EMALIE BINGHAM

BIOGRAPHY

EMALIE BINGHAM
(b.1985 Cape Town, South Africa)

As a child, Emalie Bingham played with wild clay from the garden, built gyms for her hamsters out of recycled materials, and took every opportunity to draw, whether obsessively decorating school books or documenting live events.

Although she works across a diverse range of media, drawing has always been foundational to her life and creative practice – a survival technique she developed from a young age. For Bingham, drawing provides both refuge and stimulation, detachment from and an intense connection to the world around and within her. She describes it as the ultimate meditation, enabling her to both accept her limitations and use her practice to transcend them.

Bingham uses pattern-making and surface-design as a medium through which she interrogates societal patterns and conventions. Her paintings are striking compositions created from her hand-drawn designs which are often edgy, satirical, humorous and self-reflexive.

Bingham completed her Fine Arts degree at Rhodes University in South Africa. Her work is represented in the Nando's and the Spier art collections and in many other private collections in South Africa and around the world.

 
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2019
SUMMER, Everard Read, London, UK
Southern Aspect - A Group Exhibition, Everard Read, London, UK

2018
Summer Show, Everard Read/Circa, Cape Town, South Africa
Unimagining, Everard Read/Circa, Cape Town, South Africa
Summer Show, Everard Read, London, UK
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2017
Summer Salon Show, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Moving Still, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Summer Show, Everard Read/Circa, Cape Town, South Africa
Winter Show, Everard Read/Circa, Cape Town, South Africa

2016
Surface/Subtext, Everard Read/Circa, Cape Town, South Africa

2015
Summer in the City, Everard Read/Circa, Cape Town, South Africa
Broken Monsters, Cape Town, South Africa
Homage, Everard Read/Circa, Cape Town, South Africa
Winter Show, Everard Read/Circa, Cape Town, South Africa
Empire, Everard Read/Circa, Cape Town, South Africa

2014
Art on Paper, Kalk Bay Modern, Kalk Bay, South Africa

2013
Surface Interest, Town Hall / Long Table Pop-up, Grahamstown, South Africa
One in a Million, Salon 91 Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Line&Light Collective, One For Another, Cape Town, South Africa
The Benediction of Shade, David Krut Projects, Newlands, South Africa
Too Muchness not Enoughness, Pretoria, South Africa
Forts – Let there be Light, Cape Town, South Africa

2012
I’d Rather Be Swimming, Salon 91 Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Sacred Lakes / Crooked Brooks, Bronze Age Art Foundry, Cape Town, South Africa
Flower Safari, Let There Be Light, Cape Town, South Africa

2011
Strata, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa
Independent Publishing Project, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
Long Table Exhibition, Town Hall / Long Table Pop-up, Grahamstown, South Africa
Absa L’Atelier, Ann Bryant Art Gallery, London, UK

2001
Sculptors and the Animal, Museums of Fukushima, Kirishima, Yamanashi and Mie, Japan
Salon Artuel, Beirut, Lebanon