Emma Knowles was born in Liverpool, Merseyside in 1967 and currently lives in Stretford, Manchester with her partner and two children.
She has exhibited all around the UK, and she has been commissioned by individuals and international companies, most recently by the Standard Chartered Bank of India’s London office.
Working from her studio at her Old Trafford home, she has maintained an artistic practice for nearly 20 years.
Emma grew up in an artistic environment, where she believes that the ready availability of art books around the home, and the opportunity to see art being created every day by her parents, was beneficial in her own journey to become an artist.
Of her work, Emma says:
“My painting so far has been predominantly based upon the human figure. This has developed over the years, ranging from working directly from life, using photography and, more recently, mixed media. The human figure is nearly always represented in portrait form, attempting to capture the strength and presence an individual possesses.”
She says that throughout her artistic practice the human form has dominated her subject matter. She paints, sometimes directly from life, which she maintains has always been an intuitive process.
Sometimes using photography as a source, she strives to capture the essence of an individual – their characteristics, bold and without any distraction, ‘warts and all’.
Emma initially trained at Bangor Technical College in North Wales before moving to Norwich School of Art where she was awarded her degree Fine Art, and then on to Sunderland University where she earned her Post Graduate Teaching Certificate.
Her teaching career has been extensive, including Bolton College of Higher Education, Gwynedd Technical College in Bangor, Edge Hill College in Ormskirk, Blackburn College of Higher Education, St Helen’s Community College, Wirral Metropolitan College, and at HM Prison Risley.
Emma currently lectures at Tameside College, Ashton-under-Lyne. She is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, and of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
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