One of the most exciting artists working in portraiture today,  Elizabeth Emma Tooth exhibits her breathtaking oil paintings all over the UK and abroad.
She is best known for her Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary People entitled 'Concilium Plebis' and her painting 'The Captive', commissioned by Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Recently she was commissioned to create a new painting for the Ingestre Collection - the first in over 80 years.

 

Tooth's paintings feature in many public and private collections all over the world including the UK, France, Iceland, Germany, North America and South Africa.

She has has featured in Japanese streetstyle magazines, on BBC Radio discussing Caravaggio, exhibited at dozens of galleries and museums as well as former-dungeons, tattoo conventions and derelict buildings. An occasional art tutor and manikin, she has modelled for other artists and photographers and once, an 'alternative' clothing company. She created the enigmatic art book 'From Pigfarmers and Showgirls', to explore her own origins and give people a glimpse inside her head - and succeeded in perplexing almost everyone.

 

In 2010 she mixed her dignified and reverent paintings of chavs and hoodies in with those of the 18th Century master Joseph Wright, then filled the museum with breakdancers, who, back-flipping among the priceless works of art created a most memorable night for visitors and insurance underwriters alike. Later her paintings inspired the acclaimed street-dance shows Council of The Ordinary and Tribal Assembly by Bad Taste Cru

 

After she gained Arts Council funding to start the Concilium Plebis project and The Guardian suggested it was worth seeing, she toured extensively for several years from 2008 under the name Emma Tooth, exhibited with Lazarides gallery in two solo shows and in the 'Grifters' group show alongside Antony Micallef, Faile, Jonathan Yeo, Invader etc. and became nominally associated with 'Street Art'.

She was the 'featured Artist' at the 2012 Picks of the Harvest show, Thinkspace gallery, California, where she appeared in 18th century costume and was described as 'The shining star of the night' on HiFructose.com.

 

Born in Cambridge and now living in rural Derbyshire, her earliest memory was when she ran away from home and was found talking to a crow as it pecked gently at her shoes. Since then she has rescued many wild birds and especially chickens, and spends almost all of her time in their company.

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