DRAWING ON NATURE

Jana Emburey & Rosie Lesso

6 October to 23 November 2015, Open Daily 10am-5pm
Private View Thursday 8 October 6-8pm

Jana Emburey (BA Hons Visual Arts) is originally from Slovakia, born in 1979. Jana has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently in the Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis in the Cut of Your Jib exhibition with the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA), in Singaporein an event at the Art Stage Singapore and 4XFOUR exhibition, as well as at the SSA Annual exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

Her work is in many private and corporate collections, including Stirling University and Austrian Investkredit Bank (part of Volksbank AG). Jana’s work predominantly explores the concept of time, memory and population growth through various media; sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.

The Sweet Oblivion series talks of fast multiplication of cells on a microscopic scale compared to the incredibly fast growing human race. Even though we know how big this problem is, most of us choose to live in a “sweet oblivion” rather than trying to adapt and respect nature.

Rosie Lesso (BA, MA Fine Art) is an artist and educator based in Edinburgh, who graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2004. Since then she has exhibited throughout the UK and has work in collections including Edinburgh College of Art and The Sanctuary space at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.

Alongside her artistic practice she has been teaching for the past 10 years at a range of venues including The City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh College of Art and currently runs visual art workshops for The National Galleries of Scotland. She is also a board member for The Society of Scottish Artists and writes about contemporary art for a number of UK journals.

Her drawings explore the boundaries between realism and abstraction, with an ongoing interest in landscape. Collage has also played an important role in her work as a starting point for new ideas. In her most recent work she has been exploring the ways in which fictional spaces can be created using domestic objects, old landscape photographs, ripped up paper and rejected photocopier pages, using a childlike sense of imagination to create uncanny, otherworldly places. She makes small scale dioramas from which to draw, often including mirrors and reflections to add to their illusionistic depth.

Rosie is also running a Graphite Drawing Masterclass as part of our education programme. Click here for more information.