80 x 100 cm | 31 x 39 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
Memory and Journey Tuscany.
In 2017 Emma Hartley was Selected for both the NOA and the Discerning Eye by Simon Tait at Mall Galleries. She had a solo show at the Oxo Gallery, South Bank, London and her work was collected widely this year for both private and corporate collections. Her work can now be found in a prestigious development in Trafalgar Square.
Emma Hartley draws influence from the world around her to produce stunning works of ethereal, emotionally charged, beauty. The ambiguous forms and misty, melting planes are somewhat similar to the void-centred iconography of the Japanese Shūbun school of painting. Indeed, the pictorial language of Hartley’s work appears to embrace fluid space, expanding and contracting throughout the picture plane. Emotive clouds of colour and inky evanescent planes ebb through the image evoking instinctual responses. Both her figurative and landscape-based works resist clarity, remaining mysterious and profound, and open only to emotional interpretation.