Emily Allchurch

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In the words of the Financial Times’ photography critic, Francis Hodgson, Emily Allchurch “has made herself a specialist in a kind of extreme collage.”  Her starting point may be an old master painting by perhaps Bruegel, Friedrich or Turner, one of Piranesi’s prints of imaginery prisons or one of Hiroshige’s sublime Views of Edo. Using often hundreds of photographs, always taken herself in appropriate, yet present-day urban environments, she digitally recreates these masterpieces. However her seamless collages are never slavish copies; that is not the intention. Rather Allchurch reasserts, sometimes even subverts, contemporary life and culture by means of its re-evaluation through the template of past masters. Using lightboxes as a tool for their display suffuses the colour and heightens their immediacy.

Capital Folly (after Piranesi)  2017

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 111 x 150 cm
(Also as mounted/framed c-type print)
Edition of 15 + 2 APs

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (after Piranesi)

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (after Piranesi)  2016

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 115 x 175 cm
(Also as mounted/framed c-type print)
Edition of 15 + 2 APs

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi - Installation

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (after Piranesi)  2016

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 115 x 175 cm
Installation

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London Babel (after Bruegel)  2015

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 125 x 150 cm
(Also as mounted/framed c-type print)
Edition of 20 + 2 APs

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Grand Tour: In Search of Soane (after Gandy)  2012

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 106.6 x 182.4 cm
(Also as mounted/framed c-type print)
Edition of 15 + 2 APs

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Tokaido Road: Mariko (after Hiroshige)  2013

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 78.5 x 120 cm
(Also as mounted/framed c-type print)
Edition of 10 + 2 APs

4

Tokyo Story 8: Temple (after Hiroshige)  2011

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 122.4 x 87.5 cm
(Also as mounted/framed c-type print)
Edition of 10 + 2 APs

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Tokyo Story installation at Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2011

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Tokyo Story installation at Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2011

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Urban Chiaroscuro 8: St. Petersburg (after Piranesi)  2012

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 122.4 x 87.5 cm
(Also as mounted/framed c-type print)
Edition of 10 + 2 APs

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Urban Chiaroscuro 4: Rome (after Piranesi)  2007

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 122.4 x 87.5 cm
Edition of 8 + 2APs

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Waiting for inspiration (after Bellini)  2008

Diasec-mounted c-type print; 78.7 x 125 cm
Edition of 6 + 2 APs

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Crystal Palace (Recomposed)  2006

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 91 x 131 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP
As seen on BBC series How we built Britain

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London Wall (after Turner)  2004

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 100.5 x 165 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Winter Landscape (after Friedrich)  2004

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 77 x 106 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP