Artist Biography - Emma Forrester

Emma Forrester graduated in 1993 with a degree in Fine Art from Liverpool University. Until recently she 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.

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

The artists technical skills, gained whilst working in theatre, have partially influenced the expressive style evident in her body of work. Her latest collection of still-lifes bear an expressive use of line to portray everyday objects. A fundamental element of the artists practice is an appreciation of pattern and form, as well as inspiration from the influence of textiles in the work of Matisse.

Emma states “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 creating her artworks she uses ”layers of carefully built up texture, juxtaposed with delicate washes of colour”, to provide depth and a variety of tones.

In her most recent artwork, she gently draws and paints pattern over objects, which then flow out into the background, therefore flattening her picture plane. This changes what could be a simple figurative still life, into a contemplative and considerate abstract piece, which suggests balance and harmony.
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