EMMA COPLEY

EMMA COPLEY

MA Fine Art, Anglia Ruskin University
Semi-Finalist on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

Glimpses of the everyday and human connection are on going threads within my work. Each painting is inspired by everyday life: a dark sink full of dishes with the sun coming in the window, or my son and daughter sitting with their backs to me, watching TV. I take pictures of these moments; make notes on colour and sketch. Using the photo as a starting point I create the composition on panel and eliminate areas from the image in order to intensify the emotion. My largest works are 14 metres long and smallest 15 x 22 centimetres. My paintings begin with muted tones, using greys tinted with primary colour, ending with an infusion of bright colour that relates closely to these. I spend a lot of time looking at my palette and mixing groups of colour. Brushstrokes vary between smooth, slow, thoughtful marks and fast, thick layers of paint.

I paint and draw with thick oils on wood; smooth, flat gouache; ink and charcoal on paper. When using oils, I paint quickly with a palette knife spreading globs of paint on a smooth hard surface, wet into wet, carving out forms and building up texture. The integration of theory, practice and research is central to my work as an artist. I have a particular interest in the influence digital technology has on painting and its connection to three-dimensional forms and performance.

I have a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Fine Art from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art where I graduated with a Distinction in 2017. I was one of 25 artists shortlisted in The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2016 and was a semi-finalist in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Award in 2015. I have shown my work internationally in exhibitions and fairs in the UK, the US, and Italy, including

the ING Discerning Eye exhibition, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, and The Other Art Fair London. I have completed work for exhibition, commission, advertising and publication including in 2017-2018; a commission for a British Airways advertisement; a solo exhibition at The Hospital Club in London; an 8 month artist residency at The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge, and most recently selected to have one of my paintings turned into a limited edition print for sale at Habitat’s London shops.