REALISM / PORTRAITURE / WOODCUTTING / TRADITIONAL / COLLAGE
Eva Hewitt is a 2nd Year Painting and Printmaking student studying at GSA. With Art Drool, Eva discusses the influence of her family archive, faith and humanity as she discovers and develops new methods of working.
Tell us a bit about yourself and where you're based.
My name is Eva Hewitt and I am a 19-year-old Painting & Printmaking student based in Glasgow, Scotland.
I have been making art from an early age and have always had an appreciation for photorealism. I will always remember being introduced to the work of Glaswegian hyperrealist artist, Paul Cadden – his realistic pencil sketches are absolutely astounding!
I hope you enjoy hearing about my practice…
What do you make & how do you make it?
My artistic practice draws inspiration from many aspects of my life. Namely, my family archive, my Faith and specifically my appreciation of humanity, in the form of portraiture.
I have always had a deep-rooted enjoyment for acrylic painting however have been improving in my oil painting ability and even ventured into the territory of collage and printing techniques more recently.
The idea of giving credit where credit is due, appreciating hard work, and valuing the undervalued, are important in my process and outcomes. Previously themes of beauty, belief, and human nature/interaction have cropped up in my work too.
What has been your biggest challenge to navigate?
I would describe the printmaking process as a challenge I had to navigate carefully, having worked in areas such as etching, woodcutting, monotype, and screen-printing. I really love how practical the act of printmaking is and although etching itself takes a lot of preparation and time, the final result of a successful print really made it worthwhile.
I was puzzled when I encountered the process of woodcutting, describing it as ‘working back to front’ and it was certainly a change from the strictly realistic work I was so used to. I am now happy to say I have solved the conundrum of woodcut reduction printing and produced a selection of successful prints earlier this year.
How do you think your practice sits in today's context?
I have often felt the urge to make art about not only the people I encounter in my own life, but the qualities I admire in those people and in the wider world.
I prefer to work in a more realistic manner and one that an audience can relate to. I relish the opportunity to work with the public or my close friends, whether this be by painting/sketching their portrait or by using my artistic skill to help others.
I hope that my work brings a sense of appreciation to the timeless qualities adopted by those who inspire my work, because such qualities will never go out of fashion!
I aim for my work to bring a simple sense of joy to the contemporary world.
What's next on your practice-agenda? Goals, projects or any upcoming shows perhaps?
I will spend part of this summer considering commission requests and continuing to paint for enjoyment. Collage is certainly on the cards too since I find collaging such an enjoyable way of making freely without overthinking.
I see a lot of value in creating a network with artists I admire over online platforms and I am happy to say I have communicated and supported the work of artists in Glasgow and further afield.
I would like to invite you to join me over on Instagram: @_footprintsoffaith
My work has previously featured in the 2020 online exhibition ‘Emergence’ alongside my fellow artists’ end-of-year work.
Check out the online Painting & Printmaking 2nd year exhibition 'ＥＭＥＲＧＥＮＣＥ'
Favourite studio food?
One of the most popular lunch choices among my friends and I is falafel! We are lucky enough to have our studios nearby the Falafel-To-Go stand in Glasgow’s City Centre and I would highly recommend it to anyone who lives in or is just passing through Glasgow - you won’t be disappointed. ☺
Something interesting you have seen this week?
In my spare time, I attend weekly boxing & circuit classes in my local area. It has been interesting and really great to see how much everyone has improved in their fitness and overall ability - even after taking a break from these weekly sessions.
Final words of advice for your peers?
I would encourage not only my peers, but any artist, to trust your instincts. Have confidence in your ability, and most importantly, hold onto your own artistic integrity.
Keep up to date on Eva's work by following her on Instagram at @_footprintsoffaith