Marlowe Emerson

Marlowe Emerson

Mixed Media

My work is about exploring the limits of spontaneity in painting and drawing, playing with a tension between simplicity and complexity. I love the emotional relationship with color and the immediacy of scribbling, mark making, and other expressionist techniques. The resulting layers of paint and paper become a testament to the ways in which art records individual experience. The process is intuitive and personal. It contrasts the attitude of organic forms frozen in time to the vibrant energy of the brushstroke. The collage elements are obtained through drawing or photography, then sometimes digitally altered. Working with a range of media, including acrylic paints, various qualities of paper, and different types of pastels and pencils helps to achieve a complex, textured finish.

Marlowe Emerson is a mixed media artist from Virginia Beach, Virginia who creates large scale abstract paintings using acrylic and collage techniques. She received a BS in French and Art History from Georgetown University, after which she spent seven years studying painting in the south of France. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries internationally, including the Art in Embassies Program. She currently teaches abstract painting at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The primary focus of her instruction is the intuitive process of painting and the value of abstract expressionism as a meditative practice.

BOJUart donates a portion of each piece sold to this artist’s cause: Virginia MOCA art education programs. Through regularly scheduled events for children, teens, and adults, Virginia MOCA offers exciting programs that foster awareness of the significant art of our time. All programs, activities, and resources are designed to encourage discussion, transforming galleries into laboratories of ideas.





Wolf Girl Goes to School

Fire Child


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2020 Limits of Spontaneity, BOJUart Online
2017 Norfolk Transit Gallery, Norfolk, VA
2017 Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach, VA
2016 Philips Family Art Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
2012 Gallery at Town Bank Pavilion, Virginia Beach, VA

2019 Free Space, Artsy Exclusive
2019 CURRENT Art Fair, BOJUart, Richmond, VA
2019 Color, National Juried Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
2019 Tacit, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE
2019 Artist’s Choice, Regional Juried Show, Foundry Gallery, Washington D.C., DC
2019 Hung Juried, Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, VA
2019 Radius250, ArtSpace Gallery, Richmond, VA
2018 New Waves 2018, Virginia MOCA, Virginia Beach, VA
2018 Virginia Artists 2018, Charles H. Taylor Center for the Arts, Hampton, VA
2018 Art of the ViBe, Virginia MOCA Satellite Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA
2017 Virginia Artists 2017, Charles H. Taylor Center for the Arts, Hampton, VA
2015 The Living River Art Show, Nauticus, Norfolk, VA
2014 Our Town: Historic Interpretations of Virginia Beach, Surf and Rescue Museum, Virginia Beach, VA
2007 By Our Heirs Forever, New Waves 2007, Virginia MOCA Satellite Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA

2018 –  Present Instructor, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA
2005 – 2008 Gallery Educator and Student Art Start Instructor, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA

2019 Buinho Creative Hub, Messejana, Portugal
2017 OnePast7, Suffolk, VA
2017 Chateau Orquevaux, Visiting Residency in the Haute-Marne Region of France


1991 Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., Bachelor of Science, French and Art History  
1989 – 1990 University of Nice, Nice, France, Study Abroad, Art History

Current ProjectMarlowe Emerson