Rebecca Ivatts

Biography

After graduating in Modern Languages from Oxford University, Rebecca 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 has returned to London where she has her studio. Rebecca has exhibited her work in London, Madrid, Northern Spain, Athens and Ireland.

  • Rebecca Ivatts
  • Rebecca Ivatts
  • 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…

    Rebecca has collaborated with neuroscientist and Parkinson’s specialist Prof. Antoniades at Oxford University, and has worked with the lab of Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL) to produce works about the teenage brain.

    She is now – with support from Brain journal – embarking on a public engagement art project with Oxford neuro rehab academics and their stroke patients. Thanks to Alzheimer’s Research UK, she is also collaborating with dementia researchers at King’s College London.

    In addition to private collectors, Rebecca’s neuro works have been acquired by universities, dementia research and pharmaceutical companies in the UK, Europe and USA.