1984 B.A. (Hons) Painting and Drawing, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
1999 Scuola dell’Arte della Medaglia, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Rome, Italy (three-year full-time course)
Selected One Person Shows:
2014 Áras Éanna,
Inis Oírr, County Galway, Ireland.
2016 Centre Technique du Papier, Grenoble, France. Exhibition of paper works. (September – December).
2016 KulturriKauppila, Ii Finland.
Awards and Funding:
Prix du Conseil General de Versailles for a painting presented at the 124ème Salon de Versailles, France
Short-listed for Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust for bas-relief sculpture
Visual Arts Scotland. Twice winner of the Dorothy Duff Memorial Prize for watercolour painting.
A piece has been accepted for the Civic Collection and Museum Trame d’Autore, Chieri, Turin.
Bronzing casting and mould-making. Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK.
Individual workshop on handmade paper-making and watermarks. Cartiere Miliani, Fabriano, Italy.
Three-year course, ‘Scuola dell’Arte della Medaglia’, The Italian Mint, Rome.
Emily Little is a New Zealand-born painter and sculptor. She grew up in the UK and spent her teens in West Yorkshire. She gained a BA Hons in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and later moved to Rome. She presently travels between Scotland and Rome.
She began painting in acrylics and watercolours in her early teens while living in West Yorkshire, UK. Contemporary to this period, she was introduced to the world of the studio potter, which influenced her ideas on form and the physicality of creating art work.
A study period at the Italian Mint in Rome (‘Scuola dell’Arte della Medaglia’) introduced her to the bas-relief and furthered her understanding of sculptural techniques and design. Cross-fertilization between the two art forms has seen the introduction of more plastic qualities in her painting especially her use of collage, which is a constant feature of her work.
Her residence in Italy and her periods in Scotland have fuelled the development of her painting. These include her choice of subject, landscapes and interiors, her use of light and colour and her highly personal painting technique.
She has exhibited in Scotland, England, Ireland, Finland, France, Italy and Belgium and has carried out artistic residencies in Spain, Ireland and Finland.