Emma Stibbon was born in 1962 in Münster, Germany. She studied for her Fine Art BA at Goldsmiths, University of London; and an MA in Research Fine Art the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Stibbon is fascinated by the impact of human activity on some of the world most isolated regions. Travelling widely, she draws environments that are undergoing dynamic change. Working from sketches and photographic records made on location, Stibbon’s studio-based works are a direct expression of her experiences in the field.
She has held several residencies, including Project Pressure, Annapurna Range, Nepal (2017); National Parks North Rim Residency, Grand Canyon (2017); Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Residency (2016); Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut (2016); Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute placement in Antarctica (2013) and the Arctic Circle (2013), and a Derek Hill Scholarship at the British School in Rome (2010).
Stibbon’s work has been internationally exhibited, with recent solo shows at York Art Gallery, York and Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal (2019); Cristea Roberts Gallery, London (2019, 2017); Verey Gallery, Eton College, Berkshire (2017) touring to Rochester Art Gallery; Galerie Bastian, Berlin (2017, 2015); Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge (2015); Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire (2013, 2011); Potsdam Kunstverein, Berlin (2012); and Listhus Artspace, Iceland (2012).
Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Stadtmuseum, Berlin; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon-Tyne; and Potsdam Museum. She was elected Royal Academician in 2013 and in 2020 became a Patron of The Big Draw. In 2020 Stibbon was selected as chair of the Collections Committee at the Royal Academy.
Emma Stibbon lives and works in Bristol, England.
Emma Stibbon becomes a Patron of The Big Draw
Emma Stibbon in 'Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art'
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019
Film: Emma Stibbon discusses her work in Antarctica
Exhibition: Ruskin, Turner & The Storm Cloud
In the Press: Climate change ravages Turner’s majestic glaciers
Printing 'Caldera Overlook' by Emma Stibbon
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