Emma Alcock & Eleanor Watson
NOVEMBER - 1 MARCH 2015
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
“Emma Alcock paints as an aid to contemplation. All paintings are journeys into stillness, in the sense that they are the creation of still images. Stillness, for Alcock, is quietness, the quietness that enables feelings and thoughts to emerge that are normally brushed aside in our rush-through lives. She clings on to sights familiar to her – flowers in a vase, reflections of trees, sets of steps – as if her life depended on them, and in a real way, it does, because in these she finds meaning, elusive yet memorable. She uses paint to trap feelings without throttling them, by means of a gentle but firm touch.
- Julian Spalding, Art Critic and Former Museum Director
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.
“Artist Eleanor Watson has never been to the places she paints. She has never sat in that chair, doesn’t know the exact distance between the table leg and the edge of the room, and to her it isn’t important. Her works, although suggestive of well-known or homely spaces, are distanced and contemplated objectively, resulting in print-like canvases of unnerving familiarity.
- The Found Image & Painting Spaces, Francolin Press, 2013
Emma Alcock - Light & Dark, Oil on Linen
Emma Alcock - Silhouette of Flower Jug, Oil on Linen
Eleanor Watson - Happening, Oil on Canvas
Eleanor Watson - Walled in, 2014