Emily Kirby was born into a family of artists in Zambia in the early eighties. These roots have always had a deep impact on her painting. A loose style and bold colour combinations have become a defining aspect of the work.
The majority of the work has drawn on the study of people. Kirby finds the figure to be a fascinating object of expression, exploring concepts of tribe and identity and more recently concerned with exploring methods of painting that allow me to celebrate human emotion, movement and expression.
Although Kirby uses photography as a reference point she not concerned with portraying the subject in an exact or photorealistic way. She works with both oils and acrylics. Currently working from a studio in Dalston, London she feels immersed in a fresh and exciting cultural melting pot.
2012 Dec Pop Up Show, View Art Gallery Suffolk
2011 Nov Colour-scapes – Troubadour Gallery London
2011 Sept Shoreditch Unbound – Spitalfields Market London
2011 July Wildlife Artist of the Year – Mall Gallery London
2011 Jan Hidden Portraiture - View Art Gallery Bristol
2010 Oct 100 Sqft New Orleans
2010 Sept 210 Pentonville, Pop Up Show, Art & Escape Gallery London
2010 Aug Art and Escape Gallery London
2010 Aug 100 Sqft London
2009 Nov The Cross Club Prague
2009 Sept Pyrimida Gallery Prague
2011 Apr Ababa House Lusaka
2011 Mar Kings College Cambridge
2011 September Brighton Art Fair Brighton
2011 Spring Affordable Art Fair Bristol View Art Gallery
2010 Spring Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London Art-File Gallery
2004 BTEC Art and Design Foundation Brighton City College