Exhibitions Current Show
Annabel Emson
An Other Space
21 November 2008 - 10 January 2009

Beats of Light, oil on canvas, 2008
"Dabs drips dobs dashes delicious dribbles define demarcate designated areas of splashy spaces drags drawn splatter wipes washes, whispery willow like lines, create a strange and moody menacing moment/s in a space/s deep yet shallow, informal confident casual sensitive with beautiful passages of liquid lagoon light, nervous flurries of brushwork pink skids turquoise twiddles white pulls composed, construct an other space."
Annabel Emson, by Bruce McLean, November 2008
  Wyer Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Annabel Emson. An Other Space opens with a private view on Thursday 20th November 2008  
Teetering on the edge of abstraction and representation, Emson’s paintings reflect the patterns that arise naturally in the structure of the world around us. However, despite drawing inspiration from both the natural and manmade environment, she does not depict recognizable landscapes in existence somewhere but, working intuitively and spontaneously from memory, alludes to some less tangible or fleeting place or space, rooted in memory perhaps but which has become something other, independent, self-determining and lawless.
Her paintings seem to reflect a joy taken in the physicality of painting as well as paint’s material possibilities. She plays with juxtaposition of colour, its temperature, intensity and emotional pitch; the manner and form of the application of paint and the part played by rhythm and sound, both in the process of painting itself and the form and structure of visual composition. This experimentation with the language and application of paint has lead to an ostensibly disparate note in a collection of canvases that differ in scale and style and where abstract works containing broad, energetic or gestural brushwork sit alongside others in which more considered figurative ideas have worked their way in alongside layers of abstraction to suggest a narrative or something more descriptive.
However diverse at times, the works are linked to each other by an index of recurring motifs and images, referencing and building upon each other as part of an extended conversation. Reduced to their core, these are paintings about their process and each work a consequence of a new question that is understood most fully in its relation to its counterparts.
Emson graduated with an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Art in 2006 and before that Chelsea College of Art, London. She has shown with Kenny Schacter and IBID Projects in London; oversees, she has shown at Art Cologne, with Gallery Gymurznska, Zurich and at the Castellon Museum, Spain, where she was short listed for the Castellón Museum Painting Prize 2006. Her work has sold at auction through Sothebys and is in private and corporate collections internationally.
B. 1975, London, lives and works in London EDUCATION 2004 - 06 MFA Fine Art Painting, The Slade, UCL, London 1994- 97 BA Fine Art Painting, Chelsea College of Art, London SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2007 Sponsored show HSBC Bank (with Gallery Gmurzynska) Switzerland; Varennes Fine Art, London 2003 New Paintings, Chelsea Arts Club, London 2000 Loading Bay Gallery, Truman Brewery, London 1999 Paintings, Acorn Storage Centre, London GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2008 Kenny Schachter, Rove, Hoxton Square, London 2007 IBID Projects, London; DLA Piper Art Award, London Gallery Gmurzynska, Switzerland 2006 Castellon Museum, Spain 2005 Postgraduate Slade Artists, Westminster Architecture Studios; New Paintings, Gallery Gmurzynska, Switzerland 2004 Cologne Art Fair, Gallery Gymurznska, Germany 2003 Foad Group Show, Camberwell College of Art, London; 14 x 14 Century Gallery, London 2002 'You thought they were dreams..', Fraser Gallery, London 1999 Open Meat Studios, New York 1997 Dover Street Gallery, London PUBLICATIONS 2007 Sothebys Auction Catalogue, New York; Celeste Art Prize Catalogue; Castellon Museum Catalogue; DLA Piper Award Catalogue 2004 Rheinposte Newspaper Germany (Work from Cologne Art Fair); Craig Burnett, writer V&A Museum magazine 2003 Starlight Magazine, London RESIDENCIES & TEACHING POSITIONS 2007 Lecturer/part time tutor Huddersfield University (BA Painting) 2006 Residency Scholarship in Crete, Greece 2005 Residency Scholarship at Venice School of Printing, Italy AWARDS 2007 DLA Piper Award Finalist 2007 Celeste Art Prize Finalist 2006 Castellon Museum Painting Prize Finalist; Boundary Art Prize Finalist