Emma Stroude was born in Berlin in 1972 and grew up in the North of England. She studied Fine Art Painting in London at Chelsea College of Art and The Slade School of Art. After graduating she moved to Ireland and settled on the North West Coast. The light and landscape of this Atlantic coastal region is one of the main influences in her work.
Emma exhibits frequently in Ireland and her work is in public and private collections in Europe and the USA including the Irish Office of Public Works, Luciano Benetton's collection 'Imago Mundi' and Pierce Brosnan's private collection.
Quotes from Others Writing on my Work:
'Emma captures fleeting moments and looks at them really, really intensely. The process brings out the unfamiliar in the familiar and everyday. The paintings depict the timelessness of the landscape, and the power of nature, alongside the evidence of human activity. The work seems to celebrate the world as it is, in all it's complexity.' Andy Parsons 2016
'With Emma’s work we look out on a symphonic Turner-like painterly vista, at the mercy of elements beyond our control, turbulent and storm thrown, we also find a breathing space in the meteorlogical chaos, a moment of repose, we find a kind of peace.
Emma frames those places for us, and with a sure, certain painterly touch, brings us back there again and again, reminding us what it’s like to be alive to that sudden illuminating moment, catching it before the glow fades.' Cormac O'Leary 2016
'Emma Stroude's haunting atmospheric island landscapes say something of the district's dark winter feel. Her distinctive skills in the use of materials- in this instance oils, is quite the perfect medium of this kind of brooding isolated world.' John Maher 2014
'I have a fascination with the constant visual changes brought upon the landscape by the unpredictable weather and the effects that these changes have on our emotions. The hours of dusk and dawn provide inspiration as the light and water in the atmosphere can create visions that are momentarily breathtaking and dramatic.
When I paint the landscape I have an awareness of the presence of the viewer within that place. Some of my paintings provide moments of stillness and quiet contemplation while others describe our fast pace of living and the speed in which we move through the landscape using the notion of travel in a moving vehicle when all we may need is a sideways glance, a split second to see a scene that may catch our attention, spark imagination or connect with past experiences. In all my work I try to capture the moment before it fades.
My intention is to elongate this moment for the viewer to explore depending on their own personal history. By recording and articulating the split second experience in paint I intend to engage with our human perception of the landscape, to slow down the speed of our modern lives and provide space for thought.'
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