Emily Jolley is an artist-painter, practicing in Phoenix Art Space, Brighton. She graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art from Northumbria University, Newcastle in 1993.
Water-colour is her preferred medium after developing an allergy to oil 20 years ago.
She thinks in colours. These link to memories of childhood and countryside. Her works vary between pieces that layer colour and those that use blank canvas to create space in the painting. This intersects with the tradition in Chinese art of ‘black lines and sparse brushwork’ to depict an emotion or sense of surrounding. Painting birds began as part of this discipline but has evolved into a search to capture the essence of any particular bird.
Her current preoccupations are: everyday views or ignored landscapes that seem to govern her life, for instance fleeting motorway scenes on the M23 and M25; also depicting micro-landscapes of rare flora in the turf on Mount Caburn ‘ a rainforest in minute scale’; a third approach involves vast canvases reflecting the scale and space of the South Downs.