Born in 1989 in Encinitas, CA, USA
Lives and works in Los Angeles


Emma Webster’s landscape paintings teleport viewers into the otherworldly. The places she depicts, convincing and hallucinatory, merge spatial expectations with mystifying fantasy. The paintings come from a hybrid sketching-sculpting process within screen-space. Webster first constructs scenes in virtual reality, which she then embellishes with theatrical illumination, to create natural vistas that relish in artifice, drama, and distortion. Of her VR models, Webster says: “Working from within the still-life is more akin to how we go about the world. There can be no ‘outside.’”

Emma Webster (b. 1989) is a graduate of Stanford University (BA, 2011) and Yale University, where she received an MFA in Painting in 2018. In 2021, Webster published Lonescape: Green, Painting, & Mourning Reality, a collection of musings on landscape and image-making in an increasingly digital world.


MFA in Painting, Yale School of Art

BA in Art Practice, Stanford University

solo shows

The Dolmens, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan

Illuminarium, Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea

Ready the Lanterns!, Stems Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Green Iscariot, Alexander Berggruen, New York, NY
Weltlandschaft, Carl Kostyál, London, United Kingdom

Arcadia, Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles CA

group shows

BodyLand, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Fire Figure Fantasy: Selections from ICA Miami’s Collection, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, FL
Figurative Vocabularies: Recent Acquisition, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
Life in an Ivory Tower curated by Jack Siebert, New York, NY (pop-up)
Natural World, Part II, Alexander Berggruen, New York, NY

Sweet Jane in Fields of Daisies curated by Joan Tucker, Phillips (online)
The Talking Stone, Moskowitz Bayse, Los Angeles, CA
The Ridiculous Sublime, SFA Advisory, New York, NY
Stockholm Sessions, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, Sweden

Show me the Signs (Auction for AAPF's #SayHerName campaign), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Animal Kingdom, Alexander Berggruen, New York, NY (online)
All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: New American Paintings Alumni, Steven Zevitas (online)

Untitled, Booth B27, Diane Rosenstein, Miami, FL
Plastic Garden, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, NY
New American Paintings 2019 Pacific Coast Review, Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA
LA Painting, Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA
Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist, Joshua Liner, New York, NY

Re_Arrange, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, NJ
Spirited Densities, Thomas Erben, New York, NY
Heads / Tails, Next to Nothing, New York ,NY
Way Out Now, Diane Rosenstein, Los Angeles, CA
Calico Sunset, Pt.2 Gallery, Oakland, CA
Wild Seed, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

First Year Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT
Deal With It, Woskob Gallery with Maake Magazine, Penn State, PA
Origins, Spinnerei (Pilotenkueche), Leipzig, Germany

Crank, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
First Person Once Removed, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
She Wolf, Present Works Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
Friends with Karma, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA

Endless Summer, Bergelli Gallery, Larkspur, CA

public collections

Insitute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Columbus Museum of Art
Yuz Museum Shanghai
Xiao Museum, Rizhao, China
Groeninghe Art Collection, Brugges, Belgium


Jericho Fellowship, Venice, Italy 

Anderson Ranch Painting Residency, Snowmass CO

Royal Drawing School at Dumfries House, Scotland

Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson VT

Ox-Bow Artist Residency, Saugatuck MI

Raina Giese Award in Creative Painting

Undergraduate Academic Research Angel Grant for Painting

Academy of Art University Award for Best Figure Drawing