Body and hand, resting, 2014
Ink and watercolour on paper
Original size: 54 x 32 cm (w x h)
Eve Ackroyd (b. UK, 1984) lives and works in New York. Details of bodies appear in Ackroyd’s paintings – headless torsos, hands reaching out to touch another figure, heads turned, lying side by side. By observing and detailing bodily gestures and physical encounters, she is enquiring into patterns of social and instinctive human behaviour. Themes such as corruption, religion, power, individualism, desire and satisfaction all recur in her work. In her paintings, such notions are distilled into images of the body and presented via its relationship to environment and space. The body at rest is a recurring figure in Ackroyd’s work, and she explores how that can reveal both the inner state and external restraints of human existence.
Ackroyd studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and Weissensee School of Art in Berlin. Her work was selected by Ceri Hand for Creekside open, APT gallery, 2013 and she was a finalist in the John Moores painting prize in 2012. She was invited by Art HK to show a solo presentation of her work in Hong Kong in 2011 with Cole London.