Excellently bleak and pastel depictions of disaster-torn places from Amze Emmons

16 May 2012
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When something looks like it’s been done on a computer but it’s actually been created by hand I’m instantly impressed and it’s even better when that work is actually really good (rather than just those weird painted replicas of Johnny Depp or David Beckham you see on the market sometimes).

Take the work of Amze Emmons for instance whose work explores disaster and refugee architecture but depicts them in a simple line drawn style with sweet, ice-cream colours that jar beautifully against the isolated, dilapidated spaces and makes us question the reality Amze has captured. Using a range of techniques including stencilling, etching, silkscreen, relief with materials including graphite, gouache and watercolours all on paper, his work is engaging and superbly realised.


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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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