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BIOGRAPHY
O’Rourke synthesizes the urban with the natural, ephemeral, ethereal and transcendental through her paintings. Appreciating moments of harmony in our chaotic world, O’Rourke sees how heavenly serendipity weaves karmically throughout life. The feminine experience weaves through O’Rourke’s work. Inspired by ideas of beauty, motherhood, aging, emotional strength and vulnerable fragility, she confronts these notions in both an expressionistic and impressionistic fusion of styles. Strong textural swipes of wax and the use of dried paint, dried petals and dripping latex creates textural impasto; and thus initially seemingly ‘pretty’ paintings are edgy and powerful.

Scratching, drawing and dripping over the painted surface fuses an urban element into her painting, evidence of O’Rourke’s childhood growing up in city of London. Music also plays an influential role - rhythmic brush strokes create visual vibrancy. Evidence of a sartorial background comes through the color palette; both O'Rourke's parents and grandparents worked within the fashion industry, and she studied art and fashion at Central Saint Martins - part of the University of Arts, London, where peers included Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, and Hussein Challayan.

She often remarks on her works as ‘collections.’ Born Emma Goodman in England in 1970, O’Rourke began drawing and painting before she could talk. By the age of three she had her first works exhibited at the Ben Uri Gallery in London. She spent many years working as an art director in London. Having been a painter full time for the last 10 years, Emma O’Rourke is represented by the Modern Artists Gallery and The Catto Gallery in Great Britain.

O’Rourke moved to DC in 2000. She works from her studio at the Jackson Art Center in DC. She lives with her husband and two children.

EDUCATION
2001
Corcoran College of Art, Washington, DC, USA

1989-1993
Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors and extra commendations, Rimmel Creative Advertising Award - Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, England

1987-1988
Art Foundation Diploma, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London, Engl and

1981-1987
3 'A' levels, 9 'O' Levels, Mary Plumber Award for Art - Haberdashers Aske’s School for Girls, Elstree, Hertfordshire, England

EXHIBITIONS
2010
Georgetown Pediatric Transplant Wing
Apsen Art Fair, Ralls Collection
Hampstead Flower Show - Catto Gallery, Hampstead, London, England
Garden Art Exhibition - Luton Hoo Walled Garden, England
Spring Open Studios - Jackson Art Center, DC
Visceral Flowerscapes - solo show Seyhoun Gallery, West Hollywood, USA
Georgetown Artists Group show - The old Smith and Hawken, Georgetown

2009
Winter Open Studios - Jackson Art Center
‘Urban Beauty’ Solo Show - Union Row Warehouse 301 - 14th Street, DC.
Artomatic - Navy Yards
Bag Design competition winner - Washington Project for the Arts annual Gala
Uplifting seascapes 1,2,3. Georgetown Hospital pediatric transplant wing
Spring Open Studios - Jackson Art Center

2008
Winter Open Studios - Jackson Art Center
'Liberated Canvases' - Artery 717
Spring Show - Christchurch, Georgetown
21st Gala Auction - National Museum of Women in the Arts
Spring Open Studios - Jackson Art Center
Artomatic - Penn Ave DC
Artery 717 - live art/ group show
Ella Scott Design, Bethesda, - Urban Beauty

2007
Gesso works group show - Modern Artist’s Gallery, UK
'Seascapes' Solo Show - Arts Club of Washington, Monroe Parlour, DC, USA
X in DC Live art show - Be Bar, Washington DC, USA
Art in the Park group show - The Park, Washington, DC, USA
‘New York Seoul’ Group Show - Hun Gallery, NYC, USA,
Ho Gallery, Seoul, Korea
WPA/ Corcoran ‘9x10’ - William Parker Gallery, DC, USA
Jackson Art Center - Spring and Winter open studio shows, DC, USA

2006
Group show - MOCA Art Gallery, Washington, DC, USA
Etherington Fine Art - Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA
Jackson Art Center - Spring and Winter shows, Washington, DC, USA

2005
Sherman Pickey - Washington, DC, USA
Inspired Art Fair - London, UK
Open Studios Show - Jackson Art Center, USA

2004
Open Studios Show - Jackson Art Center, USA

2002
Hickock Warner Fox Architects, Group Show, Washington, DC, USA
Tryst, Solo Show, Adams Morgan, Washington, DC, USA

1994 - 2002
Worked as an Art Director/Designer for print advertising at Austin Knight, Dynamo
Marketing and BBDO in London, and then Smartteam USA

1993
‘Street Style’ - Exhibited in the Acid Jazz and Funk Sections - Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
Group Fashion - Fashion Illustrations and Art Group Show, Hoxton, London
Rimmel Creative Advertising Award

1991
Lulu Guinness - fashion drawings and designs

1973
Children’s Art Show - Ben Uri Gallery, London, UK