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EMILY IMESON

Emily’s connection to the Australian land has developed a strong desire for her to acknowledge the importance of protecting nature through unveiling aspects that otherwise go unnoticed. Her paintings transform the common landscape into celebrations; they hold a strong presence and provide a glimpse into her world. She also understands the vital importance of First Nation’s people when it comes to understanding this unique land and caring for a healthy environment. Originally from Orange, Emily moved to Tamworth for primary and Lismore for high school. After graduating she moved to Sydney for a few years and then on to Brisbane where she began her Diploma of Visual Arts at Southbank Institute of Technology. She then enrolled into a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Southern Cross University (SCU) in Lismore. Accepted, with recognition of prior learning, into 2nd year, Emily was granted a Rising Star Scholarship. This gave her the ability to buy and experiment with a wide range of materials and mediums, it also allowed her to maintain high grades focusing on her studies, treating it as a full-time job. In 2015 Emily undertook an internship with Lismore Regional Gallery and had the experience of working closely with Hiromi Tango, an artist who made a profound impression on Emily, instilling confidence in her and supporting her to express herself as an artist. She had her first solo show in October 2016 and by November 2016 Emily received a Young Regional Artists Scholarship (YRAS) from Create NSW to complete a project of professional development. A second solo show followed at Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay, July 2017. The show marked a midway point of her YRAS scholarship, 11 large oil paintings of regional NSW. Emily was selected to show 2 works in the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards, Sydney and was involved with numerous group shows during 2017 and more solo shows in 2018-19. A most recent career highlight was when she was named the Macquarie Group emerging artist of 2019 and she’s recently had her first solo show at Saint Cloche in 2020. View CV: Click here to view PDF

“The unique and overwhelming environments of Central Australia recite poems of water and evolution. Vertical ranges marked with tilted sedimentary lines show the history of an ancient inland sea (850 - 400 million years ago). The compressed layers of ocean deposits were pushed up (300 million years ago), creating kilometers of formidable rock formations that dissect the land. Wind, water, and time have sculpted these ranges to create sanctuaries for life to thrive, deep permanent water holes to fuel healthy and diverse ecosystems….here the world’s oldest surviving culture have lived for millennia. As I moved through the national parks surrounding Mparntwe (Alice Springs) I reflected on this antiquity, and realised how short humanity’s story is and how big our impact has been."

2020, Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, finalist Exhibition, Surry Hills NSW 2019, Beverley Art Prize, WA 2019, John Villers Outback art prize, Winton QLD 2019: Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, Recipient, Sydney 2019: Honourable Mention Award, John Villers Outback Art Prize, Winton QLD 2016-2018: Young Regional Artist Scholarship, ARTS NSW 2014-2016: Rising Star Scholarship, The New Camera House, Lismore

2021: Ancient River, River Red (solo) – Saint Cloche, Sydney 2020: Nautilus (group) - Saint Cloche, Sydney 2020, Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020 (online) 2020: Take Me There (solo) – Saint Cloche, Sydney