Artist Interview with Emma-Leone Palmer

So how do you see yourself, upcoming or established?

'Emerging artist'.. (what a weird thing to be called.. like you are slimy bug-like thing crawling out from under a rock with your paint brushes!!)

Where can we see your work at the moment?

Currently exhibiting at the Store Street Gallery, for the London Contemporary Art Prize. The Graham Hunter Gallery in February and The Wallace Collection in April

What are you known for and what's your inspiration?

The 'Paint Play’ series. Expressions get me going.. add a whole load of paint/glitter/lube smeared on the face and I’m just buzzing. 

What should we expect to see from you at the Open Studios in May 2017?

The WAS show gives the public a glimpse of my working studio. You can see finished paintings and work in progress amongst paint-splashed walls and pots of turps. I am currently working on ‘Paint Play’ pieces using glitter and expressions from exertion… watch this space.

So, some people may recognise you from the TV, can you tell us more?

*Blushing* You may have seen me painting Richard E. Grant on Sky Arts, Portrait Artist of The Year! Frank Skinner was a hoot! 

And any recent awards?

I recently won the London Contemporary Art Prize and received an award from Princess Michael of Kent at the SWA, The Mall Galleries.

Any celebrity or well-known gallery buyers? (that you can mention)

Sharron Davies MBE and Richard E. Grant both have paintings on their walls. I have also painted Mary Wondrausch OBE and Paul Rodgers

What do you enjoy about being at WAS?

The Community. You have to love the diversity of what goes on there; Popping into other artists studios, chewing over ideas, sharing creative highs and lows; We are all surfing different waves in the same ocean feeding our paint addiction!

You can see more of Emma-Leone's work on her website emma-leonepalmer.com or her Instagram @emmaleonepalmer

Hannah Munby