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Emma Forrester

Biography

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 fundament 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.
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Education & Exhibitions

Exhibitions
  • 2017 Ongoing exhibition Lion Street Gallery , Hay-on-Wye UK
  • 2017 Ongoing representation No Naked Walls Gallery , Bramley, Guildford UK
  • 2017 Wimbledon Open Studios , London
  • 2017 Fresh Art fair, Cheltenham
  • 2016 Affordable Art Fair , London
Education
  • 1993 Ba Hons Fine Art/English Literature, Liverpool Hope University

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Elderberries and Watermelon, 2017 (acrylic and silver leaf on board)
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AJE3552178 - Elderberries and Watermelon, 2017 (acrylic and silver leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic and silver leaf on board
Date: 2017 AD (C21st AD)
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Geishas with Cranes, 2016 (acrylic, copper and silver Leaf on Board)
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Geishas with Cranes, 2016 (acrylic, copper and silver Leaf on Board)
AJE3505922 - Geishas with Cranes, 2016 (acrylic, copper and silver Leaf on Board)
Medium: acrylic, copper and silver Leaf on Board
Date: 2016 AD (C21st AD)
Photo credit: Bridgeman Images
Oriental Lilies, 2016 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
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Oriental Lilies, 2016 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
AJE3505923 - Oriental Lilies, 2016 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic & silver leaf on board
Date: 2016 AD (C21st AD)
Photo credit: Bridgeman Images
Grey Dovetails and Iznik Vases, 2017 (acrylic on board)
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Grey Dovetails and Iznik Vases, 2017 (acrylic on board)
AJE3505928 - Grey Dovetails and Iznik Vases, 2017 (acrylic on board)
Medium: acrylic on board
Date: 2017 AD (C21st AD)
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Red Chilli Hidden Bird, 2015 (acrylic, gold & silver leaf on board)
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Red Chilli Hidden Bird, 2015 (acrylic, gold & silver leaf on board)
AJE3501967 - Red Chilli Hidden Bird, 2015 (acrylic, gold & silver leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic, gold & silver leaf on board
Date: 2015 AD (C21st AD)
Photo credit: Bridgeman Images
Blue Orchids, 2016 (acrylic & copper leaf on board)
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Blue Orchids, 2016 (acrylic & copper leaf on board)
AJE3505924 - Blue Orchids, 2016 (acrylic & copper leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic & copper leaf on board
Date: 2016 AD (C21st AD)
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Twirling Parasols, 2016 (acrylic and silver leaf on board)
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Twirling Parasols, 2016 (acrylic and silver leaf on board)
AJE3505926 - Twirling Parasols, 2016 (acrylic and silver leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic and silver leaf on board
Date: 2016 AD (C21st AD)
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Little Red Fish, 2016 (acrylic and gold leaf on board)
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Little Red Fish, 2016 (acrylic and gold leaf on board)
AJE3505927 - Little Red Fish, 2016 (acrylic and gold leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic and gold leaf on board
Date: 2016 AD (C21st AD)
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Teapot and Seedheads, 2017 (acrylic on board)
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Teapot and Seedheads, 2017 (acrylic on board)
AJE3505930 - Teapot and Seedheads, 2017 (acrylic on board)
Medium: acrylic on board
Date: 2017 AD (C21st AD)
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They Are Your Cats Now, 2017 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
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They Are Your Cats Now, 2017 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
AJE3501969 - They Are Your Cats Now, 2017 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic & silver leaf on board
Date: 2017 AD (C21st AD)
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Lemon Fresh, 2017 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
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Lemon Fresh, 2017 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
AJE3552177 - Lemon Fresh, 2017 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic & silver leaf on board
Date: 2017 AD (C21st AD)
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The Ladies Are For Wandering, 2017 (acrylic on board)
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The Ladies Are For Wandering, 2017 (acrylic on board)
AJE3501971 - The Ladies Are For Wandering, 2017 (acrylic on board)
Medium: acrylic on board
Date: 2017 AD (C21st AD)
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Chinoiserie Dreams on a Magenta Theme, 2014 (acrylic on board)
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Chinoiserie Dreams on a Magenta Theme, 2014 (acrylic on board)
AJE3501972 - Chinoiserie Dreams on a Magenta Theme, 2014 (acrylic on board)
Medium: acrylic on board
Date: 2014 AD (C21st AD)
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A Flight of Swallows, 2016 (acrylic, gold and silver leaf on board)
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A Flight of Swallows, 2016 (acrylic, gold and silver leaf on board)
AJE3505925 - A Flight of Swallows, 2016 (acrylic, gold and silver leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic, gold and silver leaf on board
Date: 2016 AD (C21st AD)
Photo credit: Bridgeman Images
Magenta Lotus Flowers, 2016 (acrylic & copper leaf on board)
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Magenta Lotus Flowers, 2016 (acrylic & copper leaf on board)
AJE3505929 - Magenta Lotus Flowers, 2016 (acrylic & copper leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic & copper leaf on board
Date: 2016 AD (C21st AD)
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Moonflask Magnolias, 2017 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
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Moonflask Magnolias, 2017 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
AJE3505931 - Moonflask Magnolias, 2017 (acrylic & silver leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic & silver leaf on board
Date: 2017 AD (C21st AD)
Photo credit: Bridgeman Images
Still Life With Golden Fans, 2017 (acrylic & gold leaf on board)
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Still Life With Golden Fans, 2017 (acrylic & gold leaf on board)
AJE3501968 - Still Life With Golden Fans, 2017 (acrylic & gold leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic & gold leaf on board
Date: 2017 AD (C21st AD)
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Still Life with Ginger Jar, 2017 (acrylic & copper leaf on board)
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Still Life with Ginger Jar, 2017 (acrylic & copper leaf on board)
AJE3501970 - Still Life with Ginger Jar, 2017 (acrylic & copper leaf on board)
Medium: acrylic & copper leaf on board
Date: 2017 AD (C21st AD)
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