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New Exhibition by Roo S Waterhouse in Hebden Bridge


Local artist Roo Waterhouse has a short exhibition of paintings at the newly opened Unit Three Gallery at Northlight Art Studios in Hebden Bridge. The exhibition will be opening on Friday 5th June from 6.30-8pm, and will run over the weekend of Saturday 6th June and Sunday 7th June, from 11am to 4pm.

Since graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010, Roo has established herself as a figurative painter with a fascination towards poetic narrative, exhibiting widely across the North of England in solo exhibitions and in London galleries. She was a finalist in the Artist and Illustrator ‘Artist of the Year 2013’ show at The Mall Galleries, London. Her paintings are collected around the country.


This exhibition contains a series of new book paintings (‘Shelf-Portraits’) alongside some old favourites. All the paintings on show are on their way down to three galleries in London: ‘Unwritten Book’ has been accepted for the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery’s ‘Not the Royal Academy’ Show (8th June – 22nd August); Orso major Gallery in Waterloo will be stocking all Roo’s new ‘Shelf-Portrait’ paintings; and her larger scale ‘domestic’ paintings will be in an exhibition at Gallery98 Tower Bridge Road (12th June – 5th July).

Roo’s paintings are little personal poems, celebrating the significance of our treasured possessions. They each resonate with their own story and together form a narrative, an echo of personal and family identity. ‘’By capturing everyday objects and preserving them in paint I seek to pay homage to those things around us which we often may take for granted, and to remind us to stop and appreciate them.’’


Come and see her work before it all goes down to London!

Roo S Waterhouse at Unit Three Gallery

Open Saturday 6th June and Sunday 7th June , 11am-4pm

Unit Three Gallery

Northlight Art Studios

Valley Road

Hebden Bridge HX7 7BZ





Courtesy Roo S Waterhouse

Little Library earning it's keep in a Derby independant cinema

photoMy Little Library earning it’s keep promoting the Derby Book Festival


I had such fun painting it 🙂

SHELF-PORTRAITS (grown-up shelfies!)

My bookshelf paintings formally known as ‘Shelfies’

have had a re-branding ready for http://www.parallaxaf.co/ and will henceforth wish be known as…


this has a more professional air, and relates directly to the idea of traditional oil painting,

whereas ‘Shelfie’ automatically brings snapshot photography to mind….

And here’s the latest….


‘Unwritten Book 3’ rsw2015 oil on canvas 10″x20″ £325

''I think having a personalised, commissioned Shelfie is like having a portrait done of yourself (the original Selfie), portraying your personality through the books you read.'' – Some thoughts on shelf portraits from Emily Stubbs @ Holmfirth Art Martket…

”Bookshelves are a pretty universal thing. Almost everyone will have a bookshelf or surface to stack or store their books on. I find other peoples book shelves fascinating. As an avid reader myself, along with having worked as a librarian in a past life, I find bookshelves – or the books on them – are a secret window into that persons life.
Your bookshelves can say a lot about the person you are – they are a selection of stories, information and words that you have allowed into your life – they fill your head and your heart.


A bookshelf is a physical representation of many aspects of a persons life. Cookery books, travel guides, self help books, DIY guides, trashy novels and Shakespeare can all give an insight into your passions, personality, aspirations and dreams. Books hold memories of the places you have visited and the people you have met. They tell the story of holidays taken, family meals cooked, languages learned and problems overcome. They can be funny, romantic, thrilling, scary, autobiographical, technical, historical, geographical……
Roo Waterhouse’s commissioned paintings are a colourful glimpse into the lives of others. I get the same feeling in the winter when I walk down the street with everyone’s Christmas tree’s on show in their windows!

Then there is the whole other topic of order and display! How are your books organised on your shelf? Are they in alphabetical order? Grouped into categories? Size order? Colour spectrum? Soft back and hard back?
Or are you like Rob and his records in High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, compulsively re-ordering your books into lists of ‘Top 5 Romances’ or ‘Top 5 Breakup Novels’
The possibilities are endless….

I think having a personalised, commissioned Shelfie is like having a portrait done of yourself (the original Selfie), portraying your personality through the books you read.”

“Which books would you choose?”

Emily Stubbs @ Holmfirth Art Market

Alternative Shelfies (new paintings numbers 9 and 10)

Who said Shelfies have to be books?…….


‘MyLPs’ RSW2014 oil on canvas 12″x12″ £225

Save more than the music….


‘MyMixtapes’ RSW2014 oil on canvas 8″x12″ £195




New paintings numbers 7 and 8…


‘Parade’ RSW 2014 oil on canvas 10″x12″ £195



‘Orange Line-up’ RSW2014 oil on canvas 6″x16″ £195

All packed up and (nearly) ready to go for

The Art Market at Holmfirth Indoor Market, West Yorkshire

Sunday 22nd June 10am – 4pm


The Art Market is now renowned as an exciting, must-attend event for locals and visitors alike, providing an entertaining, family-friendly celebration of some of the best and most eclectic art the UK has to offer.

See you there!!