Emma Coleman has been making art for as long as she can remember. A Chelsea Art School graduate Coleman's figurative work aims to create a vision, as apposed to simply a narrative.
Over the years Coleman has developed an intuitive way of working which helps her to translate an idea or image on to the canvas. Rather like a method actor, Coleman's approach to creating a piece of work becomes about feeding the image through observation and experience. Living immersed in the mood of the piece, she seeks out new inspirations, angles and complexities which will help to foster the strength and depth of her characters. Inspired by a wide and often disparate range of subject matter, the paintings frequently begin from one spark of inspiration.
Using drawing and sketching, collage and the written word, Coleman researches each piece, constructing a nucleus and a direction, before she begins. "I might make up some collages before I start, or assemble some objects I like or take out a favourite pair of shoes." She says, adding, "I might look at fashion magazines or have a film on in the background while I'm painting or drawing, or go out and people watch for a while for inspiration. I find that words can be just as inspiring as pictures when I'm searching for creative inspiration."
Particularly inspired by fashion and fashion designers - she tried her hand in the fashion department at Chelsea Art School before returning to the folds of the painting department 2 weeks later - she draws on a range of media, such as film, music and literature. Painterly films such as The Piano, Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle of films, Blade Runner and Cabaret, all play an important role in motivating and stimulating her work, as does the music of Ute Lemper, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra which she often has on in the background while she is painting.
From a shoe to a magazine article, a theory to a thought, Emma Coleman's approach to painting, intuitively structured and thoroughly researched, enables her to visualise the image or mood in her minds eye.
Having participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including The Art of Love in 2005 and 2007, Emma Coleman's work is held in various public and private collections across Britain, Los Angeles and New York. Born in 1967 she currently lives and works in London.
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