Emily Kirby was born into a family of artists in Zambia in the early eighties. Although young when she moved 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 has drawn on the study of people and wildlife, using the figure as the central object for interpretation. In the past Emily was interested in tribal identities but more recently she has become primarily concerned with exploring methods of painting that allow her to celebrate raw emotion, movement and expression. Bold brush work and a loose expressive technique have become a defining aspect of Kirby’s work, however an investigation into colour and form lay at the heart of her practice.
Emily’s Tanzania Collection was inspired by a visit to Babati, Tanzania with the award winning community development charity Livingstone Tanzania Trust. The rawness of the place and the vibrancy of the people is captured in this beautiful collection.
Emily has exhibited internationally and in 2012 was awarded The Chairman’s Ngoma Award for Visual Artist in the Diaspora.