Rory Emmett

Resident Artist: South Africa

Rory Emmett (b.1992) completed his BAFA at Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) in 2014. He majored in painting, and in his final year was awarded the Judy Steinberg Painting Prize. He was also the 2014 recipient of the Hoosein Mohamed Award and the Director and Staff Special Prize, in his final year. His work now forms part of one of UCT’s permanent collections, at the CCA (Centre for Curating the Archive), as well as a number of private and corporate collections.

Emmett was a Top 5 Sasol New Signatures Merit Award winner for 2015 as well as an SPI Portrait Award 2015 finalist. He has participated in a number of group shows including ‘Greatest Hits: A Domestic Odysey’ & ‘Claims to Land’ at the AVA in 2015, ‘Movie Snaps’ at the District Six Homecoming Centre in 2015, ‘New Monuments’ at Commune.1 in 2016, the Barcley's L'Atelier 2016 regional selections exhibition, the 2017 Cape Town Art Fair, and “A Painting Today” at Stevenson in 2017. 

Emmett lives and works in Cape Town, where he held his first solo project in his Rheede Str studio at the end of 2016, called Survey. He will be having his first solo show at the AVA gallery in August 2017.