Hailing from an artistic family, Emma Sheldrake has worked across a wide range of creative industries and is fast gaining recognition for her unique style of painting.
Bold, striking, spontaneous and captivating, Emma's works reflect the fact that painting liberates her passion and energy.
Em's signature style drips with seductive intent, blending figurative art with the mischievousness of Pop Art and the subtleties of eroticism. Bold colour combinations, daring brush strokes, irreverent drips and enticing eyes define the power of her images to seduce the onlooker.
Largely influenced by her experiences in the fashion industry, her works are commentaries on how beauty is reflected in the media, its mesmeric portrayal and obscured depths. The flawless beauty of her subjects seeps from the pages of stereotyped fashion magazines into an unbound representation of character, rich with personality and evocative imperfections.
1975 Born Brisbane
1992 - 1995 Bachelor of Visual Art in Graphic Design
2000 - 01 Chairperson AFA ‘Youngbloods' (Young People in Advertising)
2002 - 05 Lecturer Advertising and Graphic Design, Griffith University, Southbank, Brisbane
2000-2002 Art Director George Patterson Bates
2002-present Creative Director/Designer, Sheldrake Creative
2007 Lecturer Advertising and Graphic Design, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Brisbane
2007 Art Shanghai, China
2007 Art Sydney
2007 So Fresh, Paddington Contemporary Gallery, Sydney
2007 Cerebral Palsy ‘Art for Art's Sake', Waterfront Place, Brisbane
2007 ‘Female Energy', Lapart Gallery, Brisbane
2006 07 Baguette Gallery, Baguette Restaurant
2006 Solo Exhibition ‘Confronted' Living edge, Brunswick St, `Brisbane
2006 May, Charity Exhibition for Geraldine Cox's Orphanage in Cambodia
2006 ‘Art for Arts Sake' Brisbane Powerhouse
2005 ‘Art for Arts Sake' Brisbane Powerhouse
2003 The Suncorp Art & Soul Charity Auction, Queensland Art Gallery
2003 Common Threads - Design Exhibition
2002 ‘A mixed exhibition', Brisbane Powerhouse
1998 Edwards Dunlop's Best of Graphic Design Exhibition
2007 Nominated Telstra Business Woman of the Year
2007 2001 - 04 Numerous Brisbane Art Directors awards for Literature, Corporate Design, interactive Media, Packaging and Creative Imaging
2002 Australian Catalogue Awards, Highly Commended
2001 Australian Cinematographers Awards
2001 The Cordiant Scholarship, Queensland Division
1998 Finalist, Absolut Vodka Photography Competition - Exhibition Sydney Opera House Finalist, Design Downunder Awards - Exhibition Sydney Opera House Finalist, Australian Catalogue Awards.
Elation album cover ‘Red Letter' *
2007 Lady Mayoress Charity Ball Auction
2007 Angel Flight Auction
Emma is in constant demand as a gifted portrait painter who captures the essence of the individual in a modern and upbeat manner.