I was struck by the friendly intimacy of these two elderly gentlemen walking down Oxford Street in Swansea.
It was a clear sunny day and there was real warmth in this relationship, easy going in each other's company, as if they had known each other for years, as they amble down the road. A day out away from wives and families perhaps? Just the boys!
I tried to captured this easy going relationship as if they meet up perhaps on designated days to "catch up" with all their news, and to find out what has been happening in their respective lives, to talk about their local sports teams, to "put the world to rights".
This is a painting about friendship, long enduring friendship and how it matters so much.
"Emma's paintings paintings are lively and capture the fleeting moments of day and night in the Swansea streets. A very strong visual impact is derived from bold blocks of colours and an expressive palette that is widely used in modern art and pop art. The cinematic compositions and dramatic use of light and dark in her artworks, particularly in those night scenes where I observe some tranquility and alienation in a busy city, almost draw a subtle connection to the pieces of Edward Hopper.
Her depiction of pedestrians and streets of Swansea in rain creates an enigmatic atmosphere which tempts the viewers for more.
I particularly like the figurative works which I think capture the everyday nuances of normal people going about their daily life"
Rise Art - Insiders Review
oil painting on linen canvas
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