Emily Tan is one of the most innovative and naturally gifted image makers of recent times. A minimalist, a maximalist, utilising multiple techniques and mediums together with a unique style, creating art of exceptional imagination and distinction.
The power of the work is founded upon her motivation as a social change and inspire positive impact. This exciting young artist has been working with the World Wildlife Fund UK, on a series of nine, stunning, large scale animal portraitures. Each animal being personally named by celebrity ambassadors and employees of WWK UK, they have been applied on a wide range of merchandise and the original artworks have been sold in Auction during 2015. All funds went towards WWF.
Though composed of quick brushstrokes and bursting with color, the portraits convey realistic renderings of animals, from big cats and primates to small birds and butterflies. Though impressive even from a distance, each large-scale portrayal is even more captivating up-close; in addition to a seemingly infinite collection of colors, the dazzling designs also feature delicate details noticeable only to the observant. From intricate, criss-crossing lines to tiny, white dots reminiscent of pointillism, the meticulous and minute subtleties of each portrait only enhance their splendor. Additionally, each depiction is set against a white background, emphasizing their graphic nature and allowing the colors to pop off the page. Emily has enjoyed remarkable success and international acclaim since her graduation from University Campus Suffolk in 2012. Her inclusion into the publication and national touring exhibition of The Best of British Illustrators AOI images 36, a Time Warner London [TCM] prize winner, and winner of Sappi; Ideas that matter campaign “Drawing Life”, testify to both her philanthropy and professional accolade, as an artist and designer.