Snowlines: Emily Moore

9 - 25 November 2018

Award-winning artist Emily Moore (b.1984) combines mountainous sceneries and architectural structures in arresting acrylic paintings. She works directly onto wooden panels, building up detailed layers while retaining the natural texture of the material beneath. Moore's work explores the tension between these natural and man-made elements, looking to strike a balance within the final composition.


Moore highlights the organic patterns and shapes of mountains, and their contrast with the geometry and lines of man-made buildings in natural settings. Under Moore's brush, the less desirable, stark concrete ski resorts become aesthetically pleasing structures, with their modernist motifs working in harmony with alpine landscapes. The resulting works recall the graphic quality of paintings of American Pop Art artist Ed Ruscha.


Moore often uses her own travel photographs as the starting point for her landscape based work. Several paintings in Snowlines were inspired by a trip to Iceland in October 2017, in particular what Moore describes as "awe-inspiring landscape, gale-force winds, torrential rain and atmospheric mist and fog, with elusive mountaintops." This is for instance obvious in Ólafsfjörður and Sólsetur. Other works are based on an amalgamation of personal photographs, with various locations combined to create new, anonymous landscapes. 



Moore was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013. She has exhibited internationally and her work is held in many private collections.