Emma Tweedie is an artist who grew up in Northern Ireland. She now has an established London studio based in Kingston Upon Thames, London.
In 2019 she was one of 30 shortlisted artists for the prestigious Sunny International Art Award with ‘Delamont II’ a mixed media artwork from the LandEScapes series. This piece was exhibited at the Sunny Art Gallery (Grey’s Inn Road, London) and her work went on to feature in the 2019 International Sunny catalogue distributed in Asia (London, Beijing, Shanghai).
Additionally in 2019 tweedie’s work was shortlisted for the international pebeo mixed media art award, which featured works from 100 artists and different 100 countries. Just 30 of these were subsequently chosen to exhibit at the menier gallery southwark London. Her work entitled ‘ gorse field’ was exhibited.
Tweedie works in mixed media with a sustainable focus. She uses mainly water based and non-toxic ingredients. She is also interested in textiles and as keen upcycler tries to use second hand materials and papers where possible often including old packaging materials, vintage fabrics such as Irish linen, as well newspapers and used coffee cups.
She creates semi-autobiographical and abstracted works that channel her responses to nature and its calming effect.
The finished results are often contemporary and dynamic but all inspired by natural landscapes, seascapes and townscapes of her native homeland as well as places she has travelled to. The palette of colours Emma works in often reflects those she finds in nature including lichen green, moody blues and turf browns. She uses all manner of medium in her ‘artist’s toolkit’; everything from pine cones, bracken, sticks, homemade brushes, Irish linen, to recycled paper, claypaint, concentrated watercolour, acrylics, inks, pencil, pastels and homemade pigments.