Ruth Taylor Jacobson
studied painting and etching at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, 1959 - 63, where, among other awards, she won first prize in figure drawing. Over the years, she was involved in painting and print making and exhibited widely.
Many years later, she was attracted to stained glass, completing an advanced postgraduate course at Central St. Martin's School of Art, London, where she was awarded a Fellowship in Stained Glass, 1991–92.
"I have always loved painting and drawing people both real and imaginary. For many years I worked in etching, exploring the qualities of line and texture, luminous highlights and intense shadow. In stained-glass I combine these with glowing colour, and the strong, expressive rhythms of the lead-lines. Stained glass has long been used to convey a spiritual message in places of worship but nowadays, it is effectively used to bring colour and atmosphere, joy and movement to all kinds of secular buildings, for which I am happy to create work.
I am haunted by the destiny of my people, and in my most personal work, I create a mosaic of images exploring my Jewish identity. I am inspired by ritual objects and symbols, by our literature whose power and poetry resonates through the ages, by the drama of events in history. Above all, I seek to commemorate people for whom there is no other monument".
In 2001 she was elected Associate Member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.
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