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Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas

Chelsea College of Arts (BA (Hons) Fine Art , 2018)

Emily was born in a small village in Somerset (UK) and became fascinated by the city when she moved to London in 2014. After completing her Foundation Diploma at Camberwell College of Arts, Emily began her Fine Art degree at Chelsea College of Arts and graduated in 2018. Since then, she has been selected for artist residencies in Berlin, Barcelona and Taiwan, which have culminated in significant exhibitions. Other career highlights include exhibitions at La peau de l’ours (Brussels) and Oxo Tower Wharf (London). 

Emily’s creative process begins with walking as research to explore new places. Documenting her progress through photography, she analyses the thematic, repetitive features of buildings as well as their structural forms and materiality. These aspects of architecture have the ability to communicate the historical, social and cultural characteristics of a place. She then carefully selects photographs to communicate her ideas, taking both conceptual and aesthetic factors into consideration. Emily uses collaging as a technique to study her images. This allows her to visualise the possible outcomes of her photographs as three-dimensional abstract forms. 

Emily is intrigued by our human desire to categorise everything in terms of form and function. This instinct is challenged through her work which sits somewhere between painting, sculpture, object and architecture. Materiality is therefore a fundamental aspect, as the viewer intuitively attempts to define it in terms of medium. Emily selects materials to re-create a sense of place and portray the key characteristics of the represented area. 

Colour is also a vital component of Emily’s work and is significant within the architecture that she photographs. Some places embrace bright colours and welcome street art. In contrast, clear white buildings with two-way mirrors reflect capitalist progress, with an attempt to appear as transparent institutions. Colour has the ability to encourage conceptual interpretation and assert visual impact. 

To learn more about Emily's work and personal story, check out her interview with 4SEE magazine.

You can also watch this short video by Soulangh Cultural Park which gives an insight into her recent project in Taiwan. 


200 × 400 × 70 cm
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103 × 83 × 46 cm
20 × 20 × 20 cm
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  • £800.00
20 × 20 × 20 cm
  • £800.00
20 × 20 × 20 cm
  • £800.00
20 × 20 × 20 cm
  • £800.00


Global 12 Festival London Sat, 08/31/2019
Shapeshifter Tainan Fri, 07/05/2019 to Sat, 08/31/2019
Birthday Exhibition Brussels Thu, 06/27/2019
GlogauAIR Showcase: Emily Thomas Berlin Fri, 03/15/2019 to Thu, 03/21/2019
Hackney, I love you. I lost you. London Mon, 11/12/2018 to Sat, 11/24/2018
Black Swan Arts Open Frome Thu, 10/18/2018 to Sat, 11/24/2018
Disintegrating Space Sutton Wed, 09/26/2018 to Tue, 12/18/2018
Orbit UK Art Graduates Show London Wed, 08/22/2018 to Sun, 08/26/2018
Chelsea College of Arts Degree Show London Sat, 06/16/2018 to Sat, 06/23/2018
Young Talents: Brussels Affordable Art Fair Brussels Thu, 03/15/2018 to Sun, 03/18/2018
Interim Show London Thu, 03/01/2018
Olympus Photography Award 2018 London Tue, 02/06/2018 to Tue, 02/20/2018
Translations London Tue, 11/21/2017
Second Year Show London Thu, 05/25/2017
Honey, I'm Home London Thu, 04/27/2017 to Wed, 05/10/2017
Liminal Ecosystems London Tue, 03/07/2017 to Wed, 03/08/2017
Artists as Curators London Fri, 12/09/2016
Territories London Wed, 12/07/2016
Cognitive Faculties London Thu, 05/05/2016 to Sun, 05/08/2016
Cognitive Faculties London Thu, 05/05/2016 to Sun, 05/08/2016
Cognitive Faculties London Thu, 05/05/2016 to Sun, 05/08/2016
Synonyms for Exploration London Thu, 12/03/2015
CCW Foundation Summer Show London Mon, 05/11/2015 to Fri, 05/15/2015


La Escocesa Residency Exchange Award Winner Tue, 01/07/2020
Soulangh Cultural Park Fellowship Winner Wed, 03/27/2019
STEP Travel Grant Winner Thu, 01/03/2019
New Dawn Risk Commission Prize Winner Mon, 12/17/2018
Frontier Economics Commission Prize Winner Thu, 06/01/2017
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Nominated For Tue, 05/24/2016


Publication Title Job Title Date
4SEE Magazine Artist Profile - Emily Thomas Fri, 10/25/2019
Liberty Times Net Soulangh Cultural Park Exhibition 'Shapeshifter' : Outdoor Installation Art Condenses Images of Classical Taiwanese Architecture Sat, 07/06/2019
Nantian Local Tainan News Overturning Taiwanese Architecture Fri, 07/05/2019

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