The quick biography...
...EMILY CAREW WOODARD GREW UP IN THE CORNISH COUNTRYSIDE AND MOVED TO LONDON IN 2005 TO STUDY ILLUSTRATION. SHE NOW WORKS FULL TIME FROM HER STUDIO OPPOSITE THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT. BOTH HER RURAL UPBRINGING AND THE CURRENT URBAN LIFE OF LONDON INSPIRE THE TOPICS IN HER WORK. THE ROMANCE AND DEEP, RICH HISTORIES FROM BYGONE TIMES ARE WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF HER PAINTINGS. INFLUENCES FROM ARTISTS THAT HAVE INSPIRED HER STYLE, SUCH AS EDWARD GOREY, EDMUND DULAC, AND ARTHUR RACKHAM ARE CLEARLY SUGGESTED IN HER PIECES. THE FABLES AND STORIES THAT THEY TOO HAVE ILLUSTRATED ARE SOMETIMES USED AS A STARTING BLOCKS FOR HER COMPOSITIONS. HER WORK IS BOLD, RICH AND MOST USUALLY FINISHED OFF WITH GOLD AND SILVER LEAF WHICH ADDS ANOTHER LAYER OF LUXURY TO THE DESIGNS. SHE HAS HONED HER STYLE TO FIT A RANGE OF DISCIPLINES SUCH AS BOOK DESIGN, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, FABRIC DESIGN AND HAS EVEN DESIGNED COSTUMES AND THEATRE SETS FOR THE OPERA. SHE HAS EXHIBITED HER WORK INTERNATIONALLY, FROM TAIWAN TO THE USA AND MOST RECENTLY HAS JUST COMPLETED TWO SHOWS IN NORTHERN IRELAND. HER LONDON SHOW IS IN NOVEMBER 2016.
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"These diverse strains – formal and iconographic – coalesce to offer the viewer a menagerie of animal characters engaged in surprising but always believable activities and juxtaposed with unlikely objects or settings. Artless conjunctions of imagery combine to create what she has termed a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ or an ‘anthology of all things incongruous’: the paradox of her art is that here the Surreal seems quotidian. The breadth of Woodard’s reference is matched by a constantly inventive wit (whimsy, however, is wholly absent) and remarkable technical skill, both in terms of elegance of line and adventurous sense of colour. Indeed, her juxtapositions of objects and animals are often echoed in brave and sometimes unlikely palette combinations. At times the familiar coastal landscape of the Cornwall of her childhood appears, and it is impossible to resist the suggestion that the young girl who occasionally features is a self-portrait of the artist herself. While resisting the temptation to explain her imagery further, she has suggestively termed it ‘paper taxidermy’. But, however her art is described, it is clear that this exhibition marks Emily Woodard out as a major new talent in the field of British illustration."