Emily Imeson

Orange, NSW

b. 1992

Emily’s practice is a natural inquisition, fulfilling her innate desire to be in the landscape. “Over time I have developed a satisfying fixation of both; the Australian environment, and the process of painting itself.”

Emily holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Southern Cross University. Granted a Rising Star Scholarship during her studies, she graduated in June 2016. Between 2016 -18, Emily received a Young Regional Artists Scholarship from Create NSW to continue her investigations of primordial connections between humans and the natural world.

Driven by the biophilia hypothesis, Emily continuously takes herself into the land exploring ways to translate experience into paintings. Inspired by the resilience found within nature, the landscape has become a metaphor for her own psychology. Her works explore vivifying forces of nature, while also encouraging her audience to reflect on the impact humanity assails upon the world.

From June 2018 Emily has been traversing the country, living and working out of her car. A formative experience, her practice is now set in foundations of ‘en plein air’ painting. Documenting the immediate biota, then using ‘outdoor studios’, reflects upon memories, attempting to push beyond exclusively visual stimuli. 

“I find the immediacy of painting from life, and the distortions resulting from processes of remembering, an engaging way to articulate human experience.”

Emily was awarded the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize in 2019 for her work ‘Alive in the Dead of Night’. Most recently, she received a Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, 2020.

She has multiple works in private collections, works in the Macquarie Group Collection, Ballina Shire Council’s collection, and is represented by Saint Cloche Gallery in Sydney.