“Emma Tooth is used to double takes. The artist is as striking as she is talented, as unique and surprising as her formidably impressive art.”
Wendy Roberts / Derbyshire Magazine
"Allow me to introduce the Hans Holbein of our generation. I've just discovered the great new British artist Emma Tooth... She is dialoguing with ALL the Old Masters. Her emphasis is on the realistic portrait, just as Holbein's emphasis was during the Renaissance... Tooth's portraits correspond, in terms of updating the structural iconotype of the portrait study, precisely to what Holbein was doing in the Renaissance. If Holbein was alive today, these are the people he would be painting."
John David Ebert / writer on art, mythology and culture
"Whether your eye is drawn to the striking eye make-up or distinctive black clothing, Emma Tooth cannot be ignored - nor can her art. She produces stunning portraits of ordinary people in a classical Renaissance style."
Wendy Roberts / Derbyshire Magazine
- Signal Gallery
"Emma is among the most exciting fine art portrait painters in England today."
"This week sees the Derbyshire-based artist open her London solo show at the Lazarides’ Outsiders Gallery, as well as making her debut showing in the United States in Thinkspace’s five year anniversary show. We put a few questions to the exciting young artist..."
"The powerful portraitist you can't ignore."
The Derbyshire Magazine
"Breathtaking... Incredible... Such a fine artist"
- Aleena Naylor / BBC Radio Derby
AT HOME WITH EMMA TOOTH
"Emma Tooth's art is as spellbinding as the woman herself. Lynne Dixon meets one of Derbyshire's most eccentric characters at her Derbyshire home..."
Extracts from a quaint little feature in the Derbyshire Magazine
"Dark but dope..."
Tooth's paintings were selected for prominent display in the 03/10/08 special edition of Newsnight Review from Liverpool during the Biennial...
"It is the creation of likeness which fascinates me most; a glint of gold in the shadows, the flicker of an eyelid, the shimmering pulsation of nerves under skin. Likeness is always at the centre of my work.
Using the historically-loaded medium of oil on canvas I set out to create jewel-like treasures, like altar pieces or icons intended for personal devotion.
I relish the glowing transparency and texture of oil paint and seek to create a macro-feast of surface texture which can only really be appreciated close up.
Building on my long-time explorations of self-image; costume, masquerade and artifice, as well as beauty found in unexpected places, are essential elements of my work, There is also a sense of escapism; most of my paintings are of a single figure, of a solitary moment, withdrawn from the rest of the world.
Humans relate to images of other humans, particularly faces, on a visceral, subconscious level; this is why portraiture is especially powerful and relevant. After layers of meaning and concept are stripped away, that relationship remains."
Elizabeth Emma Tooth / artist
"Brash scale and confidence... technically brilliant."
John Forkin / Business Matters
"Tooth’s paintings were spread across two rooms of the Museum ... mixed in with the permanent collection of 18th Century artist Joseph Wright, and also in her own exhibition space with Wright’s paintings interspersed between..."
ALL ABOUT BREAKING ART
A statement introducing the Breaking Art project...
"Emma Tooth's work is truly stunning; her rich dark colour palette and eerie backgrounds lend themselves perfectly to the atmospheric portraitures which inhabit her creative kingdom. There's no denying her artistry as each of her paintings leer, smile or cry for you in such a life like manner..."
- Liz McGrath / artist"
"...dark beauty and a lot of talent."
Bernd Priml / artist
Champion breakdance team Bad Taste Cru created a piece called 'Council Of The Ordinary', based on Tooth's 'Concilium Plebis' paintings, and performed it at the opening of her first exhibition at The Customs House. Their astonishing performance has since toured worldwide.
Part of what is so exciting about the performances is the way they begin with just one dancer (but with other dancers hidden amongst the crowd) and as the dance progresses, other apparently ordinary, passive members of the audience step up and join in - watch out for the man in a black suit here.
The show was so successful Bad Taste Cru were commissioned to develop a sequel: 'Tribal Assembly' (Comitia Tributa). featuring the same archetypal British street characters originally inspired by Tooth's paintings.
BREAKING ART COMES TO NOTTINGHAM
As the Breaking Art tour continues, meet acclaimed dancer and the model for many of the paintings in the series, Robby Graham. In this video he chats with Emma about how they inspired each other's work.
The Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham
GRIFTERS @ LAZARIDES
Lazarides Gallery, Rathbone Place, London
"Emma continues themes and iconography that were prominent in Victorian painting. She brings not only a contemporary twist, but dramatically shifts the role of the female in art from the muse to the artist."
David Hancock / artist
ALL ABOUT CONCILIUM PLEBIS
Read Elizabeth E. Tooth's original statement on the Concilum Plebis project...
Selections from Tooth's 'Concilium Plebis' appeared in Soho alongside the works of Faile, Polly Morgan, Antony Micallef, Jonothan Yeo, Invader and many more...
"Combines technical excellence with a subject that is contentious ... she brings sensitivity and compassion to images that are often considered socially troublesome and threatening. Her collection questions stereotypes and gives dignity to what is essentially working class Britain today. She also opens up the world of fine art to a new audience making it accessible to a whole new section of society."
Dom Jinks / Arts Council England
"Her skill is awesome"
"Beautiful… Proper Painting"
Claire Hamilton / BBC Radio Merseyside
LAST RITES GALLERY NEW YORK
Emma Tooth exhibits in New York for the first time with Last Rites Gallery in their annual 13th Hour show, along with some of the world's best loved 'dark' artists...
'The 13th Hour' group exhibition opens in the USA
The Festival plays host to a particularly beautiful rendition of 'Tribal Assembly (Comitia Tributa)' - the dance show by Bad Taste Cru inspired by Emma's work.
She remains intensely proud that a little spark she kicked up could have ignited such an inferno.
Bad Taste Cru perform 'Tribal Assembly' at the Stockton International Riverside Festival
PAINTINGS COME TO LIFE
Groundbreaking breakdance team Bad Taste Cru have created a second piece featuring the same archetypal British street characters originally inspired by Elizabeth Emma Tooth's paintings.
"Spellbinding... Stunningly dramatic style and technical excellence"
- Lynne Dixon / Derbyshire Magazine
"The portrait artist has combined crafts at polar opposite ends of the art scale to create a series of stunning paintings... Her work is breathtaking and it’s refreshing in this time of technology and alternative practices to see classical fine art painting - which has a unique contemporary edge... This is a must-see exhibition – especially for those who love the old masters."
"Seemingly endless creativity... Emma has created something extraordinary and new... something stunningly atmospheric; a classical take on 21st century life."
Wendy Roberts / Derbyshire Magazine
A 2010 documentary about Tooth's 'Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary People'.
A sumptuous affair full of fascinating footage of the paintings being created, amazing dance performances from B-boy champions as well as detailed interviews with the artist about the Concilium Plebis project.
"Emma Tooth is an amazing artist, not only does she produce finely detailed, beautifully crafted paintings, but Emma herself is a stunning, living work of art."
A conversation with Emma Tooth
PAINTING IN PROGRESS
A short film including interviews and footage of 'The Captive' as it was painted, as well as its unveiling night at Derby Museum & Art Gallery.
Behind the scenes - how 'The Captive' was captured
Al Davison / author and artist
"UK-based Emma Tooth, who has shown in the past with Lazarides Gallery, will be part of Thinkspace Gallery's Picks of the Harvest show. We were able to have a conversation with her..."
"A force to be reckoned with."
Derby Evening Telegraph
"THE POWERFUL PORTRAITIST
YOU SIMPLY CAN'T IGNORE"
Extracts from a 2008 interview in the Derbyshire Magazine.
"Whether your eye is drawn to the striking eye make-up or distinctive black clothing, Duffield's Emma Tooth cannot be ignored - nor can her art..."
"stunning... absolute genius."
HI-FRUCTOSE STUDIO VISIT
"Beautiful moments of solitude... powerful images..."
HiFructose.com ventures inside Emma Tooth's studio.
Article includes detailed photographs from inside the artist's inner sanctum at the start of her 'Heredity' project...
NEW FRIENDS FOR ALATHEA
a documentary film
Emma Tooth was commissioned to create a new painting for the Ingestre Collection - the first in over 80 years
"The shining star of the night was UK based artist Emma Tooth. Known for depicting extraordinary people in traditional settings, Tooth presented three oil paintings from her 'Concilium Plebis' series portraying urbanites in a chiaroscuro setting reminiscent of the old masters."
