After graduating in Modern Languages from Oxford University, Rebecca Ivatts studied Objective Life Drawing and Painting at the Slade School of Art and Anatomy at the Princes Drawing School. Subsequently, she took classes in expressive life drawing with two tutors from the Royal College of Art.
After living in Madrid for four years, where she gained a diploma in Painting Processes and Techniques at San Fernando Arts Academy, Rebecca returned to the UK to continue her work.
Rebecca’s art had always focused on the nude, but the antenatal scans of her first child compelled her to take her paintbrush ‘inside’ for the first time…
With initial guidance from a London radiographer, brain imaging came as an epiphany – a springboard for the imagination, for finding the ‘out there’ through the ‘in here’. An angiogram took on the totemic symmetry of a tribal mask, a major stroke looked like an incredible opening up to the world. Rebecca peered into white and grey matter and saw dense ‘gardens’ inhabited by bodies, ghosts, constellations.
As well as exhibiting in London, Madrid, Hungary, Athens and Ireland, Rebecca Ivatts work has been acquired by private collectors, institutions and companies from across the globe.