'Stylish and surreal, dreamy and delicious, this is contemporary art at the top of its game.' Art Republic Gallery

'Through witty collage she explores our relationship to the environment and our fetish for celebrities and beautiful models, their bodies etiolated, as though they have subsumed the pedestals they were placed upon.' Sarah Jane Downing, The Big Issue

'Beautiful, highly original and certainly collectable' Will Ramsey, Sunday Times Style Magazine

Rosie Emerson is an award winning contemporary artist from the UK, creating unapologetically feminine works on paper. Emerson’s figures draw reference from archetypes old and new, elevating her subjects to a goddess-like status. 

Inspired by her love of theatre, performance and shrines she uses lighting, costumes, set and prop making, alongside printmaking and painting to create otherworldly one-off pieces. Her creations stem from an exploration of the surface level, both physically and metaphorically. Her interest lies in the sheen, the façade, the presentation, the performance, the stuff of dreams and fantasy. Her photography is inspired by both the drama of the baroque, and ethereal qualities of Pre-Raphaelite works. Other important influences include late medieval and renaissance paintings and magical realist literature.

Her subjects range from well known icons to models, actors, dancers, friends, which she photographs in her studio. She then uses numerous different print techniques, screen print, photopolymer etching and Cyanotype which use a light sensitive emulsion often painted in circular or arch-shape motifs. The Cyanotype technique enables her to montage objects with real size photographic negatives. The works are often hand-painted or gilded with gold leaf. Emerson describes “the technique itself has an element of magic about it, it was also a wonderful discovery to be able to combine painting, collage and photography in this way’’. 

Described as an alchemist in printmaking, her screen-prints are delicately embellished with bronze powders and more unusual materials including charcoal powder, ash and saw dust. Her etchings are often delicately embossed with unusual materials. These textural prints shift the focus of printmaking from precision and replication to the creation of unique, hand-finished prints.

Emerson’s work is widely collected and exhibited both in the UK as well as internationally, through galleries, art fairs and museums. She also created a new world record by making the world’s largest Cyanotype photograph, the final artwork measuring 46.8 sq metres. She has been awarded the Bridgeman Studio Award and shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize.

She currently lives and works by the sea in West Sussex, she undertakes a number of private and commercial commissions notably The Dorchester, London and The Waldorf Astoria, New York.  As well as brands including Harvey Nichols, The Ivy Club, Sony, Triumph Underwear, Redbull, Toms, P&O Cruises, and Annoushka jewellery. Her work has also been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Another Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine and The Sunday Times Style Magazine.


EXHIBITIONS + ART FAIRS (Selected Group & Solo)

Solo Exhibition, Bristol, Smithson Gallery (forthcoming)

Blisters Print Club London (forthcoming)
Art on a Postcard, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne (forthcoming)
Flight, Paxton Glew, Brighton
Photography Open Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Print store Live, 99 Projects, London
Art Car Boot Fair, Smithson Gallery, London
Young Masters, Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
New Vision, Paxton Glew, Brighton 
Carnival, Paxton Glew, Brighton
Submerge, in Collaboration with Beth Nicholas, Paxton Glew, Brighton
Super Nature, Paxton Glew, Brighton
London Original Print Fair, Smithson Gallery

Great Print Exhibition, Rheged, Cumbria
RWA Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Wish You Were Here, Art on a Postcard, The Postal Museum, London
London Original Print Fair, Smithson Gallery
Small Wonders, group show at Well Hung gallery

Society of Women Artists, selected group show
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, Smithson Gallery
Art Car Boot Fair, Smithson Gallery
‘Women by Women’ Liberty Gallery, Royal Over Sea’s League, London

RWA Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London
Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, London
Choose Love, curated by Print Club, Somerset House, London UK

Phantoms, Solo Exhibition, Fairhurst Gallery, Norfolk, UK
Circle gallery, St Ives, group exhibition with House of artists, UK 

Art Palm Springs, Decorazon Gallery, USA
The National Art Open, The Barge house, London
Imperfect Illusions, Joint exhibition, Turner Barnes gallery, UK
Revolutions, Viking Gallery, Margate
Blisters, Paperback edition, Print Club, London
New York and Stockholm Affordable Art Fair, Decorazon Gallery

