EMMA BENZ

PAINTINGS, PRINTS & GREETINGS CARDS

I am a contemporary artist specialising in bright, bold watercolours based on natural and botanical subjects. In my work I explore our relationship to Nature as well as to each other, especially the way we interact with one another individually as well as within communities.

My studio is based on the beautiful Gower Peninsula in Wales and I regularly accept commissions.

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 I studied Painting Conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art and worked as a painting conservator at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and the National Museum of Wales before returning full time to painting just over 3 years ago. My experience in art conservation informs my artistic practice through an extensive knowledge of artist's materials and techniques, especially with the use of hand applied 24K gold leaf. I use watercolours in a non-traditional way, exclusively painting in Japanese watercolours and applying the paint in one continuous layer to maximise the impact of the palette.

 

In 2020 I was invited to create 4 original paintings for the acclaimed Art on a Postcard Summer Auction, alongside well known artists such as Julien Opie and Jake and Dinos Chapman. My painting for this auction 'Berry Special' was featured in The Times newspaper. I was selected for this auction as an artist ‘whose work stands out as challenging conventions and breaking new ground’. As an emerging artist my work has been exhibited throughout the South East and is in many private collections in the UK. I was also the tutor of Botanical Watercolour painting at the Henley-on-Thames School of Art up until the pandemic.

I was recently approached by Fortnum & Mason to create gold leaf greetings cards based on 6 of my paintings. Each card has been gilded by myself using 24K gold leaf and are miniature artworks in themselves, designed to be framed and enjoyed. They have just been launched in the iconic Piccadilly store.

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Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery Winter Exhibition 2019


STUDIO NEWS

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FORTNUM & MASON
GOLD LEAF DEMO

I recently gave a gold leaf demo at the iconic Fortnum & Mason store in Piccadilly.

From the bespoke gold leaf cards for Fortnums as well as my limited edition prints, I went through the whole process from applying the gold leaf size right up to dusting and burnishing the 24k gold leaf.

I will be returning for more demos in the future so please keep checking back or follow me on Instagram for more details.

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exhibition news

I am thrilled to have been invited back to the beautiful Mission Gallery to exhibit on 'The Wall' from 26 March - 7 May 2022.

This exhibition will be the first display of brand new works from the studio.

More details can be found on the Mission Gallery website below or by following me on Instagram.

Mission Gallery is situated in the Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 1TY

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FORTNUM &MASON

I was recently approached by Fortnum & Mason to create bespoke hand gilded greetings cards based on 6 of my paintings.

 

Each card is individually gilded by myself using 24K gold leaf and comes with a matching gold envelope. These cards are miniature artworks in their own right and are designed to be framed and cherished. 

These cards are available in their Piccadilly store and are exclusive to Fortnum & Mason.

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exhibition news

I am thrilled to have been selected for Mission Gallery's 'Gyda'n gilydd / Together' exhibition which is on from 27 November 2021 - 08 January 2022 at their beautiful gallery in the Maritime Quarter in Swansea.

A selection of my paintings, drawings and hand gilded prints will be on display. 

More details can be found on the Mission Gallery website or by following me on Instagram.

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you would like to discuss commissioning a painting, please tap the button below.

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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.

 

If you are a stockist and would like to view my new one-stop Wholesale shop page please click on the link below:

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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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