Harborne Gallery, Birmingham

2001/04   The University of Birmingham

2001   North Ayrshire, Scotland

2001   Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham

1998   The Arcadian, Birmingham

1998   Birmingham International Airport

1996   The Custard Factory, Birmingham,

1996   The Concourse Gallery, London


Feb 2021: Light and Landscape– Purple Gallery, Bournville

Feb 2020: Changing Horizons – Purple Gallery, Bournville

Feb 2019:  The Emotion of Landscape – Purple Gallery, Bournville

Feb 2018:   An Exhibition of New Paintings – Purple Gallery, Bournville

Feb 2017:   Journey –  Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham

Feb 2015:   Here and There….  –  Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham

May 2014:  Impressions of the City of Light  –  Courcoux & Courcoux, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Feb 2014:   New Paintings (Oils & Mixed Media) –  Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham

Nov 2013:   From Harris to Mull – The Western Isles –  Courcoux & Courcoux,  Hampshire

Feb 2012:   Land, Sea and Sky  –  Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham

Nov 2011:   Beyond the Horizon – McAllister Thomas Fine Art, Godalming, Surrey

Feb 2011:    An Exhibition of New Paintings –  Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham

Apr 2010:   The Granary Gallery, Weston Park, Shropshire

Apr 2008:   Landscapes, Seascapes and the Test Valley –  Courcoux & Courcoux, Hampshire

Apr 2006:   At the Edges of the Land –  Purple Gallery, Bournville, Birmingham


Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

University of Central England

Private Collectors: (Australia, Canada, Finland, N Zealand, Russia, U.K. U.S.A.)


Current & Forthcoming Exhibitions

Seascape Paintings & Coastal Art

Forest Gallery Fine Art, Petworth, WEST SUSSEX

07/02/24 – 07/05/24

The Spring Collection

White Space Art, Totnes, DEVON

01/04/24 – 30/04/24

Three Person Show

The Albany Gallery, CARDIFF

28/06/24 – 20/07/24

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