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Graham Rust

Graham Redgrave-Rust was born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1942. He studied drawing and painting in London, at the Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art and then at The Central School of Arts and Crafts, followed by The National Academy of Art in New York. He worked for two years as an artist on “Architectural Forum” for Time Inc. and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1965. In 1968 he spent a year as artist in residence at Woodberry Forest School, Virginia, USA.



He is internationally renowned for his murals and ceiling paintings which can be found in houses in Britain, Europe, America, and The Middle East. The most spectacular of these, “The Temptation” at the Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, took over a decade to complete. Twenty years later, in 1988, his collection of mural designs was published as ‘The Painted House’, now printed in four languages. This was followed by ‘Decorative Designs’ in 1996,‘Needlepoint Designs’in 1998, ‘The Painted Ceiling’ in 2001 and ‘Revisiting The Painted House‘ in 2005.



He has illustrated various books including the 1986 edition of ‘The Secret Garden’, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the 1993 edition of ‘Some Flowers’, by Vita Sackville-West and most recently ‘Food for Friends‘ by Maxine Clanwilliam, who commissioned his first mural painting in 1965.



Graham Rust first exhibited his drawings of London and Rome at the Hazlitt Gallery in 1971 and has subsequently exhibited paintings from his travel overseas with Spink & Son and, latterly, with Colnaghi.



He lives and works in Suffolk and has had thirty one-man exhibitions including five in aid of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind ( Sightsavers )
Courtesy of the artist’s website.