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Ruth Todd (1909—2006)

Ruth Todd’s illustrious life began before the sinking of the Titanic. Ruth was five when Charlie Chaplin made his first film in America. She wrote encouraging letters to our soldiers in World War I and for the first 32 years of her life there was no such thing as a television commercial.

Ruth was kidnapped; a stunning New York City fashion model; on the arm of a famous orchestra leader; married to a Mensa poet; and the precocious pupil of Robert Motherwell. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, she had become one of Colorado’s most visible and avant-garde artists. Her shows at the Morris Gallery and Bodley Gallery in New York City were acclaimed in Art News Magazine. She was exhibiting in New York City when there were few exhibition possibilities for women. Her husband, poet Littleton Todd, owned Todd Manufacturing, which specialized in handcrafted wood products. He was a “constant ally,” she said, in her explorations of unusual combinations of materials, that Ruth imbued with oil paint and the unique topographies she created brought her considerable attention, especially for a female artist at the time.

As she became a senior artist, Ruth continued to find art in discards and debris including wrapping paper, advertisements – she even used her own paint rags as art material. She is one of Colorado’s most eminent, accomplished and avant-garde female artists. Very honest and direct in her work, Todd has played a very significant role in Colorado’s art history. She has exhibited in prestigious Manhattan art galleries as well as in Colorado shows and today is part of the permanent collection of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art.
 
     
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