Emilie Rhys: New Orleans Artist

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.

the artist

          A 3rd generation artist whose art career spans over 45 years, Emilie Rhys has since October 24, 2011 been prolifically producing original artworks of musicians during live performances around New Orleans. Pencil & ink on paper (using fountain pens) is her preferred live action medium, but she is also a lifelong painter in oils, a portraitist whose insistence on direct live observation of her models in the studio is among the factors that contribute to distinguishing her work among her contemporaries. These are on view at Scene By Rhys Fine Art at 1036 Royal Street (between St. Philip and Ursuline Streets).

The New Orleans Jazz Museum exhibited a selection of her oils from January 30, 2020 to November 7, 2021 in the 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. 

In the ten years that Ms. Rhys has been in New Orleans, she has established herself as an artist with a unique devotion to the world of music in this magical city. During this time, she has also created drawings and paintings of other themes, such as French Quarter rooftops, floral still-lifes and portraits of non-musicians.

Visit the “SHOP” now to find something for your own walls, or to give as a gift!

Visit “ABOUT THE ARTIST” to learn about her family in art and her own pathdespite all oddsto become a successful person and creative force.

Visit “ON THE SCENE” for views of Rhys working in public and to learn about the challenges she faces.

View her “CV” to peruse a list of her artistic activities and news media coverage.

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NEW PAGES COMING SOON:  “PROCESS” will explore her methods and unique approach to art making and “PAST WORKS” will provide a glimpse into the artworks of her past and how they lead into her current work. Look for these to arrive on the site early in the new year.

news & events

“New Orleans Music Observed” Video by Lars Hoel

“New Orleans Music Observed” Video by Lars Hoel

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...


historic location

Located at 1036 Royal Street—between St. Philip and Ursuline Streets in the historic French Quarter—Scene By Rhys Fine Art resides in the ground-floor storefront of a beautiful salmon pink townhouse with graceful cast iron galleries above it. Pay us a visit in person and spend a moment gazing upon the latest artworks to emerge from the studio of  this exciting artist: Emilie Rhys.

Open Thursday-Saturday, 11:00am–4:30pm, or by appointment.  

1036 Royal St

"New Orleans Music Observed," published in 2021 by Emilie Rhys

New Orleans Music Observed
Available at bookstores and gift shops in New Orleans and elsewhere in southern Louisiana, all of whom would be happy to ship to the destination of your choice.


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