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What excites me about making a painting is trying to capture the essence of a place, a feeling, a thing. (Emma Dunbar)
We are delighted to welcome back Emma Dunbar's vibrant and dynamic paintings for a much anticipated solo show. While Emma's show will feature all seasons, for the first time, Emma has prepared a substantial new body of work, exploring colour in the snow, making this show a special treat to our collectors and art lovers.
The exhibition also explores the joyful richness of the everyday. Emma gathers ingredients from her home, travels, the landscape, combining pattern and familiarity to create colourful and recognisable paintings. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art while her training as a printmaker is evident both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the way she scratches through surfaces to reveal pre-laid colours underneath.
At the same time in the gallery, we feature the decorative ceramics by Ken Eardley. Ken's colour and patterns focus on brightening up any kitchen and interior, bringing vibrancy into the everyday. They enter into a dialogue with Emma's work.
Acrylic on Board
46 x 46 cms
Emma's paintings have been painted in Hampshire and Cornwall. She gathers ingredients from the landscape to create colourful and recognisable paintings. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art.
Emma works mainly on board in acrylic, occasionally incorporating collage with gold and silver leaf. Her training as a printmaker is evident both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the way she scratches through surfaces to reveal pre-laid colours underneath. Her influences come from travelling in India, Cornish holidays, cats and children wandering onto wet paint, beautiful fruits in the greengrocer and her growing collection of cups, mugs and jugs. Emma promises a display of berries, fresh snowdrops and spring flowers.
Emma says: 'what excites me about making a painting is trying to capture the essence of a place, a feeling, a thing.' Graphic accuracy is not something pursued. The viewer is offered an edited version of the colours with flattened fruit, red and orange boats might be relocated next to each other to form stripes on a beach while bold bunches of flowers appear on what we know is a table or windowsill in the foreground. Emma describes her pictures as though they were a stage set: a jug of favourite anemones taking centre stage while other elements are set back in their plane like painted flats creating distant views.
Emma lives in Kingsley Common, Hampshire.
1984 BA (Hons) Fine Art Printmaking, West Surrey College of Art & Design