Ema Frost @ ORA Gallery


“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!

Ema Frost & Friends


Exhibition Dates:

 December 3 – 24, 2016

Opening Night:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Artist will be in attendance:

December 14, 2016 | 5-8pm

ORA Gallery

New Zealand Art and Design Gallery

51 7th Avenue, New York,

Open Wed- Sunday 1-7pm

Press Release:

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?!

You can follow more of Ema’s work here Web | Facebook | Instagram




About Author

Kylie Dexter was born (and is currently living with her gorgeous boys, Rob and Zen)  in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by Pop Surrealism and the New Contemporary Art movement  she began collecting original works and sculptures in the mid 90's. Since then her collection has grown to epic proportions. She has had an obsession with art from a young age and has an eye for emerging artists, and a deep understanding of the narrative the artist is trying to portray. She believes art can change the way people think and reach the deepest part of their psyches. Kylie has faith in art's ability to create an energy to express and reflect the  deep symbolism and stories that are untouchable in normal reality. She also has a  heartfelt connection to music and is a self-taught artist who brings needle felting to life via her dolls that are sold and shown around the world.   With an enthusiastic addiction for writing about art, talking about art, looking at art and making art, what better place to be, surrounded by what you love! I feel passionate that Beautiful Bizarre Magazine raises the profile of up and coming artists, supports those already in the industry and contributes positively to galleries who share a common goal; to keep art alive and flowing, to keep people creating and more importantly keep people collecting and expressing themselves via the images on their walls. . 'Take your broken heart, make it into art' ~ Carrie Fisher

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