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Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Babette.

Emily, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a bit of a late bloomer in regards to making art. Since I was a kid I was interested in painting and drawing, but it was never a serious pursuit until I was well into my twenties. I definitely didn’t imagine it was something I could seriously make a career out of.

In my late teens and early twenties, I was consumed with the theatre, as my initial passion was pursuing acting for theatre and film. After graduating High School, I started going to a community college in the Inland Empire and double majored in theatre and studio art. It was during this early time that I took my first foundation art classes and the seed of art-making was planted.

And then in 2011, I went to the UK to study abroad for a year. Even though I was still focused on studying theatre during this year, I was mostly inspired by the art I saw while traveling around the UK and Europe. I immediate switched majors from theatre to fine art upon my return to the US, as the shift that occurred abroad was wholehearted. Since pursuing art at university, resulting in a Bachelors of Fine Art from Cal State Long Beach, I have never looked back. Art making is now such a passion and obsession for me that I feel the need to create at every moment I possibly can!

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I consider myself a contemporary figurative artist. Thus, I paint and draw contemporary people. My process is a hybrid of both traditional and modern approaches, as I prefer to draw and paint from life in an academically disciplined way. As a result, part of my work is focused on staying true to the age-old tradition of portraiture. Yet another is focused on the quest to defy traditional use of space or materials.

All my drawings and paintings are on paper. I use stencils, collage elements and cut out areas so the space in my work is dynamic and juxtaposing against other areas of the image. This is how my drawings and paintings stand out from others and remains contemporary, visually engaging, and unique.

The themes in my work revolve around identity and the daily performance we “put-on.” For example, style is an indicator of how a person desires to be perceived by others. I’d like to think of my portraits as psychological and modern-anthropological portraits.

How can artists connect with other artists?
Social media really helps to connect artists these days. I am also very lucky to be a part of FA4 Collective which is an amazing artist collective made up of fellow alumni from Cal State Long Beach. We do events, meetings, collaborations, etc. together.

I would recommend reaching out to fellow artists and start collaborations! Perhaps host a critique evening or go to gallery opening in your city. Additionally, I would recommend trying to be a part of your local art walks. That is a great way to be a part of a community event and meet new people.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I often participate in exhibits around the greater Los Angeles area. I am part of an art collective called FA4 Collective and we show together fairly frequently. Additionally, I maintain an online portfolio on my website and my Instagram which has the majority of my work.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.emilybabette.com
  • Instagram: @emilybabette
  • Facebook: @artofemilybabette
  • Twitter: @emilybabette

Image Credit:
Emily Babette

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1 Comment

  1. Cat Stevenson

    May 1, 2018 at 04:02

    HOLY HEAVENS THESE ARE AMAZING

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