Emily Little is a painter and sculptor born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand. She later emigrated to the United Kingdom where she was drawn to British "studio ceramics" and the landscape as a pictorial subject.
She earned an Honors degree in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland and shortly after moved to Rome, Italy where she currently lives.
Emily studied at the Scuola dell'Arte della Medaglia at the Italian Mint in Rome, which introduced her to bas-relief and inspired her interest in multiple forms and series.
Her current work sees a fusion of her experiences in painting and sculpture.
While the aesthetic qualities of line, shape and colour are visible in her abstract landscapes, Emily’s work also concerns elements such as time and memory in a visual narrative often evoked through the choice of materials used: industrial paints, tar, wire mesh, gauze medical or windshield fragments.
Emily is constantly looking for new ways to present space in more experiential terms, where the process of mapping the work surface runs parallel to the exploration of an external or imaginary topography.
Musical influences in her recent painting have seen an emphasis on texture, rhythm and (optical) resonance. A winter residence in Finland (2016) allowed her incorporate virtual spaces and shadow as key elements in her work.
She has exhibited in Scotland, England, Ireland, Finland, France, Italy and Belgium.
She has attended residencies in Spain, Ireland and Finland.
Selected Solo exhibitions
2014 Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, County Galway, Irlanda.
2016 Centre Technique du Papier, Grenoble, Francia.
2016 KulturriKauppila, Ii, Finlandia.
Selected Collective exhibitions
2009 Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, Londra.
The Society of Scottish Artists, Vision Building, Dundee.
2010 John Green Gallery, Glasgow.
Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton.
John Noott Galleries Broadway Modern, Broadway, Worcestershire.
2011 Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh.
The Society of Scottish Artists, Contemporary Open, Edinburgh.
The Royal Hibernian Annual, Dublin
2012 Oisin Gallery, Dublin
The Lost Gallery, Aberdeenshire.
2013 Leinster Gallery, Dublin.
Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London.
The Royal Society of Scottish Watercolourists, Annual Exhibition RSA Galleries, Edinburgh
2017 StraArte IVEdizione, Bari.
The Lost Gallery, Aberdeenshire.
Padova Art Fair, Padova.
The Trinity Gallery, Dublin.
2018 ArtParks International Sculpture Festival, Guernsey.
Galerie Albert 1er, Bruxelles.
Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, County Galway, Ireland. One-month artist in residency.
KulturriKauppila, Ii Finland: Three-month artist in residency.
XXIII Seminario de Sargadelos,. One-month ceramic residency.
Prix du Conseil General de Versailles per pittura al 124ème Salon de Versailles, Francia
Finalista Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust per scultura.
Visual Arts Scotland due volte vincitrice del Dorothy Duff Memorial Prize per acquarello
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK. 1. Fusione in bronzo 2. Stampaggio e fusione
Workshop individuale su fabbricazione della carta e filigrane realizzati a mano. Cartiere Miliani
Corso triennale, Scuola dell’Arte della Medaglia, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Roma.