Emily Sura

is 16 years old and from Connecticut. Creating art has been one of her biggest passions ever since she can remember. It has always been therapeutic and relaxing for her. Emily enjoys using multiple different techniques to create a variety of work. One of her favorite things in life is the beauty of nature, so a lot of her art is based on the world that is around her. She also loves to draw different faces that seem to come to life as she creates them. Emily has recently started working with clay and making ceramic pieces. She finds 3D ceramic pieces very interesting because you can physically and metaphorically feel the art. She feels that they provide an opportunity for the artist to truly bring the art to life. Making artwork of any kind has always been a way to express herself, document life, and sometimes even a way to distract herself from life.

Curator Statement:

Emily Sura (Connecticut, 2006) has been drawing as long as she can remember and picked up oils just as early. At her first solo exhibition Emily shows great promise with her mostly modest size paintings which are tight and focused. At the Wall in the Brick Art Store the artist shows oil paintings as well as drawings on paper inspired by what surrounds her.

Her portraits, painted from source materials but also from memory, show a disregard for the overly clean imagery of our Instagram age. Her portrait of Marilyn Monroe (4×6“) for instance, though from different source material, has a similar knack of showing the Mega Star as a human rather than the act we are accustomed to, just as Richard Avadon‘s famous photograph.

The artist has a certain affinity for the eyes of her subjects and has taken that to the next step when she paints eyes as a subject matter, and in a specifically striking, mostly monochromatic painting(8×8“), she paints an eye upside down reminding us of the process of looking at itself.

The lead image of the exhibition, a landscape painting of one of the nature lover‘s favorite spots near her home in Connecticut, Emily shows us a bucolic sunset over fields and woods, the sky though, is ominously dissected by power lines old and new, giving the local, intimate experience within nature another angle. Ms. Sura also explores the psychological aspect of the landscape, which is certainly very mature for such a young artist, by changing the realistic color scheme into something more psychedelic and charged.

-Martin Ogolter, Artist