Kate Pettitt North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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I am an artist and designer living and working in York, UK. I work primarily in oil, graphite, watercolour and ink and am inspired by the natural environment, the elements and the beauty of the human form. I like to paint at a scale that allows me to be gestural, using light and shade, colour and texture to create work that is from an emotional source.

Sketchbooks and scrapbooks are used as references for my paintings, and I use them to trigger memories and feelings when back in the studio. When the British weather allows, I work ‘plein air’ to capture the energy I get when outside in the elements. Even when the weather doesn’t allow oil painting, regular plein air expeditions result in many works on paper, often in graphite and watercolour. These are direct and instinctive responses to the environments and have a free and loose quality to them. I often have to work with the weather conditions and you can see the rain drops on some of them!

In my figurative work, I aim to capture the character of the model, and enjoy working with models who have their own sense of style or who have a confidence or character that shines out in a drawing or painting. When painting people, I work from life, quickly and intuitively, using a mixture of mediums depending on the subject and the number of sittings.

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

I am a member of York Artworkers’ Association and the Chartered Society of Designers.

Currently exhibiting in a solo show at Pyramid Gallery, York, alongside ceramic works by John and Jude Jelfs (until 10th Feb 2019). Paintings and prints can also be seen at Corner Gallery, York.

Kate will be taking part in York Open Studios 2019.

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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Guinea fowl feathers, Acrylic on box canvas, 2018

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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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Dave with weight on one arm, Charcoal on paper, 2018

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After the rain, Graphite and watercolour on paper, 2018, Giclée print £80 unframed

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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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Mists (work on paper), Acrylic and graphite on paper, 2018

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

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Previous projects

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Art in the back room

02/05/2016 to 14/10/2016

Cafe No 8, York Details

Solo exhibition

19/01/2019 to 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

York Artworkers Association exhibition

09/01/2018 to 29/01/2018

Pyramid Gallery, York Details

Elementals

09/12/2017 to 08/01/2018

According To McGee, York Details

Solo exhibition

15/10/2016 to 06/01/2017

Fulford Framing, York Details

Nature and Nurture: Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

31/08/2018 to 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

York Open Studios 2018

14/04/2018 to 22/04/2018

Own Studio, York Details

York Open Studios 2019

06/04/2019 to 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

Joint exhibition with Anna Harding

01/08/2018 to 31/08/2018

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

The Golden Ball, York Details
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