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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.

Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016, DYAD, Hive Dalston, London.
2015, Summer Salon, Candid Arts Trust, London
2013, Urban Outfitters, Guildford, Surrey
2012, Puncture, Vyner Street Gallery, London
2012, UCA Degree Show, University for the Creative arts Farnham, Surrey
2011, Eat My Hat, 10 Gales Gallery, Bethnal Green, London
2008, Liminality, High Chelmer, Chelmsford, Essex
2008, Essex Young Artists of the Future (1 of 8 students chosen) Supported by Essex County Council

Residencies

September 2012 - June 2013, Artist in Residence King Edward's School Witley, Surrey.

Original works:

Fruit Salad

By Rebecca Chitticks

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