Emily Allchurch

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 Bruegel, one of Piranesi’s prints of imaginary 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.

 

Ghost Towers (after Piranesi) 2018

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 115 x 168 cm. Edition of 15.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; 81 x 121 cm)

Babel Britain (after Verhaecht) 2017

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 130 x 142 cm. Edition of 20.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; 90 x 100 cm)

Babel Britain (after Verhaecht) 2017

Lightbox installation

Capital Folly (after Piranesi) 2017

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 111 x 150 cm. Edition of 15.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; 76.5 x 105 cm)

 

Grand Tour II: Homage to Soane 2017

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 107.5 x 183 cm. Edition of 20.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; 75 x 130 cm)

Sic transit gloria mundi (after Piranesi) 2016

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 115 x 174.5 cm. Edition of 20.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; 80 x 124 cm)

London Babel (after Bruegel) 2015

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 125 x 150 cm. Edition of 20.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; 82.5 x 100 cm)

Grand Tour: In search of Soane 2012

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 107.5 x 183 cm. Edition of 15.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; 75 x 130 cm)

 

Tokyo Story 8: Temple (after Hiroshige) 2011

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 122 x 87 cm. Edition of 10.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; 85 x 60 cm)

Tokyo Story : Twilight Passage (after Hiroshige) 2011

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox; 122 x 87 cm. Edition of 10.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; 85 x 60 cm)

Tokyo Story 8: Cherry Blossom (after Hiroshige) 2011

Installation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, who purchased the complete Tokyo Story series.

Urban Chiaroscuro 4: Rome (after Piranesi) 2007

Transparency on bespoke LED lightbox;

122 x 87 cm. Edition of 4. SOLD. 169.5 x 122 cm. Edition of 4.

(Or framed C-type mounted onto aluminium; sizes on request)