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Artist Emma Fay uses concept body artistry to create exhibitions, media and live installations. Painting on the human canvas to create artworks that challenge visual perception, Emma’s approach uses symbolic expression and illusion, while her inspiration is derived from the natural world, humanities and social science.

Born in 1987, Emma’s education in the arts, beauty industry and business allowed her to combine knowledge and skills to manipulate the human form into unique bodies of work that appear in photographed exhibits, live performances and film.

Her rise to international recognition as a body artist came from the release of the Marvels of Nature series, which combined the distorted quality of contortionism with painted depictions of animal forms. Following the worldwide viral success of the artwork, Emma’s work has been applied to more commercial domains, creating captivating artwork for editorial and advertorial use, both as photographed body art and recreations at events. Her work has been commissioned and featured in many publications, including The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Huffington Post, as well as being utilised for campaigns and social causes.

Emma works within commercial arenas, bringing her artistic talents to make-up artistry and body painting, adding an innovative dimension through her concepts and ideas. From her studio in the UK she has developed Enter Edem, a collective of artists who create exciting theatrical art experiences and deliver educational workshops.

Passionately endorsing the arts and wellbeing, Emma’s work has received Arts Council England and University Research funding to create public exhibitions and projects, alongside receiving commissions from independent organisations supporting further understanding of health, societal and environmental issues.

Clients
Rowse Honey
Sky Atlantic
BBC
ITV
UN Water
PETA
The National Lottery
Macmillan Cancer Support
Action Homeless
Rethinkyourmind
Sociedade Brasileria de Dermatologia, Brazil
Born Free Foundation
Tiger Balm
Natural History Museum, London
ZSL London Zoo
HIPA Photography Awards, Dubai
Ministry of Environment, Gibraltar
Leicester City Council
University of Leicester

Publications
The Guardian
The Telegraph
The New York Post
The Daily Mail
Huffington Post

Lectures and Talks
TedxWarwick
Seed Creativity
Judge at bodypaint festivals in Gibraltar and the Netherlands

Workshops
Mistair Academy
Attenborough Arts Centre
The Art of Employment Lottery-funded project for Apex-works, Leicester
Loreto College, Manchester
City of Leicester College
Charnwood Arts
People Express
LOV Festival

Sponsors and Support
Arts Council England
Mistair Bodypaint
Live painting demonstrations at Paintopia and the World Bodypainting Festival
EcoGlitter Fun

Guardian image archive

Press, interviews and exhibitions

Channel One Russian
July 19

The Times
March 18
August 17

The Metro
September 17
January 17

The Guardian
January 17
October 2016
July 2014
November 2014

The Telegraph
September 17
November 2014
July 2014

The Mirror
October 2016

Local press (Articles now archived)
November 2015
August 2015
August 2015
July 2015

BBC News
March 2014

Warpaint Mag
June 2014

My Modern Met
June 2014

Designstack
March 2014

Pixel77
June 2014

Mail online
November 2014

Cosmopolitan
November 2014

Fubiz.net
March 2014

Video
Euro Maxx lifestyle
December 2014

Exhibitions
Resilience, Remedies and Reason

Bishop Auckland Town Hall Gallery 7th Sep – 4th November 2020

Resilience
Déda Derby 14th May-4th Aug 2020

Remedies and Reason
George Davis Centre, Leicester 15th June – 3rd August 2019
Déda Derby 16th May – 28th July 2019
George Davis Centre, Leicester 3rd Aug – 26th Sep​

Ridiculous
Attenborough Arts Centre 28th January – 5th February 2017

Portraits of the Mind
Attenborough Arts Centre 9th – 29th March 2018

To find out more about booking exhibitions view the Touring Exhibitions Network

Please contact enquries@emmay-fay.co.uk for all press enquiries or see Q&A for more information.