That Canadian Girl, PrunellaMalia Pettit
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
10 " h x 10 " w x .75 " d |0 lbs. 9 oz.
Inspired by Milt Kobayashi's rendering of young women in intimate settings, Malia channeled his essence through use of determined, glossy, fluid brushstrokes. "In my early 20s, I worked at Phillips Auctioneers on Bond St in London with a Canadian girl named Prunella," Malia explains of her subject. "Her hair was hard and wiry, sticking out in parts in back - exactly like the painting. Same exact color too, like she had dyed it with Bloxx Mars Orange. I've no idea where that girl is now, but this is for her."
Malia Pettit sees her artistic process as an act of “liberating the paint” and “allowing for the unexpected to occur.” Her portraits of women stem from a fascination with glossy magazines and their portrayal of models, actors and celebrities. Her work has been especially influenced by Chantal Joffe and John Singer Sargent. She currently lives in California after having lived in England for ten years. When she’s not painting, she is a full-time mom and enjoys exploring estate sales, antique stores and used bookstores.