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09 Mar 16

AAF Battersea 9th-13th March

Ortakoy-Istanbul-at-AAF-2016

'Amber Glow on Bosphorus Shores' was shown at The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea in March alongside 'Istanbul dreaming'. Both are interpretations of the same mosque but the techniques involved and the outcome produced are very different. 

The pieces are based on a little mosque found on the banks of the Asian side of the Bosphorus in Istanbul and was built in 1894 by two Armenian brothers in a Neo-Baroque style. A huge modern bridge frames the skyline behind it. This is a favourite building to paint, I like the shape of the mosque which is both simple and yet delicately build and decorated. I first came across it when on a boat going down the river to some ruins and I was frantically sketching as much of the bank as I could. There are some beautiful, dilapidated mansions on the banks of the river, which are apparently in some danger as its not unusual for big boats to plough into them as get taken by the fierce currents! However, I was particularly taken by the mosque and how it changes as different times of the day and almost glows at night. There is quite a magical element to the river, the stories you hear and how the mist comes off it at certain times of the day. I wanted to try to recreate an element of this in the pieces. 'Amber Glow on Bosphorus Shores' is predominately made up of gold leaf and acrylics but also incorporates coffee washes, electrical wire, a stamp, Istanbul newspaper, rice and money amongst other things. It has been built up and scratched away and built up again.  When I first saw it I was en route travelling by train between Berlin and Cappadocia, where I was going to do an art residency in a cave complex. I was preparing a body of work based on the changing architecture travelling through Europe from the West to the East.

 

 
02 Mar 16

Onto thin Ice

sketching-ladakh

Just returned from a stunningly beautiful and inspiring trip trekking along a frozen river which is an ancient trading route and takes you into a remote valley in Ladakh, Northern India. This adorable little lot came to join me while I was sketching their house, commenting on every brushstroke! It was a quick sketch using a pencil and the sand on the ground, (which they found very funny!) It was made even quicker by the fact that it was so cold my paint brush started to ice up before I could use it. Hope to have a blog post to follow soon.

 
15 Jan 16

London ART Fair 2016

20-24th January 2016

London Art Fair at the Islington Building Design Center in East London was showing some wonderful work of established and upcoming artist's work. All sorts of media, mainly painting but also sculpture and some installation work. I was showing a mixture of work based on India, Turkey and a Havanan style hotel building painted on a door. This had layers of other materials incooperated as part of it including, buttons, shells and electrical wire, inspired by the Cuban's ingenuity at creating with unusual and restricted materials. 

 

 
16 Sep 15

AFY @ The Mall

Cathedral-work

 

'Art for Youth Exhibition' at prestigious Mall Gallery 7th and 8th October. Emmie will be exhibiting a number of pieces inspired by her art residency in Havana alongside an eclectic range or work by other artist and sculptors.

Part of the funds raised go towards the charity Uk Youth which supports youth initiatives.Art For Youth

 
26 Sep 15

Open Studios at Hamilton House

Hamilton-house-open

Open Studios will be taking place on Saturday 26th September 12-7pm and 27th September. Emmie will be showing some of her recent work along with work in progress which will be winging its way shortly to the Mall Gallery in London and other work inspired by London, the east and Havana. There will be a number of designers, artists, innovators taking part and music in the evening so come along. 

 

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