Kate Pettitt North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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I am an artist and designer living and working in York, UK. My paintings and drawings explore the natural environment and the human form, and are often elemental, instinctive and textural. Inspired by movement, shifting light and changing weather conditions, I aim to capture the character and uniqueness of people and place. I work in acrylic, oils, graphite, charcoal, ink and watercolour.

My landscape painting process typically begins with plein air studies on paper, and sketches. I often spend many days exploring and studying a place in order to observe its unique qualities of light, colour, texture and atmosphere, at all times of day and in different weather conditions. I like to sit quietly in a landscape and let it talk to me, allowing nature and wildlife to relax in my presence and reveal itself. The works I produce this way are direct, instinctive and emotional responses to the environment and have a loose and immediate quality to them. When back at the easel, I use these studies and sketches to trigger memories and to inspire my larger studio paintings, where I may introduce heavy texture and abstract elements – the end result being an impression of a place or time rather than a direct representation.

I also love to paint and draw the human form. My figurative paintings and drawings explore the character of the models (clothed or nude) through expressive line and tone. I attend regular life sessions (online and in person) and sometimes invite models to the studio for longer studies. Longer studies and portraits may take place over a number of sittings. Life drawing is an essential element of my practice that I use to develop observational skills, explore mark-making techniques and hone my ability to record visual information swiftly, editing out unnecessary detail.

As well as my paintings, I have a range of art cards, printed books, gifts and high quality giclée prints for sale.

I am a member of York Artworkers’ Association, SAA, AN, CuratorSpace and the Chartered Society of Designers.

I am represented by Pyramid Gallery and Corner Gallery.

Artwork

Evening Light, Acrylic and stucco on canvas, 2017

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Barton le Willows, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 2017

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Pasture, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 2018

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Castle Coast, Oil on canvas, 2017

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Peas, Graphite and ink on paper, 2017, Giclée print £80 unframed

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Martin, Oil on canvas, 2016

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White eryngiums, Graphite and watercolour on paper, 2018, Giclée print £80 unframed

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Guinea Fowl Feathers, Acrylic and graphite on paper, 2018, 250

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Foxgloves in the Wall, Acrylic on canvas, 2018

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Lands End, Mixed media on board, 2018

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Hawnby Hill, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 2018

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Sennen Wave, Acrylic on canvas, 2019

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Sennen Reflections, Acrylic on canvas, 2019

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High Down, Mixed media on board, 2019

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Walking Home, Acrylic on board, 2019

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Sarah, Acrylic and charcoal on board, 2019

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Sam, Acrylic and charcoal on board, 2019

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Curled, Acrylic and charcoal on paper, 2019

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Rain Over Littondale, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas in a white St Ives frame, 2019

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Light Over Littondale, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 2019

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Littondale study (work on paper), Watercolour and graphite on paper, 2019

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Storm (work on paper), Acrylic on paper, 2018

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Snowdon, Acrylic, graphite and chalk on acid-free paper, 2019

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Distant Mountain, Acrylic and grsaphite on paper, 2019

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Gold, Mixed media on canvas, 2020

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Time and Tide: Imprints, Mixed media on canvas, 2020

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Time and Tide: Early Morning, Acrylic on canvas, 2020

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Garrowby Hill: July, Acrylic and graphic on canvas, 2020

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Across the Strait, Acrylic, graphite, charcoal and chalk on paper, 2020

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Hiraeth, Acrylic, graphite, charcoal and chalk on paper, 2020

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Three White Stones, Acrylic, graphite, charcoal and chalk on paper, 2020

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Rain Over the Strait, Acrylic, graphite, charcoal and chalk on paper, 2020, 700

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Oystercatchers in Rain, Acrylic, graphite, charcoal and chalk on paper, 2020

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Remembered Landscape: Hope, Acrylic and graphic on canvas, 2020, 750

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Elegant, Giclee print of an original graphite, charcoal and ink drawing, 2021, 80

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August: Garrowby Hill, Acrylic on deep edge canvas, 2020, 890

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I Can See For Miles and Miles, Acrylic on canvas, 2020

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Wally, Pastel on paper, 2020

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Sally's Rosa Mundi, Acrylic and water soluble pencils on canvas, 2020

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Buckden Beck, Acrylic, chacoal and chalk on paper, 2020, 750

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Song of the Sea (triptych), Mixed media, 2022, £2000

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Garrowby Hill: May, Acrylic, charcoal and chalk on paper, 2022

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Estuary, Mixed media, 2022, 990

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Hen Ffrind (Old Friend), Mixed media, 2022, 750

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Within, Acrylic and charcoal, 2022

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Upcoming events

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    Arnup Studios Christmas Open Weekend

      Arnup Studios  |    Art fair  |    03/12/2022 to 04/12/2022

    Join the resident artists at Arnup Studios for a relaxed weekend in our countryside studios in Holtby. Avoid the Christmas crowds and rush, and buy original and hand-crafted Christmas gifts direct from the artists.

