Published: 2 March 2017 at 16:46
Anglia Ruskin student captures an #unforgettable trip to New York for BA advert
Cambridge artist Emma Copley enjoyed her own #unforgettable experience after taking a starring role in a new advert for British Airways.
The airline’s latest social media campaign encourages people to share their own #unforgettable memories, and Emma was commissioned to illustrate one such story; a father and son’s trip to the United States to watch the New York Knicks basketball team.
The Anglia Ruskin University MA in Fine Art student painted a scene showing Robert and his son Connor watching the game at Madison Square Garden – and Emma’s artwork was the central theme of the advert.
From sketches to completion, Emma’s painting took around ten days to complete, and she admits that the project was enormous fun, even if the subject of the painting took her slightly out of her comfort zone.
Emma, who took part in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year competition in 2015, added:
Emma, who was born in Ireland and grew up in the US, has worked as an exhibition organiser, arts administrator, teacher and artist since graduating with a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. In addition to studying for a Masters in Fine Art at Anglia Ruskin, Emma also teaches evening courses at Hills Road Sixth Form College.
Emma has recently been featured by the Saatchi Art Blog and Aesthetica Magazine, and was named as one of Artists and Illustrators Magazine’s “Painters to watch in 2017”. Her next project will be an ambitious wall painting as part of the Sustainability Art Prize, which will go on show in the Ruskin Gallery on 30 March. More information about Emma’s work is available at http://www.emmacopley.com/