Forrester, Emma

Bio

Emma Forrester graduated in 1993 with a degree in Fine Art from Liverpool University. She formerly 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 tea- cups. 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.

Exhibitions

  • 2017 Fresh Art fair, Cheltenham
  • 2017 Ongoing exhibition Lion Street Gallery , Hay-on-Wye UK
  • 2017 Ongoing representation No Naked Walls Gallery , Bramley, Guildford UK
  • 2016 Affordable Art Fair , London
  • 2017 Wimbledon Open Studios , London

Education

  • 1993 Ba Hons Fine Art/English Literature, Liverpool Hope University

Links

Red Chilli Hidden Bird, 2015, Acrylic, Gold & Silver Leaf on Board
Red Chilli Hidden Bird, 2015, Acrylic, Gold & Silver Leaf on Board

AJE3501967: Red Chilli Hidden Bird, 2015, Acrylic, Gold & Silver Leaf on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Still Life With Golden Fans, 2017, Acrylic & Gold leaf on board
Still Life With Golden Fans, 2017, Acrylic & Gold leaf on board

AJE3501968: Still Life With Golden Fans, 2017, Acrylic & Gold leaf on board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

They Are Your Cats Now, 2017, Acrylic and Silver Leaf on Board
They Are Your Cats Now, 2017, Acrylic and Silver Leaf on Board

AJE3501969: They Are Your Cats Now, 2017, Acrylic and Silver Leaf on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Still Life with Ginger Jar, 2017, Acrylic & Copper Leaf on Board
Still Life with Ginger Jar, 2017, Acrylic & Copper Leaf on Board

AJE3501970: Still Life with Ginger Jar, 2017, Acrylic & Copper Leaf on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

The Ladies Are For Wandering, 2017, Acrylic on Board
The Ladies Are For Wandering, 2017, Acrylic on Board

AJE3501971: The Ladies Are For Wandering, 2017, Acrylic on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Chinoiserie Dreams on a Magenta Theme, 2014, Acrylic on Board
Chinoiserie Dreams on a Magenta Theme, 2014, Acrylic on Board

AJE3501972: Chinoiserie Dreams on a Magenta Theme, 2014, Acrylic on Board , Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Geishas with Cranes, 2016, Acrylic, Copper & Silver Leaf on Board
Geishas with Cranes, 2016, Acrylic, Copper & Silver Leaf on Board

AJE3505922: Geishas with Cranes, 2016, Acrylic, Copper & Silver Leaf on Board , Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Oriental Lilies, 2016, Acrylic & Silver Leaf on Board
Oriental Lilies, 2016, Acrylic & Silver Leaf on Board

AJE3505923: Oriental Lilies, 2016, Acrylic & Silver Leaf on Board , Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Blue Orchids, 2016, Acrylic & Copper Leaf on Board
Blue Orchids, 2016, Acrylic & Copper Leaf on Board

AJE3505924: Blue Orchids, 2016, Acrylic & Copper Leaf on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

A Flight of Swallows, 2016, Acrylic, gold & silver leaf on board
A Flight of Swallows, 2016, Acrylic, gold & silver leaf on board

AJE3505925: A Flight of Swallows, 2016, Acrylic, gold & silver leaf on board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Twirling Parasols, 2016, Acrylic & Siver Leaf on Board
Twirling Parasols, 2016, Acrylic & Siver Leaf on Board

AJE3505926: Twirling Parasols, 2016, Acrylic & Siver Leaf on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Little Red Fish, 2016, Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Board
Little Red Fish, 2016, Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Board

AJE3505927: Little Red Fish, 2016, Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Board , Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Grey Dovetails and Iznik Vases, 2016, Acrylic on Board
Grey Dovetails and Iznik Vases, 2016, Acrylic on Board

AJE3505928: Grey Dovetails and Iznik Vases, 2016, Acrylic on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Magenta Lotus Flowers, 2016, Acrylic & Copper Leaf on Board
Magenta Lotus Flowers, 2016, Acrylic & Copper Leaf on Board

AJE3505929: Magenta Lotus Flowers, 2016, Acrylic & Copper Leaf on Board , Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Teapot and Seedheads, 2017, Acrylic on Board
Teapot and Seedheads, 2017, Acrylic on Board

AJE3505930: Teapot and Seedheads, 2017, Acrylic on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Moonflask Magnolias, 2017, Acrylic & Silver Leaf on Board
Moonflask Magnolias, 2017, Acrylic & Silver Leaf on Board

AJE3505931: Moonflask Magnolias, 2017, Acrylic & Silver Leaf on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Lemon Fresh 2017 Gold, Silver, Acrylic on Board
Lemon Fresh 2017 Gold, Silver, Acrylic on Board

AJE3552177: Lemon Fresh 2017 Gold, Silver, Acrylic on Board , Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Elderberries and Watermelon 2017 Acrylic and Silver Leaf on Board
Elderberries and Watermelon 2017 Acrylic and Silver Leaf on Board

AJE3552178: Elderberries and Watermelon 2017 Acrylic and Silver Leaf on Board, Forrester, Emma / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

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