Short story...

Welcome to rookart, a little brand dedicated to a medium called scraperboard. I am an artist, illustrator and graphic designer and I'm a teensy bit crazy about scraper board (white board with a black coating which I scratch away), I'm also mad for insects, birds, reptiles and pretty much anything with fur, scales and wings. Take a look around and send me an email if you have any questions. Enjoy! emma@rookart.com.au

Long story...

When I was 5 years old I announced to my mum that I was going to be a graphic designer. I don't remember much more about that conversation and I'm not really sure that I knew what a graphic designer was back then - but, I was true to my word and went off to study graphic design. It was during this period that I was introduced to Scraperboard, an age old art form on the verge of being lost to the digital world.

Scraperboard has an amazing history, used in printing and advertising for decades due to it's clean, crisp lines and ability to reproduce beautifully, it was the medium of choice for many illustrators. The detail that can be achieved meant that scraper board was perfect for scientific and medical illustrations from the early 1800's. Thankfully this stunning medium has found a new life and seems like it will be sticking around.

Update..

Now based on the beautiful Island of Oahu, Hawaii, I am surrounded by the ultimate inspiration to keep me busy and my store full of surprises.

exhibitions​​​​

 

  • 2019 Solo Exhibition - 'Topia', Ekto Living, Prospect

  • 2017 Solo Exhibition - 'Native', InterContinental Adelaide

  • 2016 Solo Exhibition - 'Out of the Woods', Red Cacao Chocolatier, Stirling

  • 2015 Solo Exhibition - 'Untamed', Lightbulb Cafe, Goodwood

  • 2015  Solo Exhibition - 'Endangered', Santos Conservation Centre, Adelaide

  • 2013  Solo Exhibition - 'Serengeti', The Artworks, Fyshwick, ACT

  • 2013  Showing at Melbourne Art Show - Carlton Gardens

  • 2012  Showing at Sydney Art Expo - Moore Park

  • 2012  Group Exhibition - Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy VIC

  • 2011  Group Exhibition - Bungendore Fine Art, Bungendore NSW

  • 2004  Group Exhibition - Craneford Art Space, Truro SA

  • 2003 Solo Exhibition - 'From Air and Earth', Red Dot Gallery, McLaren Vale SA

  • 2000 Group Exhibition - 'Spring', Tomlinson Art Gallery, Brighton SA

  • 1999 Solo Exhibition - 'Utopia', State Library of South Australia

  • 1998 Joint Exhibition with Pip Comport- 'Hidden Things', Lombard Art Gallery, Magill SA

 

art competitions

 

  • 2012 Art Takes Miami -US

  • Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award - Finalist 2011

  • Victor Harbour Rotary Art Exhibition, SA

  • Campbelltown Art Show, SA

  • Glenelg Rotary Art Exhibition, SA

  • Stanthorpe Arts Festival, QLD

  • Brighton Art Exhibition, SA

  • Payneham Art Exhibition, SA