Cape Town / London
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Emily Ponsonby is an English artist. She seeks to capture the natural, the organic and the Nude - on panel, paper and in clay. Chasing winter around the world, she is currently revelling in the colours, light and energy of Cape Town.

For the last 8 years Emily has developed a technique based upon the ‘encaustic’ process of the Ancient Egyptians, melting honeyed beeswax between layers of oil. But on arrival in South Africa, it was the vibrancy of the soil that she couldn’t ignore. Orange, ochre, grey, red and brown… binding them with egg yolk, they swirled into a river of skin-like tones. Her studio is fast turning into a home for honeybees and earthworms… what great company.

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2018 Tiny Treasures, Group show. Belville, South Africa

2018 Second Nature. Group show. Cape Town, South Africa

2018 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition. Mall Galleries, London.


2017 British Art Portfolio - Winter Exhibition of 20th & 21st Century Art. The Studio, London

2017 'HAIR' - a collaborated exhibition between 4 female artists; Emily Ponsonby, Rosalie Watkins, Bea Hasell-McCosh and Clementine St John Webster. Chelsea Waterside ArtSpace, London

2017  'SOAK' - Solo exhibition.  London

2017 M Restaurant,  Threadneedle Street, London 

2017 The Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries  

2017 British Art Portfolio, Northamptonshire 


2016 The Sloane Club, London 

2016  Partridges of Chelsea, London 

2016 The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2016 Violet Beauregarde's Gum Exhibition, White Conduit Projects, London 


2015 The Pickle Factory, London 

2015 Art At Butterford, Dartmoor


2014 Royal Society of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London 

2014 Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 

2014 The Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition. Mall Galleries, London. 

2014 Platform: An Exhibition The Strand Gallery, London


2013 Shortlisted for the BP Portrait Awards, London 

2013 Annual Exhibition of the Edinburgh Art & Sketching Club

2013 VAS, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 


2012 Leith School of Art, Edinburgh


2011 Young Artists Exhibition, Kilrie Granary, Fife

2011 Guiting Music Festival, Gloucester


2010 Art For Youth, Oxford 



2013 Friends of Leith Art Award 

2013 First Prize EASC Art Competition

2013 The Lily McDougal award, RSA

2011 Friends of Leith Award