Acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches
Emily Pfaff lives and works in Forest Park, Il. She received her BFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. She has worked professionally in numerous areas of the arts and has worked extensively on collaborative commissions for film and television. Her work has been seen on platforms like Netflix, Tru TV, and Funny or Die. In 2022 she created a featured piece for Paul Schrader’s film “Master Gardener”. Her paintings hang in private collections across the country, in addition to public and corporate spaces, including a resident commission at the Chicago Board of Exchange. Most recently her work was featured at Rhett Baruch Gallery in Los Angeles.
“I was raised as a mid-west catholic. Mass was long and slow and uninspiring to me. Instead, I worshiped the sunlight coming through the stained-glass windows. The illumination of light through the colored glass was my first encounter with the sublime.
Everything became a stained-glass window to me. I really related that to light passing through skin, and light passing through leaves.
I kind of started making a connection between the natural world and the divinity that the catholic church stained-glass windows project. It’s all around us…The idea of heaven is all around us all the time and we can experience it in small moments in our real life if we take the time to notice.” -- Emily Pfaff
2006 Savannah College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Art, Savannah, GA
2022 Twinkle, Twinkle, Rhett Baruch Gallery, Los Angeles CA
Perfect Imperfections, Women United Art Movement, Virtual (curated by Erika b Hess)
Build the Future, Throop Studio, Chicago, IL
2021 Purposed For This Moment, Virtual, Chicago, IL
2020 Stories Around the Sun: 365 + 1, Revel Motor Row, Packard Ballroom, Chicago, IL
2022 Commission for film "Master Gardener" directed by Paul Schrader, New Orleans, LA
Collaboration for CDC commercial spot, painting rental (6 pieces), Chicago, IL
2021 Collaboration for "The Card Counter" directed by Paul Schrader, digital prints, Los Angeles, CA
Collaboration for Disney Wellness, commercial spot, digital prints, Los Angeles CA
2019 Commission for Frosted Flakes, commercial spot, Chicago, IL
Commission for Glucerna, commercial spot, Chicago, IL
Commission for Merrick Dog Food commercial spot (2 pieces) Chicago, IL
2018 Collaboration with Kevin Barry Art Advisory, Installation design/finish for hotel, Phoenix, AZ
2017 Commissions for "Adam Ruins Everything', Season 3, Ep 16,"Adam Ruins the Future*
Commission for "Adam Ruins Everything", Season 2, Ep 5, "Adam Ruins Art"
2016 Commissions for "Adam Ruins Everything', Season 1, Ep 15, "Adam Ruins Weddings"
2015 Commission for "Bad Night" directed by Chris Riedell and Nick Riedell, "Boy Peeing on Flowers"
2014 Commission for "Every Morning" by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) featuring Fred Armisen (music video)
2009-14 Production and Design for Artisan House (C. Jere), Los Angeles, CA
2009 Commission, CAV for Board Of Trade Building, "Open Outcry", Chicago, IL
2022 Joey King (Actress/Producer) and Steven Piet (Director/Producer) Sherman Oaks, CA
Lydia Whitlock (Writer), Los Angeles, CA
Eleanor Donnelly, Moultrie GA
Dr. Arvydas Vanagunas, Chicago,IL Brent Kiser, Los Angeles, CA
“I love moving paint around surfaces”