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. For my figurative work I am constantly collecting images from print magazines, 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 tubs 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 firstly captured my attention. My use of strong colours does however comes from my love of New York Pop artist’s from the 1950’s and from my interest in coloured glass.

From my experiences from living in Dublin, a brief stay in New York City and now being based in London, it has given me the opportunity to find out what mediums 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 achieve the right colour pallet. I use large size boards and canvas to embrace the strong colours and line throughout my work. In one of my most recent series ‘Untitled’ I found that the flatness of the board added to the sharpness of the imagery, a light wash of varnish then covered the painting to further enhance the image, finally the paintings were 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.
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 in particular 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 further. My paintings have been compared to many different art genres, from Realist to Pop Art, Fashion Illustration and even Art Deco.

In 2016 I started working in 3 dimensional paintings for the first time. ‘Linear Abstraction’ are the first combined abstract pieces exploring abstraction within painting. Each piece is a combined artwork consisting of an acrylic painting on board and a plaster form also painted in acrylic. The paintings images were taken from personal photography of garden flowers circa 2002. Each photograph is minimally drawn, taking away the 3 dimensional aspect of photography and blown up to size on the board. A section of this painting is then taken and worked into a 3 dimensional hollow case plaster form. Both pieces are then painted in the same colours making the artwork as one whole piece, changing the viewers’ attention to the space in which they stand not just focusing on the walls of their environment.
The work questions the ideas of what can be considered a painting? How abstract painting is evolving within the art world? And not only how have art genre’s developed in history but how artists can still work on progressing the initial ideas within different art practices to create something of their own.
In 2017 I am continuing my work in abstraction and developing my work through the variety of images that I am using. My new figurative painting series on large canvas entitled 12.16 deals with present day imagery from fashion photography to advertisements.

I have an interest in contemporary artists such as Mel Ramos, Miles Aldrige, Claes Oldenburg, Dale Chihuly, Julian Opie, Michael Heizer and Neo Rauch. 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.

Coyle has been working within art for nearly 20 years and been based in London since 2006. She has exhibited in numerous galleries and art fairs throughout the city, including a solo show in Mayfair and exhibiting in the prestigious Mall Galleries.

Her work has appeared in The Times Sunday STYLE supplement, and on the cover of Level 25 art journal in Arizona America and Kapa magazine – the Sunday magazine of Greece’s most prestigious newspaper, Kathimerini. Coyle’ work was selected by Los Angeles curator Bridget Carron for her collection Power Pop on Saatchi’ online gallery in 2014.
Coyle’ work has also featured in the Mayfair Times February 2015 and in the August 2015 edition of Avari art magazine in Washington America. More recently the ‘Linear Abstraction’, ‘The Existence’ and the ‘Untitled’ series have featured in the German based contemporary art magazine Visions Libres {March 2016} and on the cover of London’s Litro magazine {April 2016}.

Earlier in her career in Ireland Coyle exhibited in the Tramyard Gallery, the Oisin Gallery, exhibited for the Irish National Portrait exhibition in 2005, and exhibited for charities in the Royal Hibernian Academy and Adam’s Fine Art auctioneers. Just before moving to London Coyle had solo exhibitions in the Signal Art Centre in Co. Wicklow and the Bank of Ireland’s art centre in Dublin, and was described as ‘one of the city’s most promising new artist’ {Metro Life newspaper- January 2006}, and a ‘rising young artist’ {Irish Independent- May 2006}.

While exhibiting in London, Coyle has expanded her audience by exhibiting in Los Angeles, and in several galleries in New York City, where her work has been positively received. She has also exhibited in NYC charity events alongside artists such as Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith and renowned composer Philip Glass. Coyle is represented in London by Degree Art, The Stowaway Gallery and The Marylebone Gallery.

Coyle’ current work embodies 1st generation American Pop art qualities of the 1950’s while focusing on contemporary imagery. Her focus is to produce accomplished paintings of a Fine Art standard within the process and execution of ideas. She is also working on an ongoing abstract project which commenced in 2002.

Emma Coyle’s Curriculum Vitae