Rory Emmett

1992 - 


Rory Emmett completed his BAFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) in 2014. He majored in painting, and in his final year was awarded the Judy Steinberg Painting Prize. He was also the 2014 recipient of the Hoosein Mohamed Award and the Director and Staff Special Prize, in his final year. His work now forms part of one of UCT’s permanent collections, at the CCA (Centre for Curating the Archive), as well as a number of private and corporate collections.

Emmett was a Top 5 Sasol New Signatures Merit Award winner for 2015 as well as an SPI Portrait Award 2015 finalist. He has participated in a number of group shows including ‘Greatest Hits: A Domestic Odysey’ & ‘Claims to Land’ at the AVA in 2015, ‘Movie Snaps: Cape Town Remembers Differently’ at the District Six Homecoming Centre in 2015, ‘New Monuments’ at Commune.1 in 2016, ‘DRESSCODE’ and ‘CAPE TO TEHRAN’ at Gallery MOMO in 2017 & 2018, ‘A Painting Today’ at Stevenson in 2017, ‘Throughlines’ at Greatmore Studios in 2017 and ‘HERE AND NOW’ at Greatmore Studios in 2018, ‘IMAGES OF DISPLACEMENT’ at the District Six Homecoming Centre in 2018, the 2017 and 2018 Cape Town Art Fairs, and “KWAAI” at Eclectica Contemporary (2018).

Emmett lives and works in Cape Town, where he held his first solo exhibition at the end of 2017 titled ‘Concerning Alchemy’ at the AVA gallery. Emmett’s most recent projects include a group exhibition which he organized and curated at 99 Loop Gallery titled ‘The Devil Loves When We Loathe Ourselves’ (2018), and a performance called “I Feel Most Coloured When I Am Thrown Against A Sharp Black And White Background” (2018) as part of a group exhibition titled ‘The Main Complaint’ at Zeitz MOCAA, which runs until February 2019. Emmett will be holding a solo show at 99 Loop Gallery in 2019.

Solo exhibitions

2017 Concerning Alchemy, AVA Gallery Cape Town

2016 Survey: Selected Works, Rheede str, Cape Town

2014 Colourman, (Graduate Exhibition), Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

Group exhibitions

2019 The Main Complaint, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town

2019: KWAAI, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town

2018 The Devil Loves When We Loathe Ourselves , 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town

2018 Cape to Tehran , Gallery MOMO, Cape Town Central, South Africa

2018 HERE AND NOW, Greatmore Studios, Woodstock, Cape Town

2017 Throughlines: Greatmore Studios Showcase 2017, Greatmore Studios,

Woodstock, Cape Town

2017 Dress Code, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town

2017 A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town

2017 COLOUR CHART, Ebony Curated, Cape Town

 2016 Abstracted , EBONY/CURATED, Cape Town

2016 THAT Art Fair , The Palms Décor & Lifestyle Centre, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa

2016 OTHERWISE , Sosesame Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016 New Monuments , Commune.1 Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2016 Sitditaf - Switch it Off , Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom, South Africa

2016 THAT Art Fair, The Palms Décor & Lifestyle Centre, Woodstock,

Cape Town

2016 But He Doesn’t Have Anything On!, Commune.1 Gallery, WaleStr, Cape Town

2016 NEW VOICES IV: Spatial relations, Lizmore &

Associates Gallery,Parkwood, Johannesburg

2015 Sasol New Signatures 2015 Exhibition , Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2015 ArtMeets Camera:The Mechanisms of Memory. Fringe Art Fair, Arts on

Main, Johannesburg

2015 Form & Substance. Erdmann Contemporary, Kloof Street Gardens,

Cape Town

2015 Portrait 100 (Sanlam Portrait Award Finals). Casa Labia Gallery,

Muizenberg, Cape Town

2015 EMERGING PAINTERS: The Graduate Show, Turbine Art Fair, Turbine

Hall, Johannesburg

2015 The AVA/Strauss & Co Open Printmaking Studio Residency,

AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2015: (In) The Nature of Things, HermanusFynArts, Old Synagogue

Building, Hermanus

2015 Revisiting The Latent Archive Through Sites, Greatmore Studios, Cape


2015 Claims to Land, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

2015 Movie Snaps: Cape Town Remembers Differently , District Six Home coming Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

2015 GREATEST HITS 2014: The Domestic Odyssey, AVA Gallery, Cape