Detail of Goddess as a Young Woman IV, 2006
Born and based in Melbourne, Emma van Leest graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) from RMIT in 2000. On completing her degree, Emma left for Indonesia to learn about Balinese and Javanese folk art. There, Emma studied the ancient art of shadow puppetry under a master puppeteer. Her Asiatic influence manifests in subject and technique in her works. Mesmerising, her intricate and visually complex works draws the viewer into her imaginative universe. Her extraordinary technical skills, enlivens a rich melting pot of imagery borrowed from a host of disparate sources – orientalism, the lives of saints, folk art, Hindu literature and the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm. Emma is currently represented by John Buckley Fine Art, Richmond.
Village Murmurs, 2006
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