Visions and Voices, Joint Exhibition, Decorazon Gallery, NYC Skirball Center, New York, USA
The London Art Fair, Decorazon Gallery
Art on a Postcard, Maddox Gallery, London
New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm and London Affordable Art Fairs, Decorazon Gallery

Enigma’s, Turner Barnes Gallery, Essex, UK (Solo)
Aurora, The Club at The Ivy, London (Solo)
There and Now, Leontia Gallery, London
Finalist Young Masters, Sphinx Fine Art, London, curated by Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
Kinds of Blue, Candida Stevens Fine Art, Chichester
Texas Contemporary, Decorazon Gallery
Dog Days, Hang Up Gallery, London
Good Figures, Mall Galleries, London, curated by Candida Stevens 
The London Art Fair, Fiumano Fine Art, London

Ventique, Smithson Gallery, London (Solo)
The Moon is no Door, Opus Gallery, Gloucestershire, UK (Solo)
Sirens, Hang Up Gallery, London (Solo)
Paint on Paper, Hollywood Rd Gallery, London
Carnival, Imitate Modern Gallery, London
Winter Salon, The Lloyds Club, Roberta Moore Contemporary
London, Mexico City and New York AAF, Decorazon Gallery
Hong Kong AAF, Fiumano Fine Art, Hong Kong

Macmillan De'Longhi Art Auction, Bonham’s, RCA, London
Façade, Rosie Emerson and Nina Fowler, Anise Gallery, London
Femme, Studio 1019, Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, USA 

Shrine, Roberta Moore, The Chelsea Club, London (Solo)
Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London (Solo)
Altered Forms, Rosie Emerson, Anja Niemi and Nancy Fouts, Hang Up Gallery, London
Rapture, Roberta Moore Contemporary, Cheltenham, UK
Guts for Garters, COB Gallery, London
Singapore AAF, Fiumano Fine Art 
Celebration, Fiumano Fine Art, London
Sex and Death Guts for Garters, Carnaby Street, London

Alchemy, Art at Annoushka, London (Solo)
Nostalgia, Rook and Raven Gallery, London
In Darkness Blooms, View Art Gallery, Bristol
Anatomy, COB Gallery, London
Macmillan De Longi Art Auction, Bonham’s, London
London Fashion Weekend, Somerset House, London
Surreal Women, COB Gallery, London
MoMac Pop Up, Roberta Moore Gallery, Cheltenham, UK
Women of the World Festival, The Southbank Centre, London
Photography Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol


Vinyl album cover artwork for Disco Lasers by Ebony Buckle
Commissioned Artwork for Vesper Bar at The Dorchester 
Commissioned artwork for Foyer Hotel, Kevin Barry Fine Art

Album cover Ebony Buckle

Album Cover Arctic Wolf V Estate Agent, Richard Macklin

Long listed Taylor Wessing Photography Exhibition

Bridgeman Studio Award
Finalist Young Masters, Sphinx Fine Art, London, curated by Cynthia Corbett Gallery

Artist in Residence, Somerset House, as part of The National Open Arts Competition.
Awarded a grant by Hackney Wicked Arts Festival, to create the Worlds Largest Cyanotype Photograph.
Lecture, The Alternative Photography Collective, London

Judge, The National Arts Open Competition

Album covers for Fiona Bevan and Riddler

P&O Cruises, 15 large works commissioned 

Triumph Underwear, Artwork for billboard campaign

Creative Review, BBC London News Night, Amelia Magazine Interview, Huck Magazine Interview, Wall Street International Magazine, The Londonist review. The Huffington Post, Sunday Times Style Magazine, The Evening Standard, Financial Times, Special Arts Edition, The Telegraph online, Harpers Bazaar, The Sunday Times, Vogue, Country and Townhouse Magazine, Tattler, Another Magazine, 20 x 20 Magazine, The Independent. 


2001-2004 BA Honours in Fine Art. Kingston University, Surrey

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