Emma Talbot

Emma Talbot 'Intangible Things – Head' 2015

*1969, Old Swinford, Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK, lives/works in London

In Emma Talbot's practice it is as much the mining of her own autobiography, as the biographies of others, both real, imaginary, and fictional, that is explored, sliced–open, edited and articulated. Micro memories and fantasies jostle on macro canvases. She negotiates the twentieth and twenty–first century struggle of the individual in life, in the family, at home, and in society through her work. The outcome is articulated directly onto canvas and paper, always with painter's brush and always freehand. The language of representation is developed into her own visual vocabulary, saturated with lived and unlived echoes. 1930's fonts, film, song, pop, literature, Japanese Shunga, Metaphysical Poetry, Film Noir, Edith Piaf, Edna O'Brien, Jacques Brel, Kurt Weill, Marlene Dietrich, Anaïs Nin, Edgar Reitz's Heimat, Pablo Neruda, Paul Ricœur serve as her studio assistants. Referencing is for others, Talbot takes where and what she needs and finds necessary – and makes it quite her own.

Emma Talbot: biography pdf
1993 – 1995 Royal College of Art, London, MA Painting.
1988 – 1991 Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, BA Fine Art (first class).
1987 – 1988 Kent Institute of Art & Design, Foundation in Art & Design.
Academic Appointments, Research, Awards, Symposia, Talks etc
: Current and ongoing: Senior Tutor in Fine Art, Central Saint Martins/University of the Arts London, Lecturer in Painting Royal College of Art, London.
: Visiting Lectureships: Northumbria University, North Oxfordshire School of Art, KIAD Canterbury, London Metropolitan University, University of Brighton, University of Derby, Winchester School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, Goldsmiths, The Royal College of Art.
: External Examiner: Royal College of Art (MA Painting), Northumbria University (BAFA), Cardiff Metropolitan University (BAFA).
: Artist talk, John Moores Painting Prize 2016, Liverpool, UK 18.10.16.
: Artist talk, Gallery Twenty Two, Bristol, UK.
: Artist talk, Shoreditch House, London.
: Intimacy Unguarded: Gender, the Unconscious and Contemporary Art (Day symposium organised with Dr Jo Morra), speakers: Diana Caine (neuropsychologist), Denis Echard (psychoanalyst), Joanne Morra (writer), Sadie Murdoch (artist), Griselda Pollock (visual theorist and cultural analyst), Emma Talbot (artist), Barbara Visser (artist) on 27 February 2016, 9.30am – 5pm, at Freud Museum London, as part of Emma Talbot's solo show 'Unnravel These Knots' Supported by CSM Art Programme and CSM Research.
: Self Portraiture, Self Narratives and Selfies, Emma Talbot in conversation with Roger Malbert organised by the The Drawing Room, at the Courtauld Gallery, London (16 September).
: Emma Talbot: The Lovers (on love and intimacy in contemporary art) as part of the Day Conference at The Anna Freud Centre at the Freud Museum London, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 during the exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing'.
: Intimacy Unguarded presents: Chris Kraus, a reading followed by Q&A with Emma Talbot.
: Intimacy Unguarded: Autobiography, Biography, Memoir, Symposium organised with Dr Jo Morra, CSM Research Project, University of the Arts London.
: Painting as Commitment; Paint Club East, Symposium at First Site Gallery, Colchester (Paper presented).
: Emma Talbot in conversation with William Feaver, Princes Drawing Trust, London.
: Painting, Past, Present – A Painters Craft, Symposium at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (Paper presented).
: Café Curio Lecture: Emma Talbot on Dorothy Iannone, Camden Arts Centre.
: Selector, Jerwood Drawing Prize (with Charles Darwent and Jenni Lomax).
: City of Rochester Bursary.
: Susan Kasen Summers Studio Award, Connecticut USA.
: Rome Scholarship, The British School at Rome.
Solo Exhibitions
: Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
: Time after Time, Petra Rinck Galerie, Germany.
: Entrances & Exits, Gallery Twenty Two, Bristol, UK.
: Unravel These Knots, Freud Museum, London.
: Step Inside Love, domobaal
: Memories Turn to Dusk, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany.
: Means of Escape, Mrs Rick's Cupboard at Primary, Nottingham, UK.
: Bad Objects, Little Deaths, Transition Gallery, London.
