Emma Dunbar

Ellen Watson
15th October 2015
Eric Ward
15th October 2015

Emma Dunbar

Born in England in 1961, Emma graduated in 1984 with a BA (hons) in Fine Art Printmaking from West Surrey College of Art and Design.

Since then she has worked full time as an artist and exhibited throughout the UK . Her paintings have been internationally reproduced as greetings cards, posters, limited edition etchings and even fabric designs.

What excites Emma about making pictures is trying to capture the essence of a place, a feeling, a thing. She is attracted to vivid colours and the decorative qualities in everyday objects, enjoying rearranging ingredients for a stronger effect. Birds, shells, flowers and fish might be placed against true landmarks as focal points. Her pictures are therefore more atmospheric than literal – glimpses of journeys, patterns from familiar settings and objects collected along the way – converging to create an image that communicates the richness of the original source of inspiration.

Emma’s training as a printmaker is evident both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the way she scratches through surfaces to reveal pre-laid colours underneath.

Her influences come from traveling in India, Cornish holidays and the chaos of cats and children wandering onto wet paint. I have also drawn inspiration from the work of favourite artists, including Mary Fedden, Milton Avery and Daphne McClure.