Emma Simmons - Illustrating the Inner West of Sydney

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Emma Simmons is an Australian artist who enjoys drawing landscapes and suburban scenes. In 2008 she began illustrating the urban landscape of Balmain, attracted to the crumbly charm or 'character' of its local buildings.

Her collection of work has expanded over the years to encompass the iconic buildings and street scenes of the Inner West of Sydney. Documenting such buildings as the former Majestic Rollerink in Petersham, Marie-Louise salon on Enmore Road Enmore and the Valhalla Cinema in Glebe.

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For an exhibition she put together recently for Sweets Workshop in Summer Hill, entitled ‘Best Inner West’, she described her fascination for the buildings of the Inner West:

‘To be honest I'm interested in the signs of age that visually show a buildings history, whether it be the architectural style or the deteriorating condition. The way that we use these buildings is constantly changing along with the needs of the community and the population and often they are gutted and re-purposed, the suburban landscape is always shifting.’

Emma Simmons’ illustrations can be obtained from the Sweets Workshop website. Click here to see her work. Or visit the gallery at 4/58-60 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill NSW 2130.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Image 1: The former Majestic Rollerink in Petersham, Giclee Print (using archival inks on fine art photo rag paper) of a digital collage, created from water colour, fabric and pencil. (Imaged sourced from Sweets Workshop website).
  • Image 2: The Marie-Louise Salon on Enmore Road Enmore, Giclee Print (using archival inks on fine art photo rag paper) of a digital collage, created from water colour, fabric and pencil. (Image Sourced from Sweets Workshop website).