Emma Forrester

Emma graduated in 1993 with a degree in Fine Art from Liverpool University. Having worked as a scenic artist in the theatre on many West End shows and Royal Opera House productions, she is now concentrating on creating and exhibiting her own paintings.

 

 

The technical skills acquired whilst working in theatre have partially contributed to the expressive style evident in this body of work.

 

 

Her recent works, including many still lives, bear an expressive use of line to portray everyday objects such as vases and teacups. An appreciation of pattern and form has been fundamental in creating these works. Looking at the influence of textiles on the work of Matisse has provided great inspiration.

 

 

She says of her work, “I am drawn to beautiful forms whether they are man- made or natural. My aim is to show my appreciation of the simple beauty of such objects by their sensitive portrayal in my paintings. In my work I'll often draw and paint the forms many times, scratching and scraping through to previous layers to create a broadly descriptive but beautiful image. My aim is not to ‘copy’ the object in paint, but rather to describe and celebrate what I see with mark making skills that have developed into my personal style as an artist.”

 

 

In some of her most recent pieces she tenderly draws and paints pattern over objects, which then spills over into the background thus flattening out the picture plane. This transforms what could be a simply representational still life into a thoughtful and delicate abstract piece of work, exuding balance and harmony.

 

 

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of the pottery industry, she and her family have a life-long appreciation of ceramics. The celebration of this once great British industry is hopefully apparent in this recent body of work.

Education

1990-93 Liverpool University – BA (Hons) Fine Art and English Literature

Exhibitions

2018

May Fresh Art Fair with Carina Haslam Gallery

March, Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London with Carina Haslam Gallery

Winner of the Dry Red Press Award at the Royal Watercolour Society, Contemporary Watercolour Competition, Bankside Gallery, London.

 

2017

Two-person exhibition, Different Perspectives at Store Street Gallery, Bloomsbury, London.

Representation by Bridgeman Studios.

Ongoing representation with:                  The Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye

The Art Agency, Esher

No Naked Walls, Chertsey and Bramley

 

2016

Exhibition with the Moreton Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh

Affordable Art Fair Battersea with Store Street Gallery, Bloomsbury, London

 

Ongoing representation with:                 

Store Street Gallery, Bloomsbury, London

The Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye

The Art Agency, Esher

No Naked Walls, Chertsey & Bramley

 

2015

Summer Show, Gallery Fifty-Five, Hartley Wintney

Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong, with London Contemporary Art

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, with The Art Agency

Solo show, Graham Hunter Gallery, Baker Street, London

Decorative Arts and Antiques Fair, Battersea, London, with Catherine Millar, Hollywood Road Gallery, Chelsea, London

 

Ongoing representation with:                 

Store Street Gallery, Bloomsbury, London

The Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye

No Naked Walls, Chertsey & Bramley

 

2014

Brighton Art Fair

Open studio, Wimbledon Art Studios

Grand Designs Live, ExCeL, London

 

2013

Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London

Group show, Bell Fine Art, Winchester

New York Affordable Art Fair, with Store Street Gallery, Bloomsbury, London

Group show at The Art Agency, Esher

Bristol Affordable Art Fair, with The Marle Gallery, Axminster

Joint show at The Marle Gallery, Axminster

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, with the Stark Gallery, Canterbury

Group show, Foss Fine Art, Aldeburgh

 

2012

Bristol Affordable Art Fair

Open studio, Wimbledon Art Studios

Group show at The Art Agency, Esher

Spring Show, Moreton Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

Glasgow Art Fair