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Emilie Fantuz is an American-Canadian artist known for her large-scale paintings depicting reflections and nocturnal urban landscapes.  Her palette knife paintings combine technical elements of hyperrealism with an abstracted stylization that is distinctly her own.  Through reflected imagery and complex compositions, Fantuz investigates the perception of colour and light inspired by the beauty of everyday scenes. Her work has appeared in exhibitions in Canada, the USA and UK and is part of both private and public collections.

Emilie Fantuz’s cityscapes combine thick, bold application with a striking sense of optimism. She builds undulating forms from bright, high contrast palettes to create new perspectives on familiar streets and buildings.

Our urban environments are built from dense materials of concrete, asphalt and steel. Fantuz rebuilds them on each of her canvases using palette knives to create layers of heavily applied impasto. She emphasizes nocturnal scenes where the bright, reflective, and colourful lights at street level stand out against the natural night sky. The figures in these scenes deepen the juxtaposition between the natural and the constructed. Their bodies, postures, and positioning in the composition tell of intimate moments of warmth within known surroundings. Fantuz softens the angles and forms of the streets and buildings, while emphasizing strong hues and tonal dynamics, drawing the viewer into a cityscape that resonates with the inner experience of her paintings’ figures. Accustomed to familiarizing herself with urban locales that can at first seem alienating, Fantuz defamiliarizes these noir, evening spaces in order to reveal their true nurturing potential. 


Fantuz illuminates the essential character of buildings and locations in historical and contemporary urban settings. She also reflects the figures’ uniqueness within a dense population, observing their connection and the stories that are all around us. These are bathed in light bouncing from the sheened street surface as much as from the buildings’ windows.


Fantuz’ pieces share attention to the beauty of everyday moments suspended in time. Her meditations on taking pause - both in life and in front of her canvases - are an invitation to the viewer to do the same.

Where Lights Meet (Two-Person Exhibition), Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Summer Group Exhibition, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
artsPacific, Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Center, Langley
Two Concepts of Realization, Newton Cultural Center, Surrey, BC
Arts 2018, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
Artist Talk: Palette Knife Adventures, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC 
Magnitude of Color, Beaudry Gallery, Dallas, TX 
Diversiform, Beaudry Gallery, Dallas, TX
In a New Light, Hatch Gallery, Hamtramck, MI
Seven, River's Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
A l'Heure de Paris (First Place Award), Detroit, MI
Haute Domain: Detroit Art & Design, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI
Blooms, Bugs, Beasts, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
Future Interrupted, Beaudry Gallery, Dallas, TX
Hatchback 11, Hatch Gallery, Hamtramck, MI
HOME, Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead, MOCAD, Detroit, MI
Holiday Show, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI
Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Fall Exhibit, The Loft Fine Art, Mount Clemens, MI
Detroit Biennale, Museum of New Art, Armada, MI
2016 Fine Art Competition, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, MI
Michigan Fine Arts Competition, BBAC, Birmingham, MI
Pop Up Art: Special Edition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI
Pathways and Places, solo-exhibition at Beverly Shores Gallery, Beverly Shores, IN
Art for Charlie, Michigan State College of Law, East Lansing, MI
The Next Big Thing, Museum of New Art, Troy, MI
A Rose is a Rose... Except When It's Not, River's Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
Let's Pretend, River's Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
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 2015 - 2017, Howell, MI
Art Explored 2016 & 2017, Royal Oak, MI
Detroit Little Libraries - Detroit, MI
Pop Up Art: Special Edition, Lansing, MI
Romulus Public Library, Romulus, MI
Novi Public Library, Novi, MI
City Hall Public Art Installation, Michigan City, IN
Royal Oak 11 Mile East Public Art Project, Royal Oak, MI
American Realism by Emilie Fantuz, Magzoid International Art Magazine
This Palette Painter's Vancouver Works Will Leave You Speechless, Vancouver is Awesome
Artists Shares Optimissm for Pandemic Painters, CityNews Vancouver

Emilie’s story... Real People Real Stories - Creating Connection during Social Distancing, The Compassion Project
Beautiful Paintings of the Natural & Urban Landscapes with Palette Knives, Trendy Art Ideas
Emilie Fantuz: The Artist's Voice Podcast 
Where are they now? Detroit Performs, Detroit Public Television
Detroit Performs, Detroit Public Television 
Interview: Emilie Fantuz, Romulus Community Television
Selected Collections
Bucci Developments
Henry Ford Hospital
Bank of Ann Arbor
Burris Law Firm
US Renal Care
Iron Fish Distillery
Todd Interests
Private Collections in Canada, United States, France, Chinga, Caymen Islands, and the Netherlands
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