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Emily Cate Sabree (b.1981) was born and raised in Jackson, MS. Upon moving to Manhattan in 2017, Emily began studying at the Art Students League while raising her family. Influenced by her study of art history, the constant inundation of pop culture and social media imagery, and an affinity for one-panel cartoons, Emily explores both traditional and offbeat topics. In her mixed media work, Emily layers academic-style drawing and painting with spray painted stenciling of meme-like words and phrases. As part of Emily’s commitment to a daily drawing practice, she also creates expressive portraits in graphite, charcoal, and conte for commission clients. When Emily is not painting at the Art Students League, she can be found in her studio on the Upper West Side. 


2022 Mythos Group exhibition, Curated by Clintel Steed, ASLNYC Exhibition Outreach x ChaShaMa, New York, NY

2022 ETERNITY Group exhibition, The Holy Art Gallery, London, UK
2022 Best in Show Group exhibition, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
2022 Group exhibition, Rockland Arts Festival, Rockland, NY
2021 Group exhibition, Spring Collection, The Christenberry Collection, Columbia, SC

2019 Solo exhibition, Artist of the Month, Corks on Columbus, New York, NY

2018 Group Exhibition, International Women’s Day Event, West Elm, New York, NY

2018 Group exhibition, The Student Concours, Art Students League of New York, NY

2018 Solo exhibition, Artist of the Month, Corks on Columbus, New York, NY
2017 Group exhibition, Single Fare 4, Highline Stages, New York, NY

Artist Statement

I create mixed media paintings and drawings that make light of serious themes. I am influenced by one-panel cartoons and comedy. My work includes layers of stenciled spray paint, graphite drawing, and acrylic paint. This combination of materials results in pieces with both flat and fully modeled sections.

The addition of hand cut stenciling to my drawing and painting emerged from my knowledge of print-making and sewing. I grew up watching my dad make linoleum block prints while my mom sewed clothes and quilts. Carefully cutting out stencils is reminiscent of cutting out patterns with my mom. Applying the spray paint to partially masked sections of paper is similar to helping my dad pull prints.

Whether I am drawing, painting, or stenciling, my work comes from a place of cautious optimism. I hope to convey a sense of fun and playfulness.