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Emma Cousin Limited Edition

Emma Cousin’s figurative paintings create a tableaux of intermingled bodies that pinch, squish and press into one another. Her Limited Edition, which is part of our Curated Editions collection New Mythologies, explores the ways screen print can reflect some of the most intimate bodily experiences. 

Detail of one of Emma Cousin’s Limited Edition prints Tri, signed and numbered by the arist

By using the limit of a primary palette the bodies can then mix colours with themselves when they overlap, also altering their sense of depth – who is behind, inside, or on top of who? 

Emma Cousin examines one of her Limited Edition prints Tri in her studio


Meet Emma Cousin

London-based painter Emma Cousin uses the figure as a mechanism to explore phenomenological experiences. She talks to curator Becca Pelly-Fry about how she flips metaphorical meanings, and the edition she’s made for our inaugural Curated Editions collection, New Mythologies.

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Emma Cousin

The Artist

Emma Cousin

Emma Cousin was born in Yorkshire, UK, in 1986 and is currently  based in London. She graduated from Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include Introductions,  White Cube (2021); Goldsmiths CCA, London (2020); Milton  Keynes Art Centre, UK (2019); Lewisham Arthouse, London (2018);  Edel Assanti, London (2018); and Dolph Projects, London (2017).  Recent group exhibitions include ‘Soft Bodies’, Castlefield Gallery,  Manchester, UK (2020); ‘Ridiculous’ Elephant West, London  (2020); Jerwood Arts exhibition ‘Survey’ at Baltic Centre for  Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK  and G39, Cardiff, UK (2019); and ‘Ultra’, J Hammond Projects,  London (2019).

Her work is in the Zuzeum Museum Riga, The  Samandi Art Foundation, Bangladesh, Aishti Foundation, Lebanon, Azman Museum Malaysia and the Art Institute Siena, Italy. Emma is  a visiting lecturer at Sotheby's and teaches painting and drawing,  running workshops with galleries, museums and art schools.