In 2019, I graduated from Norwich University of the Arts with a BA(Hons) degree in Fine Art, in the same year I was fortunate enough to make the final of the John Ruskin Prize and I was awarded the winner of the Bishop’s Art Prize. Since graduating, I have exhibited in London, Manchester and local venues around Norwich. 

 

For a long time, I have been interested in the relationship between beauty and the grotesque. I explore this relationship using food.

I’m inspired by strange dishes I find in retro cookbooks and memories from my own childhood, therefore my paintings often have a sense of nostalgia to them and I aim to trigger memories within the viewer. Another aim of mine is to make the viewer feel slightly uneasy or confused; often my paintings initially look appealing or beautiful, but there is usually something peculiar about the image that may make you think twice. 

More recently, I have been exploring a similar relationship using flowers, more specifically the contrast between natural and artificial beauty. By adorning already beautiful and pure objects, such as flowers, I am able to create a different kind of beauty that is perplexing and garish. The vivid colours I often use in my work also emphasise this. 

 

I have started to explore olfactory art and how scent can impact my paintings. These scents link to the subjects within my artwork and can help to trigger a memory or enhance the painting. I have found that adding scent to my work engages the viewer in a much more direct way.

Education 

2016 - 2019

Norwich University of the Arts

Awards 

2019

2019

2020

Winner of Bishop's Art Prize

Finalist in the John Ruskin Prize

Runner-up in the Sworders Art Prize

Exhibitions 

Solo

2018

'Razzle Dazzle' - Nunnsyard, Norwich

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

2020

Sworders Art Prize, Holt Festival, Holt

2021

'2020', King House Gallery, Stratford-Upon-Avon

2021

IEA Open Exhibition 2021, The Gallery, Holt

Contact

Email: emilia.symis@gmail.com

Facebook: Emilia Symis Art

Instagram: @emiliasymis_art

Twitter: @emiliasymis_art

Linkedin: Emilia Symis

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