Emma Carter Artist and Curator
NEXT SOLO SHOW - harbour House Kingsbridge 20 Aug - 1 September 2013
NEW LIMITED EDITIONS RELEASED FOR Spring 2013, see website for details
NEXT SHOW - GREENWAY GALMPTON 23rd March - October. Emma is artist in residence at the National Trust estate on the banks of the River Dart formely owned by Agatha Christie, Normal Admission fees apply to non members.
Emma has always been drawn to expressing the free spirit and the infinite horizons that nature presents. The every changing natural states of the sea, the land and the skies that surround her in her home county Devon, have been a source of inspiration for a multitude of art forms for over 20 years.
Although Emma specialised in sculpture and photography in her fine art degree,
her best known works are large oils with locally inspired, vast open beaches and wide anonymous seas. Collectors enjoy a sense of freedom and of time encapsulated within a frame. Emma states:-
‘I have been lucky enough to have spent a lot of time on a small island in Devon called Burgh Island where I have studied and experienced the forces of the elements and nature’s course. This has been a constant and recurring theme in my work that has also given me a philosophical appreciation of our place here in this world and how we stand in the shadow of the vast power of nature’.
Painted from memory, her work reflects a response to how a place feels not necessarily how it looks. Small signs of life like a lone sailing boat, a row of planted cypress trees or a breakwater symbolises man’s intrinsic relationship with the elements. Having travelled alone throughout much of the world, Emma’s memories of mountains and valleys, beaches and winding roads stimulate a romanticised but philosophical aspect in her work. With titles such as ‘What is this life, if full of care that we have no time to stand and stare’ taken from famous poets, the paintings take on another dimension as the viewer is questioned. In today’s complex and over stimulated society, Emma’s open compositions provide a visual escape into a serene and natural world. Emma hopes that the free spirit in all of us is evoked by looking at her pictures.
Influences are also from the impressionist movement from artists such as Pissarro, Monet and the incredible expressionist Van Gogh. Sculptural influences are from Christo, Gormley, Kapoor and Goldsworthy.
Emma also works profusely on the local and regional art circuit helping to provide platforms for other established and emerging artists by directing such festivals as the award winning Great Create Festival of the Arts, Blank Canvas and TACO at Torre Abbey and English Eccentrics in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She currently works as an Art Programme Manager at the architecturally iconic modernist house - High Cross House Dartington, now managed by The National Trust.
She has produced numerous pieces for galleries and solo exhibitions, corporate commissions and private collections worldwide. Recent commissions have included seascapes for former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other dignitaries.
See also the Great Create Festival of the Arts at Greenway web lisitng
Emma is also the creative director for The 'English Eccentircs ' programme at Greenway and around the Southwest area, featuring conceptual, performance, poetry, fashion, design and contemporary dance. Southwest artists are chosen for thier finese and eccentricity! Please email for future events.
Also see aesthetic conceptualists listing for the conceptual art show premiered at Torre Abbey in 2009. This cerebral show featured Emma's own work and also Southwest artists Phl Dixon and Christine Sweetman and a few guest appearances from other well known performance artists, th eshow was very well recieved and an excellent follow on show from Antony Gormley's Field.
View my website http://www.emmacarter.com/
Island Artist show announced for Harbour House Kingsbridge 20th August - 3rd September 2013. Emma will show a new collection that will be developed...
Emma has recently joined Gallery 5 in Salcombe as a partner. The studio gallery sits in Island Street, the emerging creative district of Salcombe. Ori...
Inside Out Three established Southwest artists - Emma Carter, Phil Dixon and Christine Sweetman are due to launch an exciting and stimulating new tou...
Blank Canvas at Torre Abbey - Torquay September 27th 2008 - Nov 8th and Great Create at Greenway June 2009
HIGH CROSS HOUSE As well as celebrating the significance of one of the most important modernist houses in Britain, we support and promote talented...
Emma Carter - Island Artist Show - painting and limited edition prints of locally inspired scenes from award winning artist most know for her atmosphe...
Dick Bixby FALLING IN..... ‘Paintings and drawings from one of the most important artists of the late 20th century.’ R. C. Kennedy It is with...
The Great Create 1 August – 2 September 2012 The Great Create Festival of the Arts at Greenway The award winning Great Create Festival of t...
'The Secret Meaning of Flowers' exhibtion will be on at Greewnay until July 30th 2012 showing an unsual collection of Emma photographs .This exhibitio...
High Cross House Call to all Artists and Designers High Cross House at Dartington is now under National Trust Management. We open to the public o...