Degree: BA Hons Fine Art
University: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Graduation Year: 2019
‘Creativity takes courage,’ said captivating colourist, Henri Matisse. Demonstrating her own daring is Dundee’s very own queen of vibrancy, Emma-Louise Grady.
Each intricate dot or dash committed to her canvas, harmonises as a group of marks and appears to breathe and come alive before our very eyes. Her work has the same hypnotic quality as the dot-paintings seen in the artwork of Australia’s indigenous Aboriginal people. It is as though, this young artist has taken inspiration from an ancient technique and transformed it to create something utterly new and original… Something uniquely hers.
Grady's colour palette is a treat - influenced by nature and spirit, she uses dragonfly blues, shamrock greens, goldfish oranges, and berry reds to make her spiritual and vivid explorations of pattern. Her work is a unique delight, a pleasure to lose yourself in.
My paintings explore the practice of intuitive mark-making. Inspired by eastern Asian aesthetics; my surroundings also influence my creative process. Through the exploration of patterns and aesthetics my work represents a sense of freedom and fluidity. Colour is an important part of my process and is used as the main guideline to inspire my mark-making. The patterns created are unique to each painting, which allows them to stand on their own. Each piece created has endured a variety of process stages, allowing it to have a significant amount of layering to each painting, creating a sense of depth. Working on larger scale boards allows my patterns to be thoroughly detailed, producing an intense and vibrant aesthetic. Limiting my colour selection to only five or six colours benefits the aesthetic appeal as it generates focus on the marks made. My work represents an intuitive lead, mark-making process which I hope to entice and excite the viewer with.
2020, The Graduates, Tatha Gallery, Dundee, Tayside, Scotland
2020, RSA New Contemporaries 2020, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
2019, DJCAD Degree show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee
2019, John Kinross Scholarship
2020, Fleming-Wyfold Foundation Award