‘The women of Emma Franks materialise out of the luminous and subdued hues of her oil paintings. They are like brief apparitions of inner worlds the spectator has been privileged to glimpse before they vanish back into foggy depths. They emerge with their alabaster faces, voluminous headgear and downcast eyes, lost in thought. They are alone but self-contained, possessors of a quiet power. Shaped by and submerged in colour, they are on the verge of being transformed.’ Words by Lito Apostolakou as featured in Village Raw Magazine
My paintings are an expression of my inner world and are a direct narrative of my life. I have for a long time been creating paintings with the aim of transporting the viewer into their own inner reflections, offering a state of calmness and introspection.
My paintings have been described as ‘lyrical’, ‘beautiful’, ‘calming’ and ‘poetic’ and I am often asked about their unique style. The process of creating a painting is spontaneous and playful. Often I begin a new work without knowing what will emerge. I slowly build up a picture, applying thin washes of oil paint then rub them away. I am very excited and passionate about the physical act of painting. I love to see how the painting will take on a life of its own and what might emerge by pure accident.
The textile art works are reminiscent of childhood play when I would spend hours dressing paper dolls. They are made using a sewing machine, hand sewing, collage and embroidery, creating intricate and captivating portraits of women. Each portrait portrays feelings of empowerment and beauty, each with their own individual personality.
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Exhibitions and Fairs
Muswell Hill Creatives Winter Fair 2018
50:50 Group Exhibition with East Finchley Open Studios @ Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution
East Finchley Open Houses 2018
Muswell Hill Creatives Craft Fair Spring 2018
Crouch End Festival Summer 2018
The Stratford Gallery Winter Exhibition www.thestratfordgallery.co.uk
Selvedge Fair, London and Charleston House
The Stratford Gallery
Affordable Art Fair (Hampstead and Battersea)
Institute of Group Analysis
St Georges Hospital London
Byard Art Gallery
Lena Boyle Hampstead Affordable Art Fair
LeTrouve, California, www.trouvestudio.com/
Solo Exhibition ‘Enchanted Dreams Arundel Contemporary
Solo Exhibition ‘Joy Within’ Arundel Contemporary
Film: Arundel Artroom presents Emma Franks
Selected Artist Arundel Contemporary Trail August 2013