Photographs, taken to record her own travels and experiences, are often the starting point for Emily Moore’s landscape based work.
In particular she is drawn to the patterns and forms of mountainous environments and the contrasting, geometric shapes and lines of the man-made structures which inhabit them. Her paintings explore the tension between these two conflicting themes, attempting to find an overall balance within the final composition. A strong architectural influence is also apparent in Moore’s work, which often draws attention to mundane, everyday constructions.
The physical act of creating a piece, the surface and materials, has always been an important part of Moore’s practice. She developed her unique style of painting during her final year at Edinburgh College of Art; working directly onto wooden panels, constructing the image in individual detailed layers, whilst retaining elements of the natural wood beneath.
Emily Moore graduated with a first class degree from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013. In 2012 she was awarded the Royal Scottish Academy Keith Prize for the best student work and during her final year she was selected for the Saatchi New Sensations Longlist. Following graduation Moore was shortlisted as one of ten finalists for the Griffin Art Prize, appearing in an exhibition at The Griffin Gallery in London, where she was awarded the Griffin Art Prize People’s Choice Award and a sponsored artist award. Since graduating Moore has shown her work internationally as well as regularly exhibiting at the Annual Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibitions. In 2016 Moore won the Royal Scottish Academy Guthrie Award and in 2018 was shortlisted as one of twenty six global finalists for the Rise Art Prize where she was awarded Rise Art Painter of the Year, and later in 2018 was selected as a finalist for the Zealous Emerge Art Awards.