Emily Kirby was born into a family of artists in Zambia in the early eighties. Although young when she came to the UK these roots have always had a deep impact on her painting. Emily now regularly returns to travel, paint and exhibit in Africa.
The majority of Emily’s work draws on the study of people and wildlife, using the figure as the central object for interpretation. Kirby is primarily concerned with exploring methods of painting that allow her to celebrate emotion, movement and expression in a free and powerful way. Bold brush work and a loose expressive technique has become a defining aspect of Kirby’s work, however an investigation into colour and form lay at the heart of her practice.