Episode Four

Portrait of a Lady

with Emma Wesley

Emma Wesley is an award-winning portrait painter.

Her paintings are exhibited widely, and they feature in the permanent collections of The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Society and Lord’s Cricket Ground, amongst many others.

She has painted a diverse range of subjects from butchers to philosophers; as well as antique dealers, cricketers, soldiers, surgeons and even violinmakers…

Join Emma in conversation with Adriana as they discuss the artist-sitter relationship, her work with Wes Anderson and what makes a good portrait.

Episode Four

Portrait of a Lady

with Emma Wesley

Emma Wesley is an award-winning portrait painter.

Her paintings are exhibited widely, and they feature in the permanent collections of The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Society and Lord’s Cricket Ground, amongst many others.

She has painted a diverse range of subjects from butchers to philosophers; as well as antique dealers, cricketers, soldiers, surgeons and even violinmakers…

Join Emma in conversation with Adriana as they discuss the artist-sitter relationship, her work with Wes Anderson and what makes a good portrait.

“Portraits are a very special thing because they are a record of the time two people have spent together. The conversations they have had and the interactions. It’s an ongoing, ever evolving conversation.”

Emma Wesley, Portrait Artist

Our Guest

Emma Wesley

Self-taught as an artist, Emma Wesley studied English Literature at Cambridge and Painting Conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art before beginning a career as a portrait painter in 2003.

Emma has exhibited widely throughout her career and has shown paintings regularly in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. In 2007, Emma was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and has twice been awarded the De Laszlo Silver Medal for Portraiture by the Society.

Film: Canyon James. Sound: Boy in the Corner © Woven Spaces 2023

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