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Eve Pettitt

Eve trained at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea and the Royal Drawing School.  She is a figurative artist based in West London. Painting in oils directly from life, Eve is preoccupied with the wonders of nature and the human form, exploring both their presence and absence in space.  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 exhibits extensively, including with the Society of Women Artists, New English Art Club, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize.  She was awarded the New English Art Club scholarship and took part in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.  Eve is currently Artist in Residence at Huddle in Hammersmith.