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2017 February 16
by emma
Untitled II 2017 37 x 58 cm Paper, foamcore, glue

Untitled II
37 x 58 cm
Paper, foamcore, glue

Untitled I 2017 37 x 58 cm Paper, foamcore, glue

Untitled I
37 x 58 cm
Paper, foamcore, glue

These works are currently being shown at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery as part of the group exhibition “How does your garden grow?” which is on until 18 March 2017.

Details of the exhibition can be seen here.

Welcome 2016 and Extension of hiatus

2016 January 14
by emma



Happy new year. I hope your 2016 is a fabulous and productive year.

Due to ongoing medical treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma, I will be on extended hiatus.

I’ll post occasionally with bits and pieces but essentially won’t be able to work.

Please contact my gallery representatives Olsen Irwin with any queries.





2015 July 30
by emma

I am currently on hiatus due to illness. As I undergo treatment, I won’t be working until February 2016.

Best wishes,


A short film – Ash Island and its Transformations

2014 October 9
by emma

There is a beautiful series of short films about the exhibition and all of the participants on the Lock Up Cultural Centre website.

Here’s my film:

Ash Island and its Transformations – Emma van Leest from The Lock-Up on Vimeo.

Between the shadows and forgetting

2014 September 3
by emma


Work details:
Between the shadows and forgetting
Tyvek, foamcore, tape
260cm x 460cm x 220cm

See the full gallery here.



Residency at the Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle

2014 May 8
by emma

I am at the Lock-Up Cultural Centre in Newcastle doing a residency for the next two weeks (until 21 May) and then doing another stint in late August-early September.

Where I am staying, the Lock-Up Cultural Centre

Where I am staying, the Lock-Up Cultural Centre

The project and The Lock-Up’s Artist in Residence program is proudly supported by ArtsNSW, The University of Newcastle and the Hunter Street Art School, TAFE.

For the duration of the residency, I will be keeping a blog. I haven’t kept a blog since my  ‘Disenchanted Mongolian Pony’ blog about 10 years ago. This one will be a lot less self-indulgent, I promise you. Visit to see how my residency is going.

Large Infanta

2014 March 16
by emma

Large Infanta

Currently being exhibited at John Buckley Gallery in my solo show Forager.

Image details: Large Infanta, 2013, archival paper, foamcore and glue, 78 x 57cm

Solo Exhibition “Forager” at John Buckley Gallery

2014 March 9
by emma


5 – 29 March 2014

Celebration Drinks 3-5pm Saturday, 15 March 2015

John Buckley Gallery
114 Bendigo Street
Prahran Victoria Australia

Gallery opening hours:  Wednesday to Saturday 12 – 5pm or by appointment
More information on the exhibition

See all the works here.

Archival paper, balsa, mirrored acrylic and glue
69.5 x 69 cm (framed)

Dream a Little Dream

2014 January 31
by emma


It’s been a long standing hope of mine to work with the amazing Amanda Henderson and her team at Gloss Creative… and I got my wish at Christmas 2013!

With Ross Sabatini, I provided artwork for the installation at QV, “Dream a little dream”.

See the pictures on the Gloss Creative blog. Thank you Amanda!


Goyang Series

2014 January 30
by emma

The exhibition “Myths and Legends of the World” at Aram Nuri Art Museum in Goyang, South Korea continues until 2 March 2014.

You can see my works ‘Goyang Series’ here. They are inspired by the story of King Anjang and Beautiful Hanju, who fall in love when he is a spy in her city, and must overcome adversity before they are united and Hanju becomes his queen.

Goyang Series III