Emma Stibbon was born in 1962 in Münster, Germany. She studied for her Fine Art BA at Goldsmiths, University of London; and an MA in Research Fine Art the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Stibbon is fascinated by the impact of human activity on some of the world's most isolated regions. Travelling widely, she draws environments that are undergoing dynamic change. Working from sketches and photographic records made on location, Stibbon’s studio-based works are a direct expression of her experiences in the field.
She has held several residencies, including Project Pressure, Annapurna Range, Nepal (2017); National Parks North Rim Residency, Grand Canyon (2017); Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Residency (2016); Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut (2016); Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute placement in Antarctica (2013) and the Arctic Circle (2013), and a Derek Hill Scholarship at the British School in Rome (2010).
Stibbon’s work has been internationally exhibited, with recent solo shows at Verey Gallery, Eton College, Berkshire (2017) touring to Rochester Art Gallery; Galerie Bastian, Berlin (2017, 2015); Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge (2015); Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire (2013, 2011); Potsdam Kunstverein, Berlin (2012); and Listhus Artspace, Iceland (2012). Stibbon had her first solo exhibition at the Alan Cristea Gallery in 2017.
Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Stadtmuseum, Berlin; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery; Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon-Tyne; and Potsdam Museum. She was elected Royal Academician in 2013.
Emma Stibbon lives and works in Bristol, England.
In Summer 2017 Emma Stibbon began printing Caldera Overlook, her largest work to date, which measures 214 x 372 cm. The woodcut, an edition of 10, evokes the glow of a volcanic crater through lush rainforest as witnessed by Stibbon during her 2016 residency with the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Printed by the artist and Amy-Jane Blackhall of...