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Rebecca Chitticks

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University: University for the Creative Arts
Graduation Year: 2012

New Blood Art Statement

Melancholic beauty is a recurring theme in Rebecca Chitticks’ paintings. Her modern portraits address people as the essential subject in an intimate and esoteric condition. The artist seeks to bring out the importance of visual worth, painting the beautiful façade of the subject, challenging what is on the surface and asking the viewer to look deeper and interpret a world where beauty comes in second fate. Playing with light and shadow, a connotation of the uncertainty of beauty, she explores the morose element and true appeal of an individual.

Artist Statement

I’m a contemporary figurative artist working in oil on canvas, I find my work to be informed by the creeping influence of the digital realm. This sphere that we participate in casually within our day to day life seeps into our unconscious and I feel this influences my artistic practise. Whilst browsing through feeds and skimming streams of data I am constantly soaking up ideas and finding relationships, imagined narratives between disparate threads of information, fragments of pictures, colours and these are used as my references. Oil paint acts as a conduit through which I am able to convey the fleetingness and allure of beauty, I hope to incite emotion through my choice of imagery and colour palette. Whilst the ideas, hopes and intentions of the action are transient the painting remains constant. I paint primarily male subjects; I feel my work seeks to bring balance to the realm of portraiture which is saturated with paintings of women by heterosexual male artists.

Solo Exhibitions

2016, Showcase, Photovogue Studio, Essex
2014, Taciturnity, The Digby Gallery, Essex
2013, Firstfruit, King Edward's School Witley, Surrey

Group Exhibitions

2018, Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London
2018, HARDEST HUE TO HOLD, HKS Architects, London
2017, Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, Ashurst Gallery, London
2017, One Piece, NSH Arts, London
2017, Harley Gallery Open Exhibition, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
2017, Profile, MA-WAH, London
2016, DYAD, Hive Dalston, London
2015, Summer Salon, Candid Arts Trust, London
2013, Exhibition, Urban Outfitters, Surrey
2012, Puncture, Vyner Street Gallery, London
2012, Degree Show, University for the Creative Arts, Surrey
2011, Eat My Hat, 10 Gales Gallery, London
2008, Liminality, High Chelmer, Essex

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2016, Foci Magzine, Arts and Poetry Award, Shortlisted
2017, Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, Shortlisted
2017, Harley Gallery Open, Shortlisted

Original works:

Fruit Salad

By Rebecca Chitticks