Emma Coyle


Emma Coyle’s Paintings bridge fashion and popular culture and elevate both to the high aesthetic surface of Paint.

I have always produced strong imagery working from a Fine Art background. I am constantly collecting images from publications, whether I am working on an on-going series of paintings or not. I carefully select and group images together to start working on a series of drawings. I work with groups of drawings for months at a time to manipulate the image, and then continue through to painting.

Mixing colours of paint is very important to the progress of each art work. I mix my paints in tubes that I have used for many years which contain left over paint from one art work to the next. As I work on each image I minimise details and line. I am very interested in minimalism, abstraction, strength from line work and composition. Although my paintings are more commonly compared to Pop Art because of my use of a black ‘comic book’ line, it is in fact a style inspired by the drawings of Picasso and Matisse, whose use of strong line work was extremely expressionistic. My use of strong colours does however comes from my love of New York Pop artist from the 1960’s and coloured glass.

From my experiences living in Dublin, New York City and now being based in London, it has given me the opportunity to find out what medium’s and themes that I am most passionate about. I have found that using acrylic {which is quick drying} on board and canvas, allows me to work on numerous paintings without breaking my focus. I use large size boards and canvas to embrace the strong colours and line throughout my work.  In my most recent Untitled series I found that the flatness of the board adds to the sharpness of the imagery, a light wash of varnish then covers the painting to further enhance the image, finally the painting is framed. Through my style of painting I mirror the present and reflect on past art movement’s. The thought of portraying the perception of society’s moral has always been an ongoing theme throughout my working progress. My paintings embody the power and strength of imagery.

In the past I have created series’ of paintings dealing with Japanese advertisements of the 1920’s, Silver Screen film still’s and Fashion photography of the 1960’s. Over the last 10 years my work has evolved with the use of contemporary images, and I wish to further progress my work by expanding the size of my paintings even further. My paintings have been compared to many different art genres, from Realist to Pop Art, Fashion Illustration and even Art Deco.

I have currently finished working on a new series of paintings titled ‘Untitled’, using themes such as fashion and seduction. In 2016 I see myself developing my work through the variety of images that I am using. My current paintings on large canvas deal with present day imagery from fashion photography to advertisements, matched with images of cats. I find that there is a very strong connection between women and felines, this series is very much a combined imagery series.

This year I am also returning to abstract work in painting and working in sculpture for the first time. This body of work is based on personal plant photography taken from over the past 7 years. The series of the combined piece painting/sculpture work is called ‘Linear Abstraction’; meaning the idea of taking a section of an abstract painting which originated from a 3D image, and further working the section back into a 3D abstract art form. The idea of ‘Linear’ meaning to take the next step in abstract art, to progress the theory of abstraction.

I have an interest in contemporary artists such as Mel Ramos, Miles Aldrige, Tim Walker, Claes Oldenburg, Dale Chihuly, Julian Opie and the late Robert Rauschenberg. Visiting exhibitions in galleries and museums which deal with contemporary art, fashion design, past art movements and cultural history is very important to the production of my work. I find that it allows me to focus on the importance of working with different themes, and always to push the boundaries of my comfort zone.

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