ARS Presents "BLOOM" an Exhibition by New Zealand Fine Artist, Emma Bass
Opening Reception will be held at Gallery II (Entry Gallery) at 147th Fifth Street on Saturday, November 5th from 5-7 PM.
You'll have a chance to meet the artist and enjoy live music while you browse this unique and luscious exhibit filled with colorful pieces that will be sure to make you smile! Small bites and light refreshments will be served. The exhibition runs until January 2023.
Emma was born in Liberia, West Africa in 1967 and lived in England before arriving in New Zealand aged six, where she still resides in the beautiful twin-harbor city of Auckland.
A former nurse, Emma went to live in London in the early 1990s where she fell in love with photography at the Camera Club in Leicester Square. Here she learned darkroom techniques and took part in her first group exhibition.
On her return to New Zealand, she became one of that country’s most adaptable commercial photographers, working freelance for over 20 years and winning awards. Emma’s diverse portfolio is a testament to her compassionate, yet thorough, approach. In 1992, Emma began exhibiting her art photography and has established a strong following. In 2016, she was the only New Zealand artist to be invited to appear at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in London, she was shortlisted as a finalist again in 2019 and also in 2022.
Her two best-known collections - Imperfect (2016) and Embellish (2017) – are floral portraits that explore the nature of beauty. Lusciously seductive, the striking compositions also deliver a sharp bite of reality. In a world obsessed with perfection, these portraits of flora ‘on the turn’ or augmented with paint and objects find beauty in decline and demise and question the authenticity of enhancements.
Emma explains, "I want to challenge our concept of beauty. For me, Imperfect frames reality; the flaws themselves are beautiful. In Embellish, I draw on the style of the Dutch Masters – and question the value of illusion.”
For more information about Emma Bass please visit www.emmabass.co.nz
and be sure to follow her on Instagram @emma_bass
Admission: Open to Public