Pippa Gatty was born in London in 1965 and studied painting at Chelsea School of Art. She has exhibited with galleries including the Mall Galleries and the Jerwood Space, London. Gatty’s work is centred around a belief in the power of artistic labour and activity to generate a phantasm. She uses her medium as a way to understand and navigate through archival material. Her investigations, and process, together create a liminal space between the imaginary and the real, the known and the unknown, in which the acts of pretending and believing are addressed. Drawing on a rich history of the sublime and a nostalgia for the golden age of romantic landscape, the paintings suggest an environmental foreboding, and a grief for both lost innocence and a vanished world. The surface of each painting is heavily worked, having been repeatedly painted and repainted, before the final image reveals itself. The finished works represent both a series of melancholic excavations into a lost past and meditations on a potential future. She lives and works in Scotland.