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