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Emily Besser

Emily Besser is an Australian artist currently based in London with her husband and their two sons. Besser graduated from Sydney College of the Arts with First Class Honours in 2001, and went on to complete a graduate law degree at the University of New South Wales in 2004. After practicing native title, environmental and planning law for 10 years, Emily has returned to a daily practice of painting.

Emily’s abstract and gestural works are in conversation with a diverse range of ideas, sometimes relating to religiosity, spirituality and belief, or psychology and anthropology, or the sedentary arts of gardening, child-rearing and home-making. But mostly the conversation returns to the practice of Painting itself.

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