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Eve Ess

Eve Ess is a Departmental Lecturer in Contemporary Art and MFA course leader at the Ruskin School of Art.

Eve Ess’s paintings of women emerge from a process of improvisation. She constructs scenarios and settings around these characters, drawing on personal experience and the history of painting. 

Crossover between the decorative scheme of her childhood bedroom and Pablo Picasso’s Weeping Woman (1937) formed the basis of a doctorate in Painting at the Royal College of Art, 2009-13. 

Mostly a painter, Eve also writes and makes other objects, lettering, sewn things, furniture and performances. She probes and plays-up the inconsistencies of a feminist, psychoanalytical attitude tethered to  paintings that embrace Expressionist figuration.

Eve previously studied History of Art at UCL and has researched and written about artists’ pedagogy for Tate Learning over several years.

Email eve.ess@rsa.ox.ac.uk