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David Rusbatch


Artist Biography

Born in Leeds in 1979, David Rusbatch’s work draws on universal themes, filtered through a contemporary sensibility.

In 2008, Rusbatch became one of the youngest exhibitors at the National Design Museum. This was followed shortly after by his work being shown in the 2009 Venice Biennale, which in turn garnered critical and commercial acclaim.

The artist’s 2014 solo exhibition at RedHouse Originals Lost & Found was a celebration of UK club culture and led to plaudits from Boy George, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) and Maxi Jazz (Faithless). It introduced his work to a new audience and asserted his place as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging artists.

“Experimental, engaging, playful and unafraid of the dark. Beautiful.”
Maxi Jazz

Rusbatch’s recent paintings are created using neons and vibrant hues, contrasted against the stark emptiness of jet black space. Multiple layers of oil paint, fluorescent light gels, collage and heavy gloss varnishes convene on cavernous obsidian-like backgrounds, with overlapping viewpoints and planes, which hints at an almost cubist approach.

With his 2016 collection I Used To Sleep At Night the artist introduced his ‘neo-landscape’ concept; an updated approach to traditional landscape painting, inspired by regular visits to the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas. Rusbatch: “I spent a lot of time in Malham so several paintings were directly influenced by days and nights spent up there… It was an escape, but not without an edge. When you are in the woods and dusk falls it transforms the landscape and the solace is soon replaced by fear and utter isolation…”

The 'Flaunt Every Kiss' exhibition launches at RedHouse in 2018, focusing on “love and relationships in the 21st century” and are the artist’s most personal paintings to date. The collection sees Rusbatch look within to tackle an intoxicating cocktail of emotions. He explores with trepidation the world of online dating; the quest for fulfilment and its varying degrees of success. With the eponymous Flaunt Every Kiss he questions the notion of “domestic bliss in a world of selfie sticks”, challenging the concept of “public displays of affection” and tearing down pre-conceived ideas of contentment. His text-painting The Bestest Things In Life provides a moment of respite, adopting a light-hearted view in describing how real happiness comes from “popping bubble wrap”, “the smell of crayons” and “tripping and realising no-one saw you”.

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The artist's reputation continues to grow and his work is found in numerous international private collections.

Rusbatch lives and works in Leeds, Yorkshire.


In Colours

Date: Now Open

RedHouse Originals Gallery is excited to announce the launch of its first online exhibition In Colours. This group…

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Keith Haring: New Wave

Date: 23rd November 2019 - 29th February 2020

"Drawing is still basically the same thing it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world.…

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Nature & Abstraction

Date: 23rd March - 12th July 2019

Welcoming in spring with a selection of exquisite works utilising abstraction to explore the natural world. Featuring…

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RedHouse Originals at the The Buyers Club Gallery

Date: 3rd December 2018 - 28th February 2019 ***NOW EXTENDED***

We are delighted to present a print exhibition in collaboration with Buyers Club, Liverpool. The show features rare and…

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David Rusbatch: Flaunt Every Kiss

Date: 27th April - 26th May

Flaunt Every Kiss is the new exhibition by rising Leeds artist David Rusbatch. The paintings focus on “love and…

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Modern & Contemporary Collection

Date: 12th January - 31st March 2018

During the early part of 2018 we will present an evolving collection of rare and exciting works by host of established and…

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Above The Clouds | Group Exhibition

Date: 5th November - 3rd December 2016

We are delighted to present Above The Clouds; a group exhibition opening on Saturday 5th November. The collection will…

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David Rusbatch: I Used To Sleep At Night

Date: 24th June - 23rd July 2016

“Most of the paintings were done after the end of a relationship. I should’ve called the exhibition…

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The RedHouse Art Raffle for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Date: 23rd February - 23rd March 2015

UPDATE 24.03.15 - WINNERS ANNOUNCED... Many thanks to all who entered and supported The RedHouse Art Raffle…

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Lost & Found by David Rusbatch

Date: 4th April - 3rd May 2014

A groundbreaking exhibition celebrating UK dance music and club culture "Rusbatch is like a visual mash-up put through a…

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Winter at RedHouse

Date: 1st December 2012 - 28th February 2013

The Old and the New, the Great and the Good; there's something for everyone at RedHouse this Winter. The gallery will…

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The Time Is Now

Date: 2nd December 2011 - 30th January 2012

A stunning collection of the finest in 21st Century Pop, Modern and Urban Contemporary Art. RedHouse Originals are…

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The Mr Nice Project - Featuring Howard Marks

Date: 26th October - 13th November 2010

We are delighted to introduce 'The Mr Nice Project'; an exclusively commissioned portrait series based on the…

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