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Emma Cownie


Born in Hereford, educated in Cardiff, I am a self-taught artist who lives in Swansea. I love the interplay of light and colour. In my art I am drawn to light and shadows and how they resonate with colour to shape our emotions. I use oil on linen canvas mainly. I remember visiting the South of France as a teenager and being mesmerized by the dazzling light, I have been attempting to capture that excitement about light in my paintings ever since.

I particularly love the natural world, animals and landscapes.

I try and make my colours bold and bright but as realistic as possible.

I aim to make people look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary beauty in it.

Use of light - In my paintings the effect of light is often ‘heightened’ and similar to the sophisticated, precise ‘Pixar’ like animated light.

I seek to paint the ‘experience’ of light on colour and form.

To achieve this requires the heightening of the effect of light otherwise light can often be dampened or subdued by the absorbing colours.

I am much more interested in how light invigorates, resonates, generates or dare I say it animates colour and form, rather than simply dressing it, licking or caressing it.

This effect is underscored by my use of drawing lines around colours and form, as with the fauvists, and others have suggested this too gives off an animated feel or quality. I also appreciate this observation as I want colour to be the product of being generated, animated by light as if light was the genesis of colour.

Thus light creates the colour in a sense rather than colour simply being illuminated by it.

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