About the Artist

Emma Coyle has been exhibiting regularly since graduating with a B.A degree in Fine art from the National College of Art, Dublin Ireland, in 2003. She has been in a number of exhibitions in Europe and America, and has exhibited alongside artists such as Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith and renowned composer Philip Glass.

While living in Dublin Ireland Coyle exhibited in the Tramyard gallery, the Oisin gallery, exhibited for the Irish National Portrait exhibition in 2005, and exhibited for charities in the Royal Hibernian Academy and Adam’s Fine Art auctioneers.

Before moving to London in 2006 Coyle had solo exhibitions in the Signal art centre in Co. Wicklow and the Bank of Irelands art centre in Dublin city, and was said to be ‘one of the cities most promising new artist’ {Metro Life news paper- January 2006}, and a ‘rising young artist’ {Irish Independent- May 2006}. 

Since moving to London, Coyle has exhibited in numerous galleries and art fairs throughout the city, including a solo show in the Mayfair and exhibiting in the prestigious Mall Gallery. 
Her work has appeared in The Sunday Time STYLE supplement, Level25 art journal in America and in Kapa magazine - the Sunday magazine of Greece's most prestigious newspaper, Kathimerini. She has also been selected by Los Angeles curator Bridget Carron for her collection Power Pop on Saatchi’ online gallery in 2014. Coyle’ work has more recently been featured in the Mayfair Times February edition of 2015. 

While exhibiting in London, Coyle has expanded her audience by exhibiting in Los Angeles, and in several galleries in New York City, where her work has been positively received. She is represented by Degree Art, the Stow Away Gallery and the Marylebone Gallery in London.

Artist's Statement

I have always produced strong imagery working from a Fine Art background. I am constantly collecting images from magazines whether I am working on an on-going series of paintings or not. I then carefully select and group images together to start working on a series of drawings. I work with drawings for months at a time to manipulate the imaginary, and then continue through to painting. Mixing colours of paint is very important to the progress of each art work, and I mix my paints in tubes that I have used for many years which contain left over paint from one art work to the next. As I work on each image I minimise details and line. I am very interested in abstraction, strength from line work and composition.

From my experiences with living in Dublin, New York City and now being based in London, it has given me the opportunity to find out what medium’s and themes that I am most passionate about. I have found that using acrylic {which is quick drying} on board, allows me to work on numerous paintings without breaking my focus. I use large size boards to embrace the strong colours and line throughout my work.  The flatness of the board adds to the sharpness to the imagery, a light wash of varnish then covers the painting to further enhance the image, finally the painting is framed. Through my style of painting I mirror the present and reflect on past art movements. My paintings embody the power and strength of imagery.

In the past I have created series’ of paintings dealing with Japanese advertisements of the 1920’s, Silver Screen film still’s and Fashion photography of the 1960’s. Over the last 9 years my work has evolved with the use of contemporary images, and I wish to further progress my work by expanding the size of my paintings even further. My paintings have been compared to many different art genres, from realist to pop art, fashion illustration and even art deco.

I am currently working on a new series of untitled paintings, using themes such as fashion, erotica and seduction, I see myself developing my work through the variety of images that I am using. My current work deals with present day imagery from fashion photography to advertisements. The thought of portraying the perception of society’s moral has always been an ongoing theme throughout my working progress.

I have an interest in contemporary artists such as Mel Ramos, Mark Ryden, Miles Aldrige, Tim Walker, Richard Phillips, and Julian Opie. Visiting exhibitions in galleries and museums which deal with contemporary art, fashion design, past art movements and cultural history is very important to the production of my work. I find that it allows me to focus on the importance of working with different themes, and always to push the boundaries of my comfort zone.