View In Room
View In Room
Transparency on bespoke led lightbox
Edition of 15
Dimensions: 103cm (H) x 108cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 40.6" (H) x 42.5" (W) x 2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
103 x 108 x 5cm (framed)
95 x 100cm (unframed)
Based upon Carpaccio’s 'Healing of the Possessed Man' (1496), from the Accademia Gallery in Venice, 'The Lion & The Phoenix' was created in March 2020, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The left side of the composition is a photomontage of Venice, and the right side is crafted from photos of Fenghuang (Phoenix Ancient Town) in Hunan Province, often cited as the ‘Venice of the East’. Due to the global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, an empty setting is presented, devoid of people. The title of the piece refers to the symbol of Venice, the Lion, and the symbol of Fenghuang, the Phoenix, the latter offering a suggestion of hope, that, just like the immortal mythological bird that cyclically regenerates, so we too will re-emerge from this challenging period.
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Hometown: Jersey, Channel Islands, UK
Based in: Hastings, UK
Born in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK, Emily Allchurch first specialised in sculpture before developing her unique approach to reimagining historical artworks in a contemporary photo-collage style. She shows regularly across the UK and internationally, and is a frequent participant in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, UK.
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Tokaido Hiroshige Museum, Japan; Minneapolis Museum of Arts, USA; Museum of London, UK; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; States of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK and the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada. Corporate collections include the Financial Conduct Authority, Unilever, Morgan Stanley, Schroders and Rathbones in London, Fidelity International in Tokyo, Gaw Capital and Link REIT in Hong Kong amongst many others.
Emily holds an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London and lives and works in Hastings, UK.
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