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Emma Coyle has been working within the art world for over 20 years and has been based in London since 2006. She has exhibited in numerous galleries and art fairs throughout the city, and her work has appeared in many national publications. A recipient of International Art Market’s Gold List award as ‘top international contemporary artists of today’ and a ‘Recommended artists to invest in and to be inspired by’. Most recently her figurative painting series ‘12.16’ won her a Special Artist Award from BESTART. Coyle has recently expanded her audience to America where she has exhibited in NYC charity events alongside artists such as Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, and Ed Ruscha. She has also received a special award for excellence from Florida art gallery LightSpaceTime. In 2020 her three-dimensional painting ‘Expansion’ won an Honourable Mention Award from Art Room Gallery.
Coyle is influenced by minimalism, abstraction and art deco forms, but her major focus is always on line-work, as she deconstructs formal composition. Although her work clearly illustrates the lineage from the first wave of 1950’s American Pop Art, her contemporary figuration develops her own original ideas and styles to produce highly accomplished and collectable paintings, as she comments: “Although my paintings are more commonly compared to Pop Art because of my use of a black ‘comic book’ line, it is in fact a style inspired by the drawings of Picasso and Matisse, whose use of strong line work firstly captured my attention”.
Coyle has always worked in series of paintings, which can be anywhere from three to twenty, “when in the middle of a series, I decide how far it will go and how many paintings will be made”. Her theme will run through each series without the paintings necessarily looking like they are in a series, “for the series to be completed there needs to be resolution of an idea”. She has also started working on woodblock prints and, after 16 years, has now returned to photography. This work deals with ideas about capturing and using negative space as a focal point. With whatever Coyle turns her hand to she is actively engaged with the creative process, and she always mixes her own paints to produce her vibrant palette.
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