Emma Haworth’s paintings are narratives usually set in a park or green area within a city. These areas are havens for people and wildlife, places of sanctuary and refuge from the city. They may be public parks visited by all, or private places, secret gardens found behind industrial estates, visited by the more adventurous city dweller. Such spaces are a constantly changing backdrop with the seasons, weather and passage of time affecting all that passes through them.

The narrative in Haworth’s paintings may draw from poems, fairy tales, novels or biblical stories that have a relationship with our contemporary society. Although built upon observation, her paintings are fictional scenes. She visits the setting  at various times of the day and year recording the type of people and range of wildlife that use them. She observes the different interactions between people and wonders the reason they are in the park that day. She looks at the different wildlife and notes how the atmosphere can change as daylight turns to nightfall or as summer turns to autumn. Haworth also collects images by drawing or photographing discarded things or rubbish left in the park which can help to create a story.

Back in her studio Haworth brings together the images of the things she has seen; the people, birds, animals, plants, objects and trees that may never have actually come across one another in reality. Then creates a more timeless imagined image with a deeper meaning. The places she paints are magical, full of secrets and hints of stories. 

 

EDUCATION

MA in Drawing in the Fine Art Practice, Wimbledon School of Art
BA ( Honours) in Fine Art , Surrey Institute of Art and Design

PRIZES

2015 Royal Watercolour Society Award

2010 The Sunday Times Watercolour competition - First Prize

2010 The National Art Open - Joint First Prize

2010 The National Art Open - Visitors Prize

2010 Lynn Painter-Stainer Runner–up Prize

2009 Lynn Painter-Stainer Runner–up Prize

2007 Celeste Art Prize, shortlisted artist.

2001 Woodhay Picture Gallery Prize, New English Art Club

2000 Hunting Art Prizes, Runner-up, Young Artist of the Year

2000 The Janet Konstam Travel Award