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About Emma

Emma studied painting at Dunedin School of Art graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009. She continues to live in Dunedin where she works from a studio, making paintings, drawings and collages. She’s interested in painting for it’s a technically challenging medium and has a long history of story telling. She uses gouache to create predominantly figurative paintings imbued with cryptic social narratives.

Outside of her studio she works as a picture framer and tour guide at Olveston Historic Home. Between 2014 - 2015 she was a Member of The Board of Trustees for The Blue Oyster Project Space in Dunedin.









2005–06 Cultural Exchange, Liceo Artistico, Italy

2006–09 Bachelor of Fine Art, Dunedin School of Art



2015 Wonder Word, Bellamys Gallery, Dunedin.

2013 Summer of Gauguin, 30upstairs, Wellington.

2012 Around the Block on Tenterhooks, University Library, Dunedin.

2012 Grip and Release: Hold Us Close Like a Child, Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin.                               

2012 Zygote, Sanderson Gallery, Auckland.

2010 Papery Godfolk, COCA Gallery, Christchurch.



2015 Dunedin Artists in Wellington, Bowen Galleries, Wellington.

2014 Adding C, D and E, Toi Poneke Art Centre, Wellington.

2013 Blue Oyster International Art Fair, Salisbury Boutique, Dunedin.

2012 Animalis, Inge Doesberg Gallery, Dunedin.

2011 Saint One Twenty, Melbourne.

2009 Papery Godfolk, Dunedin School of Art.

2011 Progetto Quartiere, San Vitale, Italy.



2012 Driessen, E. ‘Priests and Protests’, 30 October 2012.

2012 Claessen, S. ‘Findings in the Dig: Excavations on the Fertile Body.’ Catalogue text for Zygote Exhibition.

2012 We are Optimistic. ed, Lets Roar Loudly: Conversations about Art and Feminism. WAO Publishing Dunedin, 2011 pg 33 - 36.



2015 Lavinia Winter Fellowship, New Zealand Pacific Studios, Wairapa.



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