EMMA BENZ

FINE ART

I am a contemporary artist specialising in bright, bold watercolours and pencil drawings based on botanical and natural subjects. In my work I seek to bring the outdoors in, which has become more prevalent during recent times.

My former training as a Painting Restorer at the Courtauld Institute of Art guides my painting practice with an extensive knowledge of artists materials and techniques, particularly in the art of gilding using 24ct gold leaf which I apply to a number of my paintings and prints. My work has been exhibited throughout the South East and I am represented by the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery.

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CLAIR DE LUNE

Watercolour and 24k gold leaf on paper

635 x 535mm

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ALL ABOUT BALANCE

Watercolour and 24k gold leaf on paper

635 x 535mm

SOLD

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AHEAD OF THE CROWD

Watercolour and 24k gold leaf on paper

635 x 535mm

SOLD

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MODERN BOTANICALS

STUDIO NEWS

NEW STOCKIST

I'm thrilled to say that you can now find my koi and other greetings cards at the most beautiful and oldest department store in the world Le Bon Marché in Paris.

 

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NEW LARGE scale WORK

I was recently commissioned to paint this large scale watercolour of a single sweet pea. The finished work measured 1000 x 1000mm unframed, and was painted exclusively in Japanese watercolours. To read more about the making of this work and what the commission process involves, please read my blog post here.

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ART ON A POSTCARD

I was honoured to have been invited to take part in the Art on a Postcard 3rd Annual Summer Auction, raising money for the Hepatitis C Trust.

Previous artists who have taken part are Damien Hirst, Gilbert and George, Peter Blake RA and Grayson Perry RA. I have created 4 original postcard sized watercolours with 24k gold leaf: 'Berry Special', 'Gold Leaf' and 'Nature versus/versus Nurture'. Lots 129 - 132 and can be viewed on the Art on a Postcard website.

 

My blog detailing the making of these works can be read here.

THE TIMES newspaper FEATURE

My original watercolour and gold leaf painting 'Berry Special' was featured in The Times newspaper on June 2 2020.

 

This painting was created for the Art on a Postcard Summer Auction and is amongst 280 works by "exceptional artists whose work stands out as challenging conventions and breaking new ground".

'Berry Special' is Lot 132 in the Art on a Postcard auction and can be viewed here.

ART FOR NHS

Renowned perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek approached me with their idea to create two original watercolours which would feature on their new limited edition candles. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of these candles will go to Our Front Line charity, who give round the clock mental health support to NHS key workers. Two new mood enhancing fragrances based on joy, hope and gratitude have been developed for the candles and they each feature my Rainbow and Sunshine paintings. Please visit their website for more details.

To help raise more funds, I created limited edition cards and prints from these two paintings. I am really happy to say that a fantastic £150 was raised for Our Front Line charity. A huge thank you to everyone who bought something!

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