On the run up to Christmas The Foundry Gallery will be showing paintings by the artists
Emma Alcock is a London based artist. She has predominately exhibited in London in solo and group shows and her work in is private collections all over the world. At first glance Emma’s paintings may appear simple, but quiet contemplation brings to the surface a wealth of meaning and suggestion
Eleanor Watson is a London based painter who has exhibited previously at The Foundry Gallery.
Watson paints empty spaces; allowing for the room and its contents to set a scene for stories. The objects described in varying detail are given a similar weight to props on an empty stage. What is immediately familiar and recognisable is undermined by the flattened rendering of the objects and the incongruous use of colour.
The paintings retain a likeness to the printed image; particularly in the way in which negative spaces are layered in order to describe the objects. The original images aren’t hers and it’s important that she doesn’t know the spaces and has never been there. This allows her the freedom to re-create and rebuild; excluding and including details as the painting progresses. Watson encourages a literary feeling of description. Clues as to whose story is being told are everywhere, although most questions are left unanswered.