Artist Biography –

Born in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Emilie’s practice employs American realism and is based on portraying society on a magnified level of detail. Initiating her practice in the picturesque location of Hawaii, the artist focuses on emphasising the beauty of the everyday.

As her practice evolved in the inspiring Hawaiian setting, the artist adopted a palette knife technique, informed by her husband Mike Fantuz who utilises the method in his work. Currently, Emilie’s oeuvre is defined by a combination of American realism and the Ashcan School, imparting cityscapes and urban landscapes which exude a dreamlike glow. Living in a range of cities, from Kauai to Detroit, the artist withdraws interesting aspects and details of subtle scenes. This results in a unique body of work imbued with beguiling lighting, contrast and emotion.

The artist has been exhibited in the United States and Canada, as well as her work receiving many awards and belonging in several worldwide collections. The artist presently resides in the Canadian city of Vancouver, where she enjoys the reenergising effects of hiking.

b. 1988. Lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Solo Exhibitions
2016 Pathways and Places, Beverly Shores Gallery, Beverly Shores, IN
Two-Person Exhibitions
2021 Two-Person Exhibition, Where Lights Meet, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2018 Two Concepts of Realization, Newton Cultural Center, Surrey, BC
2017 What is a City, but the People, The Loft Fine Art, Mount Clemens, MI
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 Winter Group Exhibition, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2021 Summer Group Exhibition, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2020 Winter Group Exhibition, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2020 Summer Group Exhibition, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2018 Arts 2018, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
2018 Stylized Realism, Beaudry Gallery, Dallas, TX
2017 Diversiform, Beaudry Gallery, Dallas, TX
2017 Blooms, Bugs, Beasts, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
2017 Seven, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
2017 Haute Domain: Detroit Art & Design, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI
2016 Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Fall Exhibition, The Loft Fine Art, Mount Clemens, MI
2016 Statewide Fine Art Competition, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI
2016 Holiday Show, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI
2016 Detroit Biennale, Museum of New Art, Armada, MI
2015 The Next Big Thing, Museum of New Art, Troy, MI
2015 Let’s Pretend, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
Biography
Le Magasin (cover), Arabella Magazine – Canadian Art Architecture & Design
Artist in Focus 2022 (coffee table book), Magzoid International Art Magazine
Massive Murals Dazzle in West Vancouver, North Shore News
American Realism by Emilie Fantuz, Magzoid International Art Magazine
This Palette Painter’s Massive Vancouver Works Will Leave You Speechless, Vancouver is Awesome
Artist Shares Optimism for Pandemic Painters, CityNews Vancouver
Emilie Fantuz, Artist Showcase, Arabella Magazine – Canadian Art, Architecture & Design
Interview: Never Call Me Again Podcast
Where are they now? Detroit Performs, Detroit Public Television
Featured Artist, Border Crossing Magazine
Artist Talk: Emilie Mae Fantuz, Palette Knife Adventures, City of Surrey
The Motion of Emotion, Dallas Art & Design Magazine
Detroit Performs Episode, Detroit Public Television

Selected Awards
2017 People’s Choice Award, A l’Heure de Paris, Detroit, Michigan
2015 First Place Award, City of Howell Public Art Project, Howell, Michigan

Public Art
Odeon Theatre Mural, Commissioned by the Ambleside Dundarave BIA, West Vancouver, BC
Salem-South Lyon District Library, South Lyon, MI
City of Howell Public Art Project 2017, Howell, MI
Art Explored 2017, Royal Oak, MI
Detroit Little Libraries – Detroit, MI
City of Howell Public Art Project 2016, Howell, MI
Art Explored 2016, Royal Oak, MI
Pop Up Art: Special Edition, Lansing, MI
Romulus Public Library, Romulus, MI
Novi Public Library, Novi, MI
Michigan City Hall , Michigan City, IN
City of Howell Public Art Project 2015, Howell, MI
Royal Oak 11 Mile East Public Art Project, Royal Oak, MI
Collections
Bucci Developments, Vancouver, Canada
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, USA
Bank of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, USA
Burris Law Firm, Detroit, USA
Iron Fish Distillery, Thomposonville, USA
Todd Interests, Dallas, USA
Private Collections worldwide

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