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
Working from her studio at her Old Trafford
home, she has maintained an artistic practice for nearly 20
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
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
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.
If you are, or know of any local
artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located
or based in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.