Roise Emerson Artist Biography

Rosie Emerson was born in Dorset in 1981. Since graduating in Fine Art from Kingston University In 2004 she has been working almost exclusively with representing the female form. Emerson’s figures draw reference from archetype’s old and new, from Artemis to the modern day super model they becoming an allegory of Emerson’s own fantasy.


Her figurative work’s began by ripping out fashion magazines, and collaginging and painting on top of them. The elongated figures were flypostered overnight in Berlin and London, like subversive adverts. parodies Soon after creating this initial series of works she was commissioned to create 16 works for a permanent public collection.


Rosie Emerson’s works later moved on to staging her own photoshoots,. Unrestrained in her technique she uses costume, intricate props, dramatic lighting, and collage to elevate her subjects to otherworldly, goddess like status. Her Models Staged without context or background, her subjects are objectified, adorned and manipulated


In 2011 she was invited to collaborate with Jewellery Designer Annoushka Ducas, where she created ‘ Alchemy’ series, which was showcased in her flagship store on Sloane Square, she created 9 ultra glossy stylistic works, featuring Fashions icons including Caroline Issa, Amber Le Bon and Daisy Lowe, where the figures became the jewlerry, and vice versa.


In 2012 Rosie’s made a return to printing by hand screen prints use natural materials, such as ash, sawdust and charcoal shift the focus of printmaking from precision and replication to creating unique, hand-finished prints with subtle texture. Her recent cyanotype works combine natural materials alongside negatives, furthering her exploration into experimental printmaking and photography.


Inspired by her love of museums, architecture, theatre, silhouettes, shrines and rituals, she uses dramatic lighting, hand made costumes, set and prop making alongside printmaking and painting to create her unique style of work. Her work is widely collected and exhibited both in the UK, as well as internationally, through galleries, art fairs and museums. Rosie was also commissioned by Hackney WickED Arts Festival to create a new Guinness World record and create the world’s largest Cyanotype photograph.


Seeking influence from both the drama of the baroque, and ethereal pre Raphaelite paintings, using both known and unknown faces to explore, our obsessions with beauty, celebrity, she depicts solitary figures entrenched in symbolism literally drowning in adornment.


Interested in surface, and the interplay between photography and painting. Rosie Emerson’s images are playfully constructed figurative photography, often hand painted or guilded using gold leaf. Photography not as a devise for capturing reality but for optical illustion and obsuring and abstraction. They embrac the romatic and the beautiful,


She has also worked with Sony, Triumph Underwear, Redbull, P&O Cruises, and Jewellery designer Annoushka Ducas. Her work has been featured in the likes of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Another Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine and The Sunday Times Style Magazine.