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ABOUT ME

I am a contemporary artist working from my new seaside studio overlooking the  Gower coastline in Wales. My focus is on the natural world and I take inspiration from the coast and countryside surrounding my studio. I paint exclusively with specialist Japanese watercolours and incorporate 24k gold leaf into many of my works.

EXPERIENCE

I have painted from a young age, and was introduced to watercolours by my grandmother Talia Benz, who was a renowned airbrush artist in the States. Her father Otto Benz was an American Impressionist who studied at the New York School of Art under William Merrit Chase and painted beautiful scenes around Massachusetts and all along the East Coast of America.

I won the award for Art at both my primary and secondary schools, and while studying for my A-Levels I took part in the TV programme Watercolour Challenge and was a daily winner (I have the gilded presentation watercolour box as a beautiful souvenir).

I went on to study for a BA (Hons) in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Reading, followed by a three year PG Dip (Cons) in Painting Restoration at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Throughout every University holidays I undertook an internship at the National Museum of Wales Painting Conservation studio. It was here that I was taught the skill of gilding by the head conservator Kate Lowry. On graduating from the Courtauld, I immediately began working as the Painting Restorer at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Wales and was responsible for the conservation and preservation of the gallery collection, which included paintings, prints, miniatures, sculpture and china, as well as overseeing the preservation of works of art across the County's buildings. I also worked on the Gallery's many touring exhibitions which saw a wide variety of work spanning many centuries on display.

FULL TIME PAINTING

After the birth of my child I returned to my first love of painting, specialising in watercolour which I enjoy taking beyond it's traditional associations by using a bright and vivid palette and applying it in a wholly new way. I also use my skills in gilding by applying areas of fine gold leaf to my paintings and prints.

 

My work has been exhibited throughout the South East and I am represented by the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery. I also recently become the tutor of Botanical Watercolour and gilding at the Henley-on-Thames School of Art.

CONTACT ME

I regularly accept commissions. If you would like to contact me to discuss and find out about availability please email emmabenzart@outlook.com

You can also read my blog which details one of my recent commissions here

1998 - Selected to exhibit at the Glynn Vivian Art Galllery alongside Welsh artist Glenys Cour

1998 - Watercolour Challenge TV Programme, Channel 4, Daily Winner

1998 - 2001- BA (Hons) History of Art and Architecture, University of Reading

1998 - 2004 - Painting Conservation Intern, National Museum Wales Conservation Department, during every University holiday

2001 - 2004 - PG Dip (Cons) Conservation of Easel Paintings, Courtauld Institute of Art

2004 - ICN, Netherlands, technical examination of a large 19th Century Painting

2004 - 2012 - Paintings Conservator, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

2011 - 'Evan Walters: Moments of Vision' by Barry Plummer, article published

2012 - 'Framing Wales' BBC2, Ep. 2: interviewed by former MP Kim Howells on the restoration and painting technique of Welsh artists Evan Walters

2018 - Leaves art conservation to devote her full time to painting

2018 - May - Wild Tweed Country Lifestyle Show, selected to exhibit work and run watercolour workshops

2018 - May - exhibited as part of Oxfordshire artweeks, Henley-on-Thames arts trail

2018 - December - The Creative Duck Pop Up Shop, Henley-on-Thames

2019 - January - selected to showcase my work in 'Spotted' at Top Drawer, Olympia, London

2019 - April - Oxfordshire Artweeks - private view - Watlington, Oxfordshire

2019 - May 11 - 19 - Oxfordshire Artweeks, solo exhibitor at venue 'That Lovely Stuff' boutique in Watlington, Oxfordshire

2019 - June 1 - Watercolour painting demo, 'From' boutique, Thame

2019 - June 26 - July 1 - The Creative Duck Pop Up, The Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

2019 - 1 November - 31 December - Selected to exhibit in the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery Winter Exhibition

2019 - December - The Creative Duck Christmas Pop Up, Henley-on-Thames

2020 - January - Top Drawer trade show, Olympia, London

2020 - January - new tutor of watercolour painting at the Henley-on-Thames School of Art

2020 - 2-3 May - exhibiting as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks, venue: The Henley School of Art (cancelled)

2020 - June 2 - Emma's watercolour 'Berry Special' painted for Art on a Postcard featured in The Times newspaper, page 12

2020 - Summer - Art on a Postcard Summer Auction

2020 - Emma is now stocking Le Bon Marché in Paris and The Huntington Art Museum and Library in California

UPCOMING EVENTS

2021 - January - Top Drawer, trade show, Olympia, London

©2021 BY EMMA BENZ