Abstract Forms in Red
Oil on Canvas. 61 x 122 cm
Signed and dated 2009, verso.
Alex Rutterford is an accomplished British film director and graphic designer. He studied graphic design at the Croydon School of Art and graduated in 1991. He started his professional career by designing vernacular graphics for sets of films such as Judge Dredd. He then worked as an art director and designer, on clothing design, logos, and album covers (for record labels such as Warp Records, One Little Indian Records, Parlophone, Sony Music). He also did computer modelling, animation and image manipulation. He was a member of the design team lost in space where he worked as CG artist and creative director. He paints in his quiet time, and has amassed a number of abstract works on canvas.
His most well-known works include the videos for "Gantz Graf" by Autechre, "Verbal" by Amon Tobin and "Go to Sleep" by Radiohead. Lesser known is the unofficial video he created for the Autechre track "Eutow" as part of the Channel 4 music programme Lo-fi in 2001. His short film work includes Sound Engine, an early study made for onedotzero2 set to an Autechre song; 3space, again specially made for Onedotzero and set to the overture of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro; and Monocodes. All these films and videos consist of 3D computer generated imagery, and feature visuals that follow the rhythm of the music very closely. He ws design director on two music videos directed by Cunningham, namely Björk's "All Is Full of Love (1999), and Squarepusher's "Come On My Selector" (1998) for which he created the video screens. He also did the camerawork, together with Rob Bliss, for Cunningham's Rubber Johnny.
His works have appeared in film festivals, DVD releases, and the Motion Blur published by Laurence King, Lovebytes, and several other digital film DVD compilations. He has won a Clio Gold and an ANDY Award. After being repped by production companies RSA and Black Dog, the promo division of RSA, for many years, he signed with Joyrider in spring 2012.
For over a decade, during his spare time and for his own pleasure, Alex has applied his creative drive to painting. He has accumulated a number of paintings that are purely personal, and form a body of work that reflects his inspiration derived from music, cosmology and modern times. He has enough work to form a selling exhibition, but running shy of commercial galleries, remains to be persuaded. Hopefully it is only a matter of time.
"Eutow" by Autechre (2001)
"Gantz Graf" by Autechre (2002)
"Verbal" by Amon Tobin (2002)
"Go to Sleep. (Little Man Being Erased.)" by Radiohead (2003)
"Write This Down" by Maxïmo Park (2012)
Sound Engine (1998)
"A Day in the Life/The Icon" for Sony PlayStation Portable 2005,
"Future Construction", "Ring", "Street" for Dodge Ram 1500(Roc 'Em Sock 'Em campaign, 2007, agency: BBDO Detroit)
"Bass Bins", "Mojito" for Bacardi (Made to Mix campaign, 2007, agency: RKCR/Y&R London)
"Aroma Paths" for Nescafé Collection (2008, agency: McCann-Erickson London)
"The Journey/The Legendary Cruise Party/Bottle Cap" for Heineken (2011, agency: Publicis United Moscow)
"Range", "cee'd/Sportage", "Picanto/Rio" (January 2013), "Sportage/pro_cee'd GT", "Picanto/Rio" (July 2013) for Kia Motors (Keyboards/Reviews & Recommendations campaign, 2012/2013, agency: Innocean Worldwide UK, London)