Emma Finneran

Emma Finneran

b. 1988, Sydney, Australia
Lives and works in Sydney

 

Emma Finneran refers to herself as a painter, yet she also refers to herself as a designer, scavenger and half-baked sculptor. Her sources of inspiration include fashion, rubbish, female authors, Lismore, private inner-worlds, soul music, and so on. The unexceptional in everyday life is central to Finneran’s work – as a disaster or a glimmer of hope – for in her case, the things cast aside are what she reveres most. Starting almost always with a marked surface, Finneran’s works evolve as an intuitive response to the marks and characteristics inherent to the materials she nds; utilising a diverse multitude of textiles – some aesthetic, some utilitarian, most discarded, their use-value depleted – Finneran’s works engage with how different materials re ect on notions of what is exceptional vs. unexceptional.

Emma Finneran currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, (2014). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and Hong Kong, and recent solo exhibitions include: FLOOD FLOOD, Chalk Horse, Sydney (2018), Personal Space, Ideas Platform, Artspace, Sydney (2018). Finneran has been awarded two scholarships from Art Incubator (2016 & 2017) and was awarded scholarship to study at Ècole Supérieure d’Art et Design, Saint-Ètienne, France (2013).

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Artworks

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Education

2015
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
2011
Bachelor of Design, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2018
'FLOOD FLOOD', Chalk Horse, Sydney
'Personal Space', Ideas Platform, Art Space, Woolloomooloo
2017
'Rainbow Region', Wellington St Projects, Sydney
2016
'Grand Tourist', Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney
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Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
2018 Art Central, Hong Kong with Chalk Horse Gallery
2017
'GROUPIE', Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney
'Take Two', Art Incubator, Kronenberg & Wright Artist Projects, Sydney
2016
'So Fresh', Wellington St Projects, Sydney
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Comissions

2019
'Dip into my face habbit', for Caroll Square lobby, Washington DC
2018
Drop Bags collaboration with Cement Fondu, Cement Fondu Artist Store, Paddington, Sydney
Drop Bags, Pacific Publishing, New York for Printed Matters ‘New York Art Book Fair’, MoMA PS1 New York
2016
All’s Well, triptych for Marprop building in Parramatta, Church St, Sydney

Grants | Awards

2017
Recipient, Art Incubator emerging artist scholarship, Sydney
2016
Recipient, Art Incubator emerging artist scholarship, Sydney
Finalist, Emerging Artist Category Redlands Minolta Konica Art Prize, Sydney
2013
Awarded Full Scholarship, École SupÉrieure d’Art et Design, Saint- Étienne, France

Residencies

2015
Artist in Residence, Fowlers Gap, Rural NSW
2014
Artist in Residence, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney
Artist in Residence, Sydney Guild, Sydney

Collections

Private Collections: New York, Denmark, London, Texas, Melbourne and Sydney
Private: Artbank
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