What is libidinal to each of us and what removes us from it?
How can female cultural memory be rewoven and transformed?
Ember is based from her studio in St Andrews, Victoria.
Ember Fairbairn is mostly known for her densely layered oil paintings of abstracted organic shapes which reference nature . The work is presented as paintings within a frame and also as expanded paintings which occupy various spaces and scales. The work also investigates the way in which colour can impact on the viewer and the space in which it resides. Her work is both about painting itself and how it interacts with space, dimension and form. The pictorial themes often speak about the experience of time, referencing mythology and our relationship with and within nature and the primordial and instinctual nature of humanity.
Ember is interested in what makes a painting libidinal, and how that resides in each of us having a human experience.
“Creating art for me is a communion with all of potential, it is a meditation where one “loses” self and merges into all that is and all that is yet to be. The process dictates the form. employing colour, mark making, symbol and shape through oil paint, and texture via the encaustic process. I want to be instructed by the subconscious and by surrendering to what wants to be made, and I can be educated about life and who I am from that place”.
2018 Manyung gallery
2015 Scent of Light Platform 72 Sydney
2015 Montsalvat - e long gallery
2013 Supra Sex, Platform, Sydney
2012 We Are is, Platform, Sydney
2011 Burrinja Gallery
Performative work with “Birthing the mother” group 2013-2016
Parameters, VCA Student Show, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
Untitled, Traffic Jam Galleries
Singapore art fair Nov
Stock room artist Manyung gallery and traffic jam Sydney. 2016
Singapore art fair Nov
Monica Adams and Ember Fairbairn Manyung Gallery Malvern September
stock room artist Manyung gallery and platform 72
New interiors exhibition Manyung Gallery Malvern November 2015
Affordable art fair Singapore (autumn edition, 2015) 10 NOVEMBER - 15 NOVEMBER, 2015 september group exhibition Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza 3 SEPTEMBER - 27 SEPTEMBER, 2015 affordable art under $2,000 Manyung Gallery Malvern 9 JULY - 2 AUGUST, 2015
Living with nature Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza 30 APRIL - 31 MAY, 2015
Stock room artist Manyung gallery and Platform 72 sydney
Affordable art fair singapore 19 NOVEMBER - 23 NOVEMBER, 2014
The colours of spring Mount Eliza Gallery 6 SEPTEMBER - 28 SEPTEMBER, 2014
Affordable art fair Singapore
Manyung Gallery Group Contemporary Art Australia. 23 MAY - 25 MAY, 2014
Nature a celebration of our natural world 8 MARCH - 30 MARCH, 2014
Stock room artist Manyung gallery and platform 72
Cabin Fever exhibition May platform 72 sydney
Art at Linden Gate september
Yarra Valley open studios may
Stock room artist platform 72
Affordable art fair Melbourne start programme. July Yarra Valley open studios September
Agora Gallery, New York . 3 Group shows.
Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sydney opening exhibition , grand opening of gallery September Yarra Valley open studio exhibition
Warburton Arts Centre exhibition
Yarra Valley open studios
Synergy Gallery, Northcote
Yarra Valley open studio program
2006 Fitzroy Gallery Exhibition, VIC
Synergy Gallery, Northcote, VIC
Fitzroy Gallery Exhibition, VIC
Eltham Library Exhibition, VIC
Women art exhibition, Women of the Blackall Ranges
Beginnings, Coolum, QLD
2018 Masters in Contemporary Art @ Victorian College of the Arts Melbourne
2017 Graduate certificate in Visual art @ Victorian college of the Arts Melbourne University
2004 units in post graduate course for experiential and creative arts therapy MIECAT (phenomenology, incomplete)
1995 Cert IV Visual arts Sunshine coast institute of TAFE
1994 MacGregor winter school.
1993 BA Visual arts QCA (incomplete)
2018 Finalist, Ravenswood Womens Art Prize, Emerging Category
2012 acceptance into start programme for emerging artists
1995 Sunshine Coast Institulte of Tafe, Award for painting
1995 Gold Rush Exhibition, Printmaking Award
2013 St Vincents Hospital Sydney Public collection.
2014 - Artist in residence yea arts festival.
2014 - Artist in residence Montsalvat
2016 Allity group for Art duo Corporate commission
2016 Permanent collection on the worlds newest
and largest cruise ship “ Harmony of the seas”
2016 - Art tutor Grampians brushes.
Private collections in Melbourne, Sydney,
Singapore, New York
2010-2014 Various workshops taught at threestories art space as encaustic tutor and oil painting tutor.