The established chain "Zinc Lounge" has recently opened a premises in Swansea my home town. I took this photo to be painted later, of a glorious sunny day when the light shown glad tidings through it's massive glass doors and windows to illuminate the densely decorated walls of gold framed paintings adorning the huge walls. It looks rather regal and grand.
I love the juxtaposition of these aesthetic riches with commonplace everyday natter of the three friends, talking excitedly over an afternoon glass of wine; as if the opulent setting was inspiring their excited chatter and glass fueled revelry. It all seemed a heady, intoxicating mix of past and present.
This is a signature type of painting for me - painting people walking around in their everyday lives. Painting moods, anticipations and atmospheres. Creating presence and pathos.
"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.
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