Our love affair with Emily Woodard’s work began during the first Covid-19 lockdown when the ACR co-founders discovered her through Matthew Burrow’s hashtag #artistsupportpledge. For us, her work exudes a magical, romantic and mystical charm and all of us have her work hanging on our walls.
Back in December, we were invited to visit Emily’s studio. A short walk from Waterloo Station, down an unassuming road in South West London is the studio she shares with a number of artists and artisans, from illustrator to sculptors, stylists to film makers. Emily cheerfully greeted us, her striped apron splattered with paint, and led us down the hallway until we arrived at the door of her studio.
Emily’s paintings line the walls of her studio, a variety of animals all busy dancing or reading in wonderful bow ties and top hats which is so characteristic of her work. Paint tubes and brushes clutter her desk, encircling the main easel that currently carries ‘Winter’ from her ‘Four Seasons’ collection. At this stage the badger’s blue robe is empty and a bag filled with remnants of flakes of gold leaf sits just below it.
Born and raised in the Cornish countryside, Emily left behind the west coast and moved to the big city to study Illustration at the University of the Arts London. Her rural upbringing, combined with her current urban life, inspires her work with the romance and deep, rich histories from bygone times being woven into the fabric of her artworks. We encourage you to visit her website to see more of her work.
We are pleased to share some of the footage below and hope you will enjoy meeting Emily, albeit it virtually! Her raffle, in partnership with Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity , is now live! Get your ticket HERE