“I love intense, vibrant, poppy colours that bring a sense of enchantment to art and to life.”
OPENS TONIGHT (US) | Ema Frost is an Auckland based graphic artist, illustrator and ceramic designer. Ema’s adorable characters come to life from a variety of inspirations, her musings as a young girl from legends and mythologies of Maori and Japanese descent. These inspirations harmonise her pieces, making them wonderfully charming and unique.
Her characters fit peacefully on the page, a balance of her signature dream like style, full of magic and narrative. They are whimsical and innocent and full of vibrancy, each of their faces tells a different story of the world in which they live. I adore the colours in her pieces, reminding me of my childhood, reliving fairy tales, long-lost mythology and innocence. Ema is heading over to New York for her show at ORA Gallery, and will be attending a special post opening night on the 14th of December. If you can make it to the gallery, it will be a wonderful night and a perfect opportunity to meet Ema in person!
December 3 – 24, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Artist will be in attendance:
December 14, 2016 | 5-8pm
New Zealand Art and Design Gallery
51 7th Avenue, New York,
Open Wed- Sunday 1-7pm
She burst onto the Auckland art scene back in 2010 and has been captivating her fans ever since. In her unique style, Ema uses bright colors to give life to beautiful images, the inspiration of which comes from Ema’s fascination and deep respect for the mystery and magic found in Maori and Japanese folklore. The often delicate and always delightful characters she creates are the perfect marriage of these mythical cultures, blended with clean lines and vibrant colors that are the hallmarks of Ema’s work. Part of the charm of her work is in the little idiosyncrasies that can be found only upon closer inspection of her images. Look carefully and you’ll see little characters peeking out from unsuspecting places and the omniscient Tiki watermark that protects all life in the world of her imagination.
Originally as a graphic artist and illustrator, Ema’s characters were brought to life in print. However, over the years they have sprung from the page and are now featured in her range of watches, coffee cups, cell phone covers and cheeky little collection of button badges. Ema’s playful use of color extends to her ceramic collection as well. Her range of Dinkies (featureless bunnies) are finished in pastel pink and mint and add a delightful touch of Frost wherever they are found. Ema’s work can be found in galleries, homes, hotels and schools all over New Zealand, Japan, India, Australia, Germany and the USA!
While her characters may have been born out of her fascination with Maori Folklore and mythology, Ema’s dreamlike imagery is universal and her work appeals to a wide range of art lovers from all over the world. And now for the first time, Ema Frost’s collection of products will be featured in ORA Gallery in New York from 3-24 December. So if you’re in the area why not get a bit of Frost this Christmas?!