The Christening Party
By Emily Learmont

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Year
1996
Media
Oil Painting
Subject Matter
Domestic and Home
Reg. Number
L302
Size
183 x 122 cm

In this oil on canvas work, the artist Emily Learmont depicts the scene of a Christening Party, combining nature and the theatrical. We see people gathered under a colourful tree during what seems to be a festival. Sunflowers and blue skies surround. Emily uses delicate washes of paint, creating intricate details with a fine brush and adding finishing touches of gold and silver. The result is colourful, vibrant and uplifting.

Many of Emily's works are about watching the world.

"In the same way that someone would re-tell a story my imagination would sometimes take over and the cumulative effects of thoughts and memories would make careful perspective seem unnecessary."

Born in Edinburgh in 1969, Emily Learmont studied at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Academy schools in London. She won a travel scholarship to Paris and the Christies Award for painting in 1990. She has painted across Europe, including working as artist-in-residence at the Kunstcentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands. She has illustrated for a range of institutions, including NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Storytelling Centre and Speechmark Publishing. She teaches in the Education Department of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Art in Healthcare's blog entry about Emily Learmont