Ember Fairbairn is based from her studio in North Warrandyte, Victoria where she lives with her two children.
Ember has exhibited since 2000 and holds a Masters in Contemporary Art from VCA. Her paintings are in private and public collections in Australia and internationally, having exhibited regularly in Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and New York. Ember has been a finalist in the Ravenswood prize for women.
Known mostly for her densely layered oil paintings of abstracted organic shapes which reference nature, she spends a lot of time in nature and is interested how nature informs and impacts the body and psyche and how that then emanates as nature based abstraction.
Ember's work is presented as paintings on canvas and wood. The work also presents as expanded paintings which occupy various spaces and scales. Her work is both about the act of painting itself and how it interacts with space, dimension and form. The pictorial themes often speak about the experience of time, referencing mythology and our relationship with and within nature and the primordial and instinctual nature of humanity. Ember is interested in what makes a painting libidinal, and how that resides in each of us and what removes us from it?