John Emanuel

Born in 1930 - United Kingdom


John Emanuel works in Porthmeor, Cornwall. He has received no formal art training. His natural creativity is inspired by a love of his subject - the figure and the figure embraced by the landscape has developed into a consistent theme.

His drawings exhibit a clear, classical form and a simplicity of line which strengthens the relationship between the contours of the figure and the contours of the land. He loves the singular beauty of the Cornish coastline and the extraordinary light.

The notion of forms sleeping beneath the earth are a recurring theme. John Emanuel works in a variety of media: charcoal, gouache, oils and, more recently mixed media and lino-types, a method he learned from John Wells. His preferred medium is oil paint using hand and mould made papers laid down on archive quality board.

The art critic Frank Ruhrmund has observed that "his works go beyond the nude. He has always striven to transcend the obvious and succeeded, and they have as much to do with the local landscape as they do with the human figure". "It is the figure, not the nude I am interested in..." says the artist.

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1975 Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives
1976 Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives
1976 Newlyn Gallery
1979 Penwith Gallery (ten years work)
1979 Gilbert Parr Gallery, London
1979 Montpelier Studio, London (opening exhibition)
1982 Montpelier Studio, London
1984 Montpelier Studio, London
1986 Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
1987 Montpelier Studio, London
1988 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
1991 Montpelier Studio, London
1992 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
1993 Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire
1994 Sims Gallery, St Ives
1997 Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire
1998 Montpelier-Sandelson, London
2000 Candover Gallery, Alresford, Hampshire
2004 Maltby Art, Winchester

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