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Welcome to the online home of Scene By Rhys Fine Art, presenting the art of Emilie Rhys. Her oil paintings of music-themed subjects and pencil & ink drawings created during live performances in New Orleans’ clubs and festivals capture the music scene so vividly that you can see music in the artwork.
Here too are Rhys’s non-music themed art: French Quarter rooftop views, street scenes, cemetery views, explorations of old-master paintings, still-lifes, and portraits of family and friends.
A third generation artist whose art career spans 45 years, Emilie Rhys has for the last 10 years focused on developing iconic signature artworks of musicians during live performances in New Orleans. Pencil & ink on paper (using mechanical pencils and fountain pens) is her preferred live action medium. She is also a lifelong painter in oils, a portraitist whose preference for direct live observation of her models in the studio is among the factors that distinguish her work among her contemporaries. Selections of drawings and paintings are available for purchase on this website in “Purchase,” and in person at Scene By Rhys Fine Art, her 1036 Royal Street storefront (between St. Philip and Ursuline Streets in the French Quarter).
The New Orleans Jazz Museum exhibited a selection of her oils from January 30, 2020 to November 7, 2021 in their show “New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys.” The exhibit and more can be seen in the new book of the same name Ms. Rhys published in July 2021.
news & events
OffBeat Magazine, December 2021 Issue. Journalist and author John Wirt recently spent some time in conversation with Emilie Rhys, delving into her life and work and that of her late father Noel Rockmore, and about her new book “New Orleans Music Observed.”
Listen as Emilie Rhys and John Ed Bradley discuss the creation of her new book with Susan Larson, the host of the WWNO 89.9 radio program “The Listening Room” on October 29, 2021.
Featuring material gleaned from interviews by journalist and NPR host Gwen Thompkins, and artwork by Emilie Rhys and Noel Rockmore, producer Lars Hoel provides a peek at the new book “New Orleans Music Observed: The Art of Noel Rockmore and Emilie Rhys,” commemorating the recent exhibit of the same name at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.