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Press Release| EMILY POWELL, THE BIRDS & ME | New Craftsman Gallery 6 - 23 May

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Emily Powell | The Birds & Me

6thto 23rdMay 2023

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Emily Powell at her studio | Photo credit:Alexa Loy Photography

This May, New Craftsman St Ives presents a dazzling exhibition of paintings by talented young artist Emily Powell. Colour and joy are central to Emily's work, and are the defining aspects that recently saw her invited to paint the entrance of London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

For this exhibition she explores her daily relationship with birds, which she describes as occupying "that place between reality and dream world", in the context of her daily walks with her new baby. "This is an homage to the gentle seed eater" she says, "who sit in the tree just by the sea and lift my mind from day to day. The sea birds bring perspective to each of my walks with the pram, offering something so light and bright I feel compelled to paint it".

As a rising young artist, Emily Powell has made a swift and significant mark on the art scene, creating bold and brilliantly coloured still lifes, grand floral depictions and images of ethereal flying wildlife in a wide variety of media, from paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures to digital artworks. Recent collections have reflected her journey into motherhood following the birth of her daughter in the winter of 2021, as well as the turbulence of global and domestic politics over the past few years. Emily was raised in Liverpool and studied at Norwich School of Art, with a sabbatical at the Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. She now lives and works in Devon, and has exhibited with the Royal Society of Art, collaborated with MoMA, National Galleries of Scotland and The British Museum, and was part of the BBC's Documentary on the 2020 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.


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Emily Powell |Birds Guiding the Boats  

Emily Powell | Photo credit:Alexa Loy Photography

New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore St, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1HE.01736 795652 | |



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EMILY POWELL Birds Guiding the Boats

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Editors Notes

New Craftsman St Ives

With an international reputation amongst art and craft collectors for its painting, sculpture and quality studio ceramics, the New Craftsman is regarded as one of the most important spaces for contemporary artists in St Ives. Founded in the mid-1960s by potter Janet Leach, it holds an unrivalled reputation as one of the country's leading art and craft venues. Today the gallery's annual programme of mixed and solo exhibitions continues to support the work of Cornwall's and the UK's very best painters and craftspeople.

New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore Street, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE | Tel: +44 (0)1736 795652 ||


For further press information or additional images contact Mercedes Smith at Fine Art Communications / Tel 07825 270235 /