CV and Biography

Biography

1947 Born in Glasgow. Brought up in South Africa

1969 Trained as a graphic designer, Cape Technical College, Cape Town

1970-76 Worked as a designer in advertising

1976 Creative Director of BBDO International, Cape Town. Began painting and drawing (self-taught as a painter)

1976-77 Worked as a freelance illustrator in London

1977 Taught design at Cape Technical College, Cape Town

1978-79 Taught design and drawing, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town

1983-95 Taught drawing and painting at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Stellenbosch

1992 Joined the Redfern Gallery stable of artists

1996 Moved to England. Gave up teaching to devote himself entirely to his art

2007 First Prize in the BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

2009 Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint a  portrait of Sir V. S. Naipaul

2010 Completed portrait of Nelson Mandela, now in the permanent collection of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg

2013   First Official Portrait of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Selected solo exhibitions

1981  University of Stellenbosch

1982  South African Association of Arts, Cape Town

1993  Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch

1994  Paul Emsley – Drawings, The Redfern Gallery, London

1995  Paul Emsley – New Drawings and Paintings, The Redfern Gallery, London

1996  Paul Emsley – Drawings, Mary Ryan Gallery, New York

1999 Paul Emsley – Recent Drawings and Paintings, The Redfern Gallery, London

2011 Paul Emsley – Drawings, The Redfern Gallery, London

2012 Retrospective Exhibition, Woordfees Artist 2012, Sasol Art Gallery, Stellenbosch

2013  The Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley, The Holbourne Museum, Bath

Selected group exhibitions

1978-79 South African Art, touring USA and Brazil

1979 Cape Town Biennial

1982 Cape Town Triennial

1985 Cape Town Triennial

1987 Standard Bank National Drawing Competition

         Drawing Exhibition, University of the Orange Free State

1994  Gerhard Wurzer Gallery, Houston, USA

          Dickins & Rigg Gallery, Hong Kong

          ARCO Madrid (with Galerie Levy, Hamburg)

          Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery

1995  Panoramas of Passage, Exhibition of South African art
touring USA

          Represented South Africa in the United Nations exhibition

          The Right to Hope, Johannesburg Art Gallery

1997  The Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

1998  The Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

1999  Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2000  Salon de Mars, Geneva


          The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London (selected by Emma Sargeant; Michael Parkinson; Colin Tweedy; and Dr Sally Bulgin)

          The Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

          Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2001  First Painting Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

          The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London (selected by Ken Howard RA, and Sir Roy Strong)

          Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

          The Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

2002   The Jerwood Drawing Prize, touring exhibition of the UK (selected by Marco Livingstone, Cornelia Parker and Marina Warner)

2004   Balatro Gallery, Palm Beach, USA

          Naked, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

          The Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

2005   The Jerwood Drawing Prize, touring exhibition of the UK (selected by Stephen Farthing, professor Martin Kemp and Sarah Simblet)

2007  The BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery,
London (subsequent tour to Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh)

2009  Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2012   Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London

Awards

1987 Standard Bank National Drawing Competition (Merit Award)

2000   Summer Exhibition,
Royal Academy of Arts, London
(Bovis/Architect’s Journal Special Award)

2001   First Painting Open, RWA, Bristol (commended)


Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour
Competition (Third Prize)

2002   Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour
Competition (First Prize)

2003  Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour
Competition
(Third Prize)

2004  Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
(UWE Drawing Prize)

2005  British Interior Design
Association, Art London
(Silver Award for Works on Paper)

2007   BP Portrait Award 2007, National Portrait
Gallery, London (First Prize)

2008  Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
(UWE Drawing Prize)

Public collections

National Portrait Gallery, London

British Museum, London

Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg

South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Johannesburg Art Gallery

University of the Witwatersrand

University of Stellenbosch

University of the Orange Free State

William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley

Sasol Collection

Sanlam Art Collection

Northwestern University, Chicago