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Emma Doig

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Degree: BA (Hons) Fine Art
University: Duncan of Jordanstone
Graduation Year: 2014

New Blood Art Statement

The immediacy of Emma Doig’s work is captivating. Fluid forms blend and escape us, the figural images twisting to and fro in enigmatic vivid expressions. Violent, tempestuous movements are tamed with sympathetic hues which vanish into the background complimenting the urgency and spontaneity of the works. As if breaking free of chains the figures dance and swing, becoming unbound from invisible cocoons. Through an intuitive painterly style the work mimics the cathartic experience of acting on impulse, of becoming truly extemporaneous. In doing so, the work itself compels liberating responses and cleansing notions of freedom.

Artist Statement

Through experimental paintwork, various techniques and spontaneous application, my work explores human experience and the relational compulsion to feel free. I usually have the figure suspended in a transient state, letting go and embracing the unknown. Suspended in a quiet composition, the figure emerges from layers of brush marks and pallet knife painting. A lot of the work is left to chance, the final outcome usually unpredicted. The painting in itself is a meditative process of pushing and pulling and being led in a somewhat unexpected direction. With a sense of weightlessness, the work communicates a metaphorical jump; caught in transition, the figure is leaping into the unknown. The emphasis is not on the figure, but on the movement, beauty and intensity of letting go.


Selected Exhibitions

2017, Art Pistol, Cresswell, Glasgow 

2017, Holburn Gallery exhibition, Aberdeen 

2016, Christmas Exhibition, Alpha Art, Edinburgh

2016, Artweeks, Oxford Town Hall, Oxfordshire 

2016, Oxford International Art Fair, Poseytude gallery 

2016, Biggar Art Gallery 2015 - Edinburgh Art Fair, Alpha Art gallery 

2015, London Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 

2015, present Alpha Art Galler

2015, Artweeks, Oxford Town Hall, Oxfordshire

2014, Present Wall Projects, Montrose

2014, Present Art Pistol, Glasgow

2014, Present MULBERRYS, Poseytude Gallery, Buckinghamshire

2014, Present Holburn Gallery, Aberdeen

2014, Present Three ORIGINAL WORKS from Becoming Undone Series, Ninewells Medical Centre, Dundee

2014, Life is Better with Art in it, Wall Projects, Montrose

2014, Present WINTER EXHIBITION, Art Pistol, Glasgow

2014, Artsyland 8, Wall Projects, Montrose 

2014, 15° Fifteen Graduates, Art pistol, Glasgow 

2014, Graduate Exhibition, Antiques and Arts, Abernyte

2014, Becoming Undone, DJCAD Degree Show, Dundee 

2013, Passing Place, The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh 
2013, Show Off, Canmore Street, Dunfermline 

2012, Meeting Point, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

Original works:

Total Abandonment

By Emma Doig


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Hear Me

By Emma Doig


Where is release

By Emma Doig


Hear Me

By Emma Doig


Letting Go

By Emma Doig