Hebrides-based artist Pippa Gatty will present a new body of work in her first solo exhibition at Arusha Gallery this month. Generally dark and small in scale, hovering on the edge of abstraction, Gatty's paintings reflect her move from London to a remote smallholding on the Isle of Mull in 2014, and the influence of her location's wildness and isolation on her practice.
Gatty’s work is rooted in the language and history of painting, and the discourse between that and her natural environment. The rich microcosms document her experience of her environment, her sense of wonder and foreboding, and reflect a nostalgia for the promises of the Arcadian tradition, one of man in harmony with nature. A human or animal presence is often suggested but seldom depicted, although a consciousness and a primordial feature of things are always sensed.
Pippa Gatty has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Contemporary British Painting prize.