Artist Emma Prempeh (b.1996, London) is a British, Ghanaian and Vincentian fine art graduate from Goldsmiths University (graduating in 2019) and winner of the Alumno/SPACE Studio Bursary award for 2020. She is currently attending an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art under the LeverHulme Trust Arts Scholarship.
In 2019 she was announced winner of The Ingram Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize and shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries, becoming a participant in their touring exhibition with her video work ‘Time’ at Leeds Art Gallery and the South London Gallery. In 2020 she exhibited two solo shows ‘Raise Your Glass’ at The Light Box, Woking and ‘The Faces of Love’, Vo Curations, Marylebone, London.
Family and generational continuity is often the subject of Prempeh’s paintings, as relational ties are explored and questioned, through the depiction of her mother and grandmother and their experiences. The search of spirituality enables Prempeh to analyse existential questions that are projected upon her reality; the fear of death, memory, ancestral ties.
2021: ADA\CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, Accra
2020: RAISE YOUR GLASS INGRAM PRIZE SOLO SHOW, THE LIGHTBOX, Woking
2020: THE FACES OF LOVE, V.O CURATIONS RESIDENCY Marylebone, London
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020: ONWARD AND UPWARD, DROOG GALLERY, Amsterdam
2020: REDRESSING THE BALANCE #WOMAN ARTISTS , THE LIGHTBOX, Woking
2020: BLOOMBERG NEW CONTEMPORARIES, SOUTH LONDON GALLERY, London
Awards and Residencies
2021: ADA\ CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, 1 MONTH RESIDENCY, ACCRA
2020: LEVERHULME TRUST ARTS SCHOLARSHIP
2020: V.O CURATIONS, 3 MONTH RESIDENCY , LONDON
2020: ALUMNO/SPACE STUDIO BURSARY AWARD
2019: INGRAM COLLECTION YOUNG CONTEMPORARY TALENT PURCHASE PRIZE
2019: BLOOMBERG NEW CONTEMPORARIES
Portrait of the artist. Courtesy of the artist.