Emma Neuberg in front of Orange Swirl at The Forge, London, 2019

 

British-French artist Emma Neuberg graduated from the Fashion & Textiles Department of the internationally renowned Royal College of Art, London, in 2000 with a practice-based PhD in Printing Techniques for Synthetic Materials. There she worked alongside Ron Arad, Alice Temperley, Julien MacDonald, Andrew Logan, Anna Sui and Vivienne Westwood, among others, and has worked with colour and printing technologies ever since developing large structures for installation and collaborating with established and emergent names in art and design. Her studio features as the backdrop for the HBO/BBC series Civilizations (a remake of Kenneth Clarke’s original) for its colour section presented by Philip Ball, author of the tome on chemistry, physics, art and colour, Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Colour.

Neuberg enjoys several prestigious awards from TechTextil (Germany), Textile Institute (UK) and NESTA (UK) for her innovations with materials, colour and colour application. In 2012, she was selected for the Young Masters Art Prize (UK) and in 2016 was named one of Britain’s “New Fabric Designers” by The Observer Magazine and The Guardian. She has been awarded a lifetime Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship for her contribution to printing tech for the arts UK.

The scale and dynamism in her work are attributed to her architectural vision, formative training in Sculpture and European Art History and a colourful childhood in Greece, England and France.

The momentous drive in her work centres around psychological landscapes, syzygetic forces, elemental pulls and internal clashes. Blocks of colour are dragged and pushed across paper and canvas in powerful, disruptive abstractions that merge, vibrate, pour and blend. Imagined and recalled landscapes blur and overlap in layers of oil and pigment and scale-up into large canvases, folding sculptures and immersive installations.

Her most recent exhibition was a critically-acclaimed solo show at The Forge, East London, 2019, for Craft Central UK and her first group show was the British Isles touring exhibition of historical importance, Artists as Rugmakers, with Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, EQ Nicholson and Tim Nicholson (1994-5).

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Photo credit: Cristina Schek