Eve Pettitt

Painting directly from life, Eve is preoccupied with the wonders of nature and the human form, exploring both their presence and absence in space.  Influenced by her lifelong studies of yogic teachings and spiritual thought she searches to crystallise on canvas the unselfconscious present state of being of the sitter and the natural world around her; a sense of mortality clashes with vivid embodiment.

Unceasingly concerned with colours and their relationships, Eve explores what happens when two colours meet, how they dance side by side and what occurs at the borderline.  Understanding colour is fundamental to her creative process, each hue sings and resonates with its neighbour, creating a rhythm within the composition.  Drawing inspiration from the shallow planes of modernism, Eve builds form through geometric shapes, clear facets and defined edges. This ravenous enquiry results in paintings that are exuberant and deeply expressive.  Her work is delivered with potent emotion.

 

Drawing is an important part of her process.  She is constantly sketching, seeking to capture not only a moment in time or the essence of a figure but also the circulating air and the perception of space.  She draws in order to better understand the world; the unfolding can be extremely cathartic.

 

Eve studied at The Heatherley School of Fine Art and the Royal Drawing School, her work is held in private collections worldwide.  She lives and works in West London.

Prizes

Wedlake Bell Prize 2021 shortlisted

Awarded New English Art Club Scholarship 2019-2021

Diana Armfield RA NEAC Drawing Prize 2020 highly commended

The Moth Art Prize 2020 highly commended

Jackson's Open Painting Prize 2018 finalist

Exhibitions

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, SW1

Chelsea Arts Society, SW3

New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, SW1

Chelsea Arts Society, SW3

Chiswick in Pictures, Clayton Hotel, W4

Artists at Home, Open Studio

Diana Armfield Drawing from Observation Exhibition, Kew

Herbert Hedley Autumn Exhibition, Petersfield, Hampshire

Green & Stone Summer Exhibition, SW3 

New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, SW1

Chelsea Arts Society, Annual Exhibition, SW3

Artists at Home, Open Studio 

Hogarth Health Club, Chiswick

Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Festival

The Artistry House, Preston, Lancashire

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2019, Sky and Channel 4

Jackson's Emerging Artist Prize, Longlisted for 3 paintings

Artist in Residence, Riverside, W6

Chelsea Arts Society, Annual Exhibition, SW3

Utopia, Riverside Building, W6

Hammersmith & Fulham Arts Festival

Artist in Residence, Riverside, W6

Figurative Painting Exhibition, Two Brydges, WC2

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, NW3

National Open Art Exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf

Chelsea Arts Society, Annual Exhibition, SW3

A Letter In Mind, Charity Exhibition, Oxo Tower Gallery 

The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2017, N1

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Heatherleys Summer Exhibition, SW10

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, SW1

Heatherley's Printmaking Exhibition, SW10

Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, SW1

Heatherley's Summer Exhibition, SW10

Chelsea Arts Society, Summer Exhibition, SW3

Candid Arts Trust Portrait Exhibition - Winner, EC1

Solo Exhibition, Holland Park Lawn Tennis Club, W14

The Strand Gallery, Crossing Boundaries Beyond the Figure, WC2

Chelsea Arts Society, Summer Exhibition, SW3

Heatherley's Summer Exhibition, SW10