Approved: 14.05.2021

Emma Copley

Artist, Arts administrator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 14.05.2021

Glimpses of the everyday and human connection are on going threads within my work. Each painting is inspired by everyday life: a dark sink full of dishes with the sun coming in the window, or my son and daughter sitting with their backs to me, watching TV. I take pictures of these moments; make notes on colour and sketch. Using the photo as a starting point I create the composition on panel and eliminate areas from the image in order to intensify the emotion.

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Artist Statement

Glimpses of the everyday and human connection are on going threads within my work. Each painting is inspired by everyday life: a dark sink full of dishes with the sun coming in the window, or my son and daughter sitting with their backs to me, watching TV. I take pictures of these moments; make notes on colour and sketch. Using the photo as a starting point I create the composition on panel and eliminate areas from the image in order to intensify the emotion.

My largest works are 14 metres long and smallest 15 x 22 centimetres. My paintings begin with muted tones, using greys tinted with primary colour, ending with an infusion of bright colour that relates closely to these. I spend a lot of time looking at my palette and mixing groups of colour. Brushstrokes vary between smooth, slow, thoughtful marks and fast, thick layers of paint.

I paint and draw with thick oils on wood; smooth, flat gouache; ink and charcoal on paper. When using oils, I paint quickly with a palette knife spreading globs of paint on a smooth hard surface, wet into wet, carving out forms and building up texture.

CV & Education

Education

2017 Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art

Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (DI)

2001 Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting

2001 European Honours Programme, Rome, Italy

Rhode Island School Of Design (Hons)

Group Exhibitions

2021 July, Bird Box Gallery, Cambridge

2021 March, Letchworth Open, Curated by Kristian Day

2020 8 May - 19 June, @houseboundart, Chapel Arts Studios, instagram lockdown exhibition

2019 June, Summer Open, ARB Gallery, University of Cambridge

2018 Oct, The Other Art Fair, London

2018 Sep, Cambridge Original Print Biennale, Cambridge

2018 June, Summer Exhibition, Stephen Perse Foundation, Cambridge

2018 Apr, 20x20 Hospital Rooms, Griffin Gallery, London

2017 Dec, PIY Paint Lounge, Sluice Biennial, London

2017 Oct, ‘Epilogue’, Gallery 9, Norfolk St, Cambridge

2017 Sep ‘Flare’ MA Degree Show, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art

2017 June ‘Axis’ MA Fine Art and Photography Exhibition, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art

2017 May ‘This One’s For You’, collaborative work by Nina Lewis and Emma Copley, Cambridge School of Art

2017 Apr  ‘Collaboratory’ Artspace, Cambridge

2017 Apr, Sustainability Art Prize, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge School of Art

2016 Dec, Mapping Translations, Artspace,  Cambridge

2016 Oct, The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London

2016 Sep, Cambridge Art Fair, Josephine Harpur Gallery

2016 June, The Aldeburgh Gallery

2016 June, Lynn Painter Stainers Touring Exhibition, Guildford Art Gallery

2016 Apr, The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, Ashurst llp, London

2016 Apr, Introducing, Beside the Wave, Primrose Hill, London

2016 Mar, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize and Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2016 Feb, Ecriture Feminine, Edgar Modern, Bath

2015 Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Exhibition, Lyme Park, Cheshire

2015 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, The Mall, London

2015 Summer Exhibition, Addenbrookes Art Programme, Cambridge

2015 Creative Reactions, St Barnabus, Cambridge

2015 Cambridge Drawing Society, Guildhall, Cambridge

2012 The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Icing: Emma Copley Claire Sherwood, The Arts Center, Troy, NY

2012 Fatal Abstraction, Upstate Artists Guild, Albany, NY

2012 Allscapes, The Art Center of the Capitol Region, Troy, NY

2008 Emma Copley & Owen Sherwood, Martinez Gallery, Troy, NY

2006 Away, Clarion Contemporary Art, London, England

2006 Child, Clarion Contemporary Art, London, England

2002 Annual Artist’s Group of Charlestown, Boston, MA

2002 Gardens, Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA

2000 Disegni Dagli Album, European Honours Programme, RISD, Rome, Italy

Solo Exhibitions

2019-2020 Nov-Mar, ‘24 Portraits: Recovering and Reimagining Women’s Labour’, University of Cambridge

2017 Oct-Dec, ‘Pictures of You’, The Hospital Club, London

2013 Changing Spaces, Regents Street, Cambridge

2011 Dreams and Memories, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

2008 Nitty Gritty, Yates Art Gallery, Siena College, Albany, NY

2002 New Paintings, South West Gallery, Bethlehem, NY

2002 After Italy, Fine Arts Gallery, Worcester, MA

2001 The Show, Senior Thesis, European Honours Program, RISD, Rome, Italy

Awards / Residencies / Collections

2020 March, Added to the Department of Pathology’s permanent collection of artworks. ‘24 Portraits: Recovering and Reimagining Women’s Labour’, University of Cambridge

2020 March Longlisted Jackson’s Painting Prize, 2 paintings, ‘Family II’ and ‘Sea Water’

2020 Jan Awarded joint-grant from the Pathological Society for two Science and Art workshops at University of Cambridge Science Festival, applied for with Doctor/Lecturer from University (postponed due to covid-19)

2019 Awarded Grant by University of Cambridge to support making of ‘24 Portraits’, painting installation

2018 Winner The Other Art Fair x Habitat Award, Habitat AW18 Collection

2018 Artist in Residence, The Stephen Perse Foundation, Cambridge

2017 Longlisted for Painting Now, Studio 1 Gallery, London

2017 Shortlisted for Sustainability Art Prize at Anglia Ruskin University

2017 Commissioned, British Airways Advertisement

2016 Selected for ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

2016 Shortlisted for final judging, Sunday Times Watercolour Award, London

2016 Selected for The Ashurst Emerging Art Prize, London

2016 Pre-selected stage, New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, London

2016 Selected for the Lynn Painter Stainers Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2015 Semi Finalist for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

2015 Shortlisted for final judging, National Open Art Competition

2015 Selected for ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2014 Funding, Access Art / Arts Council East UK, 40 Artists Educators

2012 Runner-Up, Creative Quarterly‘s 28th Int’l Competition, Best of Art

2012 New York State Grant, Troy, NY