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Emerson Mayes

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Emerson Mayes is a Harrogate born artist who has experienced that rarest of things: success both critical and commercial since the beginning of his career as a landscape painter. From the day the 33-year-old graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1994, he has enjoyed a growing reputation for a fresh, honest and uncontrived approach to his work.

With his roots firmly in the British landscape tradition, Emerson's work reflects his obvious passion for this vast and complex subject. Although he strives to achieve a direct response, he is never tied down by the 'topographical' elements in the landscape. He says, "It's the emotional reaction and that sense of place that's most important in a finished piece, not whether a tree is in exactly the right place." This is achieved by whenever possible working outside, directly from the landscape. These pieces are then brought into the studio, where they can be judged as paintings in their own right, away from all the distractions. "Some pieces take very little extra work, others are unrecognisable and a lot never make it out of the studio. It's very important that I am happy with ever painting that leaves for exhibition."

Winning the Young Artist of the Year Award in 1995 was the first of a number of major awards he has won. This together with successful shows across the country and in London, resulting in having work in public and private collections worldwide, makes Emerson one of the most exciting young landscape painter working today.

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Jennifer Anderson

Brian Ballard

Annette Edgar

James Fairgrieve

Maria Luisa Hernandez

Arabella Johnsen RCA

Jia Juan Li

Emerson Mayes

Donald Provan

Cristina Rodriguez

Sabrina Rowan Hamilton

Jo Seccombe

Louis Sinclair McNally

Jonathan Shearer