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Location: South East
Settings: Art collections, Homes, Places of worship, Public buildings
Techniques: Acid etching, Painting / staining
Specialisms: Exhibition work, New commissions

Ruth Taylor Jacobson studied painting and etching at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1959-63, where she won first prize in figure drawing. She was involved in painting and print-making and exhibited widely. Many years later she was attracted to stained glass and studied at Central St Martin's where she was awarded a Fellowship in Stained Glass, 1991–92.

She has always loved painting and drawing people, both real and imaginary. For many years she worked in intaglio etching, exploring the qualities of line and texture, luminous highlights and intense shadow. Stained glass combines these qualities with light shining through glowing colour, and the strong, expressive rhythms of the lead-lines. 

She is haunted by the destiny of her People, and in her most personal work, creates a mosaic of images exploring her Jewish identity. She is inspired by ritual objects and symbols, the literature whose power and poetry resonates through the ages, and the drama of events in history. Above all, she seeks to commemorate people for whom there is no other memorial.

stained glass panel
Ain Sof 2006
Private commission. Front door panel, London. Antique glass, acid-etched and painted.
stained glass panel
Masks for a Purimspiel, Mordechai the Jew 1998
Exhibition panel. Acid-etched and painted antique glass and commercial glass. 900mm x 620mm
stained glass panel
Footballers 2012
Exhibition panel. Antique glass, acid-etched and painted. 400mm x 400mm
stained glass window
'Not Yet!' 2017
Exhibition panel. Painted antique glass. 900mm x 530mm
stained glass panel
The Eternal 2005
Collection of Victoria & Albert Museum. Antique glass, acid-etched and painted. Approx 1.7m x 0.8m
Tree of Life Simchat Torah 1989
Artists' collection. Antique glass, acid-etched and painted. 710mm x 430mm