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Projects and exhibitions

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Pop-up solo exhibition

27/09/2022 — 22/10/2022

Solo exhibition of landscape plein air and studio paintings of, and inspired by, North Wales.

Galeri Harlech, Harlech Details

Twitter Art Exhibition

25/06/2022 — 26/06/2022

Postcard-sized works sold at affordable prices at this charity art exhibition in aid of the Encephalitis Society. The event took place in the Hiscox Building in York. Three artworks were donated.

Hiscox Building, York, and online, York Details

Ferens Open Exhibition

19/02/2022 — 02/05/2022

Prestigious open exhibition in Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Details

Arnup Studios Group Exhibition

04/02/2022 — 28/03/2022

Group exhibition of resident artists at Arnup Studios, held at Blossom Street Gallery in York.

Blossom Street Gallery, York Details

Christmas Shopping Weekend

04/12/2021 — 05/12/2021

A weekend of Christmas shopping at Arnup Studios, with all resident artists taking part.

Arnup Studios, Holtby, York Details

Art&

22/10/2021 — 24/10/2021

As Art& (the physical exhibition) was cancelled, I held an associated event in my studio at Arnup Studios instead, three other participating Art& artists. Art& was also an online event.

Arnup Studios and online, Holty, York and online Details

York Open Studios 2021

10/07/2021 — 18/07/2021

10-11 and 16-18 July 2021. Opened Gallery Studio to the public for two weekend for York Open Studios.

Arnup Studios, Holtby, York Details

From the Mountains to the Sea

01/10/2020 — 30/10/2020

Solo exhibition at Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate, York

Pyramid Gallery, York Details

York Open Studios 2020

18/04/2020 — 24/05/2020

Welcoming the public into my workplace in Holtby. This event was cancelled due to Covid-19, but blog posts and online virtual tours etc occured throughout.

Arnup Studios, Holtby, York Details

Solo Charity Exhibition

22/01/2020 — 18/08/2020

Solo exhibition of landscape paintings, for Pyramid Gallery, York. Percentage of sales donated to St Leonard's Hospice. This exhibition was transferred online part-way though, due to Covid-19.

Marriott Hotel York, for Pyramid Gallery, York Details

York Artworkers Association Group Exhibition

18/01/2020 — 23/02/2020

Group multi-disciplinary exhibition by York Artworkers Association.

Pyramid Gallery, York Details

Arnup Studios Launch Weekend

30/11/2019 — 01/12/2019

Special open weekend to celebrate the launch of Arnup studios and my new studio in the Gallery Studio.

Arnup Studios, Holtby, York Details

August Bank Holiday: A Fond Farewell to Castlegate House Open Weekend

23/08/2019 — 26/08/2019

To bid Castlegate House, my studio for over 12 years, a fond farewell and tell visitors about my move to Arnup Studios in Holtby in September 2019, I opened the studio doors to the public over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 2019.

Castlegate House, York Details

York Open Studios 2019

06/04/2019 — 14/04/2019

Took part in York Open Studios 2019, opening my studio to the public for two weekends in April. Sarah Jackson, textile artist, shared my studio and we welcomed over 1300 visitors.

Castlegate House, York Details

Solo exhibition

19/01/2019 — 13/02/2019

Solo exhibition of landscape and figurative paintings and drawings, displayed alongside ceramic works by John and Jude Jelfs.

Pyramid Gallery, York Details

Nature and Nurture: Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

31/08/2018 — 29/09/2018

Solo exhibition of studies and works on paper. Kate visited the gardens through the year to record the plants and seasonal changes.

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, Stillingfleet, York Details

Joint exhibition with Anna Harding

01/08/2018 — 31/08/2018

Joint exhibition with Anna Harding. Paintings and framed works on paper.

The Golden Ball, York Details

York Open Studios 2018

14/04/2018 — 22/04/2018

Own Studio, York Details

York Artworkers Association exhibition

09/01/2018 — 29/01/2018

Pyramid Gallery, York Details

Elementals

09/12/2017 — 08/01/2018

According To McGee, York Details

Solo exhibition

15/10/2016 — 06/01/2017

Fulford Framing, York Details

Art in the back room

02/05/2016 — 14/10/2016

Cafe No 8, York Details
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