Emily Spooner is a Montreal based artist focused primarily on figurative painting, with an interest in portraiture and the visual representation human emotion. Born in 1996, she graduated from Dawson College’s Visual Arts program in 2016 and is now studying Painting and Drawing at Concordia University.
In the most basic sense, I create paintings that explore the subtle emotions found in everyday life. I strive to depict the nuanced complexity of fleeting moments, those typically considered unexceptional or commonplace. Through the use of old family photographs as reference, my paintings are a means of understanding the underlying emotions of the posed characters, and the intricacies of the interpersonal relationships presented. By seeking out new compositions within larger pre-determined ones (i.e. group photographs), I put a spotlight on the odd dynamics that often go unnoticed within a crowd.
Facial expression and body language are a silent form of communication that speaks volumes – one that addresses the reality of a situation beyond the cheerfully posed nature of family photographs. This could be a discreet twist of the mouth, indicating laughter or discontentment; or perhaps a stiff posture with tense shoulders as a sign of stress. I aim to bring notice to these subtleties in order to portray an honest, and hopefully relatable, look at the complexities of everyday life.
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Painting and Drawing, Concordia University, Montreal QC, 2016 - Present
D.E.C. - Visual Arts, Dawson College, Montreal QC, 2014 - 2016
- Awarded First Year Honourable Mention
- GROUP SHOWS
"Exposure", Espace POP, Montreal, June 2017
"Five Crucial Tips to Outrun Marina Abramovic", Art Souterrain Festival, Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, February - March 2017
"Le soi", Glass Door Gallery, Montreal, August 2016
"APIS", Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, May 2016
"SPACE", Warren G. Flowers Gallery, Montreal, 2016
"Under The Covers", Glass Door Gallery, Montreal, December 2015