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Emily Brown - Artist. Painter. Film & TV Director.
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British artist, painter & award winning film maker, Emily Brown, creates unique & contemporary works of art from her studio in Buckinghamshire. Emily has been drawing & painting since she was old enough to stand at an easel.
In 2021, Emily approached her local theatre, The Elgiva, with an ambitious idea for a huge community art project. Over the following 5 months, & working as a volunteer, Emily designed & ran what would become ‘The Big Picture’, comprising of 6 projects.
One of these art projects was a 2 meter-wide polyptych Emily painted with 39 other local artists of all ages/abilities. The painting featured a line drawing of Queen Elgiva & 10th century Chesham, painted by Emily across all 40 canvases before they were distributed to participants. Each artist then decorated their piece of the portrait & once assembled together, the reveal was fascinating & impactful. The 40 canvases were also judged by local celeb, Alex Horne (from Ch4's Task Master), for an exciting competition. The project featured in local newspapers, went on tour around 3 gallery spaces, Emily was interviewed on the radio & everyone involved benefited, from learning new skills & making connections with other creatives, to improved mental health.
In 2022 Emily was commissioned to paint 2 huge murals on Chesham high street by Bucks Council. A double, life-size portrait of shopkeepers from Chesham’s history was created by Emily at Tap Yard and a giant, 14m wide skyline of Chesham, created by Emily & Shevon Burrows, has now been revealed on Baines Walk. Both works, which commenced in March, have been commissioned by Bucks Council & funded with thanks from the Welcome Back Fund. The murals have been causing quite a stir on the high street & on social media.
Emily's love of the arts has always included film, & this led Emily to study a BA Hons in Film & TV at the University of Surrey, after which she secured her first role at the BBC. She has spent the last 15 years shooting & directing documentaries for the likes of the BBC, Ch4, Ch5 & UKTV & her passion for crafting human interest stories, as well as filming all round the country, stems from her love of narrative paintings, portraiture, landscapes & conceptual art.
Emily lives in Chesham with her actor & writer husband, Ben Rufus Green, & is currently working on multiple mural commissions, running a market stall & Etsy shop & she also regularly shoots and directs comedy & documentary films.
In 2021 Emily was long listed for the Jackson’s Painting Prize and exhibition, for her self-portrait ’Soap in my Eye’.
She was also long listed in the ‘Seasons’ art competition and exhibition, run by The Kings House Gallery, for her landscape, ‘Pacing the Platform in Winter’.
Emily is also an award-winning film maker, including the following for ‘Paper Trail’:
Finalist (in the final 3) - Funny Women Awards
Winner - Independent Shorts Awards
Winner - Berlin Flash Film Festival
Winner - Top Shorts
Winner - Film & Smart Phone Festival
Winner - Battle of the Sketches
Winner - MiMo Film Festival
Finalist – International Festival “Cinema Povero”.
Semi-Finalist – SmartFone Flick Fest.
Available for a variety of commissions, from conceptual art for institutions to custom portraits. Emily's recent commissions have included family portraits in oils & charcoal, as well as a portrait of a Midwife in Wales, for the #portraitsfornhsheroes. More on commissions & prices below.
You can view existing original artworks by Emily via her portfolio page. You can commission & purchase art, incl. digital & Giclée art prints, via her Etsy shop. Where possible, Emily strives to create works in an eco-friendly way.
Emily can create custom artwork from either photographs or sittings, on a variety of subject matters, including portraits of families, individuals, couples, children & pets or depictions of houses, gardens & institutions.
A variety of sizes & materials are available, including oil paintings, watercolour, ink, mixed media, collage, charcoal & pencil.
Prices range from £40 for charcoal drawings & from £200 for small oil paintings. To give you an idea, below are some sample prices for custom portraits. NB actual prices could vary, will be agreed with clients prior to work commencing & will depend on the size & complexity of the work.
Feel free to get in touch with your queries via email.
Visit Emily's Etsy Store to order your custom portrait!