Emilia Symis is a BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate from Norwich University of the Arts. In 2019, Emilia was fortunate enough to have been shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize and was awarded the winner of the Bishop’s Art Prize. Since graduating, she has exhibited in London, Manchester and local venues around Norwich. See Exhibitions for more. Emilia is now working as the Gallery Assistant at the Corn Hall in Diss.

 

‘I aim to make the viewer feel uncomfortable or confused when they observe my art; often my paintings initially look appealing or beautiful, but there is always something unpleasant or strange about the image that may make you think twice.’ 

 

Emilia is interested in the relationship between beauty and the grotesque and she explores this relationship using food. Recently, Emilia has based her paintings around a narrative, which allows the viewer to imagine the context behind the image. Often the painted scenes trigger memories within the viewer; her inspiration comes from dishes she finds in retro cookbooks and snacks from her own childhood. These connections make her artwork relatable and enjoyable to all ages. 

 

Emilia has started to explore olfactory art and how scent can impact her paintings. These scents link to food within the artwork and can help to trigger a memory or enhance the paintingShe has found that adding scent to her work engages the viewer in a much more direct way.

Education 

2011 - 2016

Stowupland High School

2016 - 2019

Norwich University of the Arts

Awards 

2019

2019

Winner of Bishop's Art Prize

Finalist in the John Ruskin Prize

Exhibitions 

Solo

2018

'Razzle Dazzle' - Nunnsyard

2020

'A Feast for the Senses' - The Corn Hall, Diss

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, Evolution London

Contact

Email: emilia.symis@gmail.com

Facebook: Emilia Symis Art

Instagram: @emiliasymis_art

Twitter: @emiliasymis_art

Linkedin: Emilia Symis

Please email Emilia for more information about purchasing and commissioning work or general enquiries, thank you.

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