Passive Smoking (2016)
Oil painting by Emma Cownie


  • Oil painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 18.11 × 14.96 × 0.79 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Emma Cownie

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

This painting is a new painting is heavily influenced by North American artists in it's colouring and in it's subject matter, namely the frisson that comes from human interaction, in the most apparently mundane settings. I loved this scene, as the man seems ill at ease and not sure whether to leave or remain. He may even feel guilty that he is kinda in ear shot of the couple's conversation and may appear to be eavesdropping. He was there first and then the couple joined him, to eagerly gossip and have a quick cigarette break. They seem so comfortable in each other's company compared to the man who seems very ill at ease, aggrieved at having to endure their their smoking and the drifting grey-white fumes.

"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"

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Materials used:

oil painting on linen canvas

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