Emily Uchytil

I am a Baltimore-based oil painter with a love for ecology, entomology, and patterns. I studied painting, illustration, and art history at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut, USA, and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. 

I started out painting room scenes with overlapping patterns, bold colors, human figures, and moody lighting. My body of work now focuses in on the small spaces within those rooms — revealing what is hiding out on the ornate walls. I'm currently working on paintings of birds, plants, and larger-than-life insects on vintage wallpaper.

In 2011, Emily came across hundreds of rolls of vintage wallpaper in a dusty dance hall in Thomas, West Virginia. The pattern-rich wallpaper quickly became her new canvas. The prints she offers are of her original oil paintings on wallpaper and are part of her ever-growing series of ecologically-themed work in the style of trompe-l'œil. Through the juxtaposition created when pairing realistic, nature-based imagery on human-made, decorative surfaces, she hopes to bring our relationship with these curious species into a more prominent position in our collective psyche. Her goal is to inspire the viewer to explore the symbolic relationships we hold on the natural world and appreciate the diversity of life around us.

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