RHYTHMIC, VIBRANT OCEANSCAPES
Inspired by the sea and her wild ways
Emma J. Read is a contemporary abstract sea painter based in Hampshire. Growing up on the Deal seafront and watching her partner surf around the world, her passion for the coast has never waned. Emma’s paintings are a spontaneous and intuitive response to her feelings of both joy and respect towards the sea, the surf and its wild ways. She studied printed textile design at Loughborough University where she developed a strong love of colour and pattern which is key to her work. Exhibiting in the south of England and predominantly by self representation Emma is gaining loyal collectors who share her connection with the coast and love of bold colour. She hopes her paintings will draw you in, turn you about and have you emerging with salty hair and longing for the sea.
2022 EVENTS PLANNED
Open Studios 29-30th Jan
The Studio Solo show 5-6th February
Contemporary Art Fairs Surrey 4-6th March
Dorset Art Weeks 14-29th May
Fresh Cheltenham 10-12th June
Surrey Artist Open Studios 11-26th June
Surrey Open Artist Studios
Chalks Gallery - From the forest to the Sea Exhibition, July-Sept - New forest
AppArt Exhibition - July Godalming
Newbury Contemporary Art Fair 31st July - 2nd August
Windsor Contemporary Art Fair - Nov 12th-14th
How it all started - Whilst sat drawing on the Cornish coast as Dan hit the surf the Widow to the surf collection was born. Emma's love for the sea had always been there since growing up next to it on the Kent coast but seeing a loved one being caught its in power developed a stronger connection and emotion to it thats not yet been shaken. The poem below was coined as a response to that day and it continues to influence each artwork today.
WIDOW TO THE SURF - By Emma Read (artist)
I watch as you ride,
The soaring heights and the crashing lows,
The soft tumbles and the harsh turns,
The swirls of the chaos and of the calm.
I watch as you disappear,
The darkness comes and engulfs you,
The bright lights that glow and guide you home,
The icy cold that takes your breath and reminds you, that you are alive.
I watch as you smile,
The warmth on your skin and your sense of triumph,
The joy and exhilaration of taking on mother nature,
The power and respect for the wild seas inherent in your eyes.
Emma graduated as a printed textile designer at Loughborough university and now works as a full time artist.
*free home consultation
Not sure what size painting/paintings, style or colours would look great in your space then contact us for a free consoltation. If your local to us were happy to come to you and bring you some paintings to try out, or if your not local we can digitally mock you up some suggestions.
Emma is happy to undertake commissions based on her work. Read the blog (link below) for an insight.