emma franc

In 2016 Emma was Artist in Residence at Abbey Theatre, St Albans. She previously studied her Masters in Painting at Wimbledon School of art (part of the University of the Arts London) known for its links with the theatre through its specialist workshops, studios and on-site professional theatre with expert tutors from the industry. Emma has exhibited widely and has been shortlisted for both the Garick Milne Prize and the Royal Association of British Artists annual show resulting in her work been shown at Christies and the Mall respectively .

Drawn to atmospheric places as diverse as the theatre, museums, warehouses, old London markets and abandoned playgrounds, she enjoys experimenting with textured surfaces often with what seems to be a light source coming through from within the picture. Laboured mark making and often mixing different art materials brings a freshness and excitement to the work. At the heart of her work is a loyalty to the drawn line, often carved back into the picture with a scalpel or drawn above the painted surface with charcoal. With this all important element, she often seeks to reinstate a balance to a composition that is seemingly blown off course or obscured by ambiguous shapes. This work is thought provoking and asks you to connect to the story within.