Emma Jane Barnsley: Life’s Paths & Subconscious Happenings, Back o’the Shop Art Café, Terrington, August 3 to 31 (From York Press)
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Emma Jane Barnsley: Life’s Paths & Subconscious Happenings, Back o’the Shop Art Café, Terrington, August 3 to 31
HER surname is Barnsley, she was born in Sheffield, and on Tuesday she opens her latest exhibition, Life’s Paths & Subconscious Happenings, at the Back o’the Shop Art Café in Terrington, near York.
Emma Jane Barnsley, who works at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery, is one of South Yorkshire’s most promising young artists.
While studying at university in Northampton from 1999 to 2002, she developed a passion for painting abstract compositions, and although she has turned her creativity over the past few years to designing jewellery, she is now experimenting with new painting techniques.
“Life grows out of darkness, destruction and disease; life always finds a way, a re-route, an escape,” says Emma, introducing her work at the Terrington gallery.
“I’m inspired by linear patterns and textures caused by processes and occurrences in the natural world. I draw reference from aerial photography of the earth’s landscape, such as intricate river networks, glaciers, root systems and eroded surfaces, and I’m also drawn to microscopic images of cell structures and membranes found in plants, neurology, and biology.”
Her new paintings are expressive interpretations of the patterns in nature that inspired her, choosing to abstract and distort them instead of recreating them.
“In effect I’m attempting to create visual hybrids derived from nature. I achieve this through pouring, drizzling and scraping the paint over the canvas and watching the variety of effects that occur. By doing this, I allow the paintings take on a life of their own.”
Emma’s exhibition runs from Tuesday to August 