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Emilia Symis graduated from Norwich University of the Arts in 2019 with a BA(Hons) degree in Fine Art, in the same year she was fortunate enough to make the final of the John Ruskin Prize and was awarded the winner of the Bishop’s Art Prize. Since graduating, Emilia has exhibited across the country and sold work worldwide.

 

Using food and flowers as her subject, Emilia creates weird and wonderful paintings that catch the eye. She is drawn to this subject matter because of the vivid colours but also because of their desirability and purity, thus allowing her to tarnish it in her artwork. Emilia's paintings are initially designed to be beautiful or delicious, but when dissected, they can sometimes have an unexpected or peculiar undertone. Underneath the bright colours and dazzling textures, Emilia's paintings can also depict deeper societal or environmental issues that usually become apparent after reading the title of the artwork.

 

To read more about each painting, please click on the Flowers or Food and Drink pages, and then click on the painting of interest. You can email Emilia at emilia.symis@gmail.com if you have any further questions.

Education 

2016 - 2019

BA(Hons) Fine Art, Norwich University of the Arts

Awards 

2019

2019

2020

Winner - Bishop's Art Prize

Finalist - John Ruskin Prize

Runner-up - Sworders Art Prize

Exhibitions 

Solo

2018

Razzle Dazzle, Nunnsyard, Norwich

2020

A Feast for the Senses, The Corn Hall, Diss

2021

Vivid Memories, Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich

2023

Flora Chromatica, The Crypt Gallery, Norwich

2023

Pop-up Exhibition, East Point Pavilion, Lowestoft

Group

2018

Botanical Response, John Innes Centre, Norwich

2018

Arouse, Fairhurst Gallery, Norwich

2019

NUA Degree Show, Norwich

2019

Bishop's Art Prize: Streams in the Desert, Norwich

2019

Free Range, The Truman Brewery, London

2019

John Ruskin Prize: Agent of Change, Holden Gallery, Manchester

2019

Feasting on Femininity, Les Fêtes Galantes, London

2020

Recent Graduate Exhibition, Battersea Spring Affordable Art Fair, London

2020

Sworders Art Prize, Holt Festival, Holt

2021

2020, King House Gallery, Stratford-Upon-Avon

2021

IEA Open Exhibition 2021, The Gallery, Holt

2021

Sworders Art Prize, Holt Festival, Holt

2022

Art in Mind & Contemporary Painting, The Brick Lane Gallery, London

2022

Sworders Art Prize, Holt Festival, Holt

2022

Fauna & Flora, Yare Gallery, Great Yarmouth

2022

Food For All, Kingshill House, Dursley

2023

IEA Open Exhibition, The Gallery, Holt

2023

Cellophane Wrapper, Proteus Creation Space, Basingstoke

2023

2023

2024

2024

2024

2024

Sir John Hurt Art Prize, Holt Festival, Holt

A Matter of Taste, Babylon Arts, Ely

An Artist's Refuge, Parndon Mill, Harlow

Out of the Grey, Parndon Mill, Harlow

Serving Gluttony, Unit London, (Online Exhibition)

Blossoms & Brushtrokes, Cambridge Artworks, Cambridge

Contact

Email: emilia.symis@gmail.com
Facebook: @EmiliaSymisArt
Instagram: @emiliasymis_art
 

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