THE SHINING STAR OF THE NIGHT
Thinkspace Gallery's huge 'Picks of the Harvest' group show welcomes Elizabeth Emma Tooth to the USA as their Featured Artist and HiFructose magazine describes her as "The shining star of the night"...
Emma accompanies her paintings to the USA and causes quite a stir...
EMMA TOOTH vs. JOSEPH WRIGHT
The intrepid ArrestedMotion.com attended the big night and present this article full of photographs of the event, including the amazing dance performance by Trinity Warriors ...
Derby Museum's 'Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary People' exhibition opening night
"An artistic showdown 250 years in the making - Emma Tooth vs. Joseph Wright of Derby come together in “Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary People”. Emma may have the edge over Joseph, with him being deceased... but we look forward to this bout featuring the two Derbyshire-based painters."
Jan Rodgers / BBC Radio
EMMA TOOTH vs. JOSEPH WRIGHT
a bout 250 years in the making!
'Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary People' @ Derby Museum & Art Gallery
In 2010 Emma Tooth was given the extraordinary opportunity to exhibit in a 'duel' exhibition with 18th Century Master Joseph Wright of Derby. Tooth's 'Concilium Plebis' paintings invaded the Joseph Wright Gallery and in turn paintings from the Museum's world-class Wright collection appeared alongside Tooth's in the main Gallery space, inviting viewers to compare, contrast and make connections between the old and the new.
Wright and Tooth were both influenced by Baroque artist Caravaggio and his dramatic use of light and shadow, and both used the ordinary people of Derby as models for their work.
Derby-based dance team Trinity Warriors (who also appear in some of Tooth's paintings) performed amongst the priceless works of art as part of this unique show.
Photos: Sven Davis.
UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY ART
The ever-erudite author John David Ebert walks us through the minefield that is contemporary art and takes a little time out to discuss Emma Tooth's 'The Captive', in fascinating detail...
Fascinating lecture series by John David Ebert
DROUOT DIGARD URBAN CONTEMPORARY AUCTION
"An unprecedented international Urban Contemporary event in Paris offers fans and buyers alike access to the global legends of art. An unparalleled sale which offers the most comprehensive catalogue of street art ever seen to date."
In 2013 Tooth's work appeared alongside major works by Basquiat, Picasso, Keith Haring, Blek le Rat, Swoon, Banksy and many more...
"Tooth not only challenges negative connotations, but also suggests that anyone can be touched by the divine."
- The Metro Art Review / Christopher Collett
CONCILIUM PLEBIS EXHIBITION
Sandford Goudie gallery, Newcastle 09/01/09
An electric night... Elizabeth Emma Tooth was joined by Bad Taste Cru, the award-winning Irish BBoy team who amazed the audience with their superhuman abilities! Photos: Craig Leng and Philip Wilkinson.
UP CLOSE EXHIBITION
"intense and powerful work, with a considerable amount of technical brilliance and emotional power. This show demonstrates that the art figuration is not dead, but alive and kicking in Hoxton."
Signal Gallery, London
BREAKING ART PRIVATE VIEW
The Customs House Gallery, Newcastle
Tooth's dance-inspired paintings are unveiled in Newcastle with special guests Bad Taste Cru.
Photos: Owen Tooth and Craig Leng.
THE MAM TOR YEARS
Touring the Event Horizon books
Back in 2005, (when she was known as Emma Simcock-Tooth) Tooth joined a ragtag band of renegade artists taken under the wing of comic art legend Liam Sharp, when he decided to shake up British comics from his own kitchen table and launched publishing house Mam Tor to produce the ground-breaking anthology books known as 'Event Horizon'.
Between 2005 - 2008 their adventures took them to Paris and Lille, as well as Bristol and Brighton, to name just a few. Never knowingly under-dressed, Emma met, worked and drank with many industry greats including Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley, Dave Kendal and many, many more.
CONCILIUM PLEBIS @ LAZARIDES
The Dungeon, Lazarides Gallery, London 04/11/10
Emma Tooth presents Concilium Plebis in her solo London show, joined by costume artist Olivia Barnard-Firth (aka The Wicked Lady), who created costumes inspired by the paintings themselves as well as Tooth's personal style...