: You would cry too if it happened to you, Kusseneers Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
: The Solo Project, Basel (with Kusseneers Gallery, Antwerp).
: A Sheffield Song, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK.
: Pictures from my heart, Transition Gallery, London.
: Emma Talbot in Translation, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, UK.
: I'll be your mirror, Transition Gallery, London.
Smooth Operators and Material Girls, The Womens Library, London.
: Memorial Gallery, Wrexham, UK.
Rochester City Art Gallery, Rochester, Kent, UK.
Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, UK.
Group Exhibitions
: Emma Talbot, Than Hussein Clark, Eloise Hawser with VI,VII (Oslo) at Arcadia Missa, Condo London.
: MAC International 2016, MAC Belfast, Northern Ireland, selected by Katerina Gregos, Marta Dziewańska, Hugh Mulholland.
: Telling Tales, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London.
: Ghost on the Wire #2, Objectifs, Centre for Photography and Film, Singapore.
: John Moores Painting Prize 2016, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
: Entrances & Exits, Gallery Twenty Two, Bristol, UK.
: Art Cologne with Petra Rinck Galerie.
: Charlie Dutton Gallery, Beijing, China.
: Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
: Comic Tragics: The Exploding Language of Contemporary Comic Art, curated by Robert Cook, Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA).
: Endgame, Aly Helyer, Sigrid Holmwood, Benjamin Senior, Emma Talbot at Turps Gallery, London.
: DRKRM, DAM Gallery, Germany.
: Lurk/Destroy, The Gallery at Delta House Studios, Research in Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London.
: Graphics Interchange Format: 25 years of Focal Point Gallery, Southend–on–Sea, UK
: To Go Too Far, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany.
: In Miniature (Mrs Rick's Cupboard) Small Collections Room at Primary, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
: Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London
: Auction of Desire and Longing Disco, Transition Gallery, London
: Birmingham Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK
: Mind The Gap, Petra Rinck Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
: Drawn Together: Artist as Selector, celebrating 20 years of The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK
: Emma Talbot, Selina Scerri, Tom Estes, Notte Bianca Valletta, Ritz Arcades, Valletta, Malta
: The Manchester Contemporary (domobaal)
: Art in The Home #2, York, UK, Contemporary Art Society North, invited by Moira Innes and Mark Doyle
: (detail), H Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
: Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot, Exeter Phoenix, UK
: Atomic, Transition Gallery, London
: Art Britannia, Madonna Building, Miami, USA
: Drawing Now, (Kusseneers Gallery), Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
: Random House, Arcadia Missa, London
: All the Dead Dears WW Gallery, London
: Drawing 2013, Biennial Fundraiser, The Drawing Room, London
: John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, selectors: Iwona Blazwick, George Shaw, Alan Yentob
: I wish you well, Vegas Gallery, London
: The Perfect Nude, Wimbledon Space, London, Spacex, Exeter, UK
: Me and My Shadow, Kate MacGarry, London
: Told, Hales Gallery, London
: The Life of the Mind, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK (curated by Bob and Roberta Smith) including Louise Bourgeois, Lucia Noguiera, Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin, Chris Ofili)
: Outrageous Fortune, Focal Point Gallery, Southend/Hayward Touring, curated by Andrew Hunt, UK
: Pulp Fictions, Transition Gallery, London
: Drawing 2011, Biennial Fundraiser, The Drawing Room, London
: Party! The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
: Family Viewing & Broodwork Project,Trajector, Bloom Hotel, Brussels
: Outland, Vegas Gallery, London
: Dough & Dynamite (curated by Kobetsvasey) McAslan + Partners, London
: Untitled, Nieves Zine at No.12 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
: One cannot be thwarted by Antidisestablishmentarianism, Primo Alonso, London
: Drawing 2009 Biennial, The Drawing Room, London
: Storytime, Gallery North, Newcastle (Emma Talbot, Dexter Dalwood, Francesca Steele, Christina Kolaiti)
: Awopbopaloobop, Transition Gallery, London
: Painted Room, Transition Gallery, London
: The Walls in Three Places, White Nave, Dover, Kent, UK
: Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London
: Top Ten, 39, London
: Painted Ladies, (Eleanor Moreton, Emma Talbot, Rose Wylie) The Surgery, London
: The Craft, Cathie Pilkington/Emma Talbot (in association with Marlborough Fine Art) London
: Transition Gallery, London
: The Craft, Metropole Galleries, Folkestone, UK
: Sugar Drops and Acid Candy, Transition Gallery & Foster Fine Art, London
: Thy Neighbour's Ox 2, Space Station 65, London
: G:love, 28 Lange Strasse, Augsburg, Germany
: Pub Crawl, 39, London
: Gothmoth, Transition Gallery, London
: Something Strange, Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland
: Fides Becker, Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Frankfurt–am–Main, Germany
: Paton Gallery, London
Press, Reviews etc (selection)
: 'The imaginative inner life of the comic artist' in The Guardian, Australia on 'Comic Tragics: The Exploding Language of Contemporary Comic Art' curated by Robert Cook, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 18.04.16.
: The Monologuist/Emma Talbot/Comic Tragics by Anders Brekhus Nilsen (USA) writing on themonologuist.blogspot.co.uk about 'Comic Tragics: The Exploding Language of Contemporary Comic Art' curated by Robert Cook, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 18.04.16.
: 'unraveling the knots at the freud museum' review in ID/Vice by Rózsa Farkas, 06.04.16
: Neomoderne in Brüssel? special mention of Emma Talbot's work in Petra Rinck Galerie's booth at Art Brussels 2015, by Sabine B. Vogel in 'Die Presse' 25 April
: A Rare Egg in the Nest: The Outlandish World of Emma Talbot, a review of Emma Talbot's exhibition 'Memories Turn To Dusk' at Petra Rinck Galerie in Düsseldorf, by Magdalena Kröner published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – Feuilleton, 4 April
: Skye Sherwin, The Week's Art Shows, The Guardian, Friday 08.03.13
: Andrew Brown, Artists Newsletter, March
: Arcadia Missa, Random House, web
: Arcadia Missa, Random House, Dazed and Confused online text by Sian Dolding
: Emma Talbot in 'Told' at Hales Gallery to 2 April and in 'Me and my Shadow' at Kate MacGarry, 11 March – 17 April
: Articulated Artists: Emma Talbot talking to Alli Sharma at her studio in Walthamstow, London E17
: Jessica Lack, Artist of the Week: 35 Emma Talbot, The Guardian, 01.04.09
Publications, Editioned Prints, Artists' Books, zines and editorial contributions (selection)
: Vanishing Point, lithograph with silkscreen metallic ink, published by and produced at Curwen Studio, London
: Emma Talbot, two part publication for 'Unravel These Knots' at the Freud Museum, London with an essay 'Dropping off and coming to' by Rebecca Geldard
: Dream, lithograph published by and produced at Curwen Studio, London
: E.R.O.S. Journal, The Interior, London
: A Walled Garden, silkscreen print, published by and produced at Coriander Studio, London
: Drawing People, The Human Figure in Contemporary Art by Roger Malbert, Thames and Hudson
: Emma Talbot on Egon Schiele, Garageland 18: Sex, Spring 2015
: 'Sex Fantasy' folded lithograph on Japanese paper printed at the Coriander Studio (edition 90/10Aps) slipcase
: The Unscripted Image, text by Emma Talbot for the Journal of Contemporary Painting (published by Intellect) Issue 1, Spring 2015
: Thames and Hudson, 100 Painters of Tomorrow
: Sub Rosa, a collection of poems and drawings, edited by Anne Fellner, published by info–punkt, Leipzig, Germany (web)
: Rome, Garageland Issue 17, contributor, published by Transition Gallery
: Film, Garageland Issue 14, contributor, published by Transition Gallery
: Family, Garageland Issue 11, contributor: cover image (winter/spring) published by Transition Gallery
: Untitled (zine) published by Nieves, Zürich, Switzerland (cover image)
: Rock n'Roll, Garageland Issue 7 contributor, editor of pull–out section, published by Transition Gallery
: Raw Charm, by Emma Talbot for NY Arts
: Painting & Translating, Guest Editor, Garageland Magazine, Issue 4, spublished by Transition Gallery
: I'll be your mirror, Martin Herbert, Rebecca Loncraine, Emma Talbot, Transition Gallery
Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth), Abu Dhabi Bank, Bob and Susan Summers Collection (NY, USA), City of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, David Roberts Collection, J. Sainsbury Plc, Ministry of Heritage, Saatchi Collection, Stephenson Harwood, TI Group, Unilever, University of the Arts London: Special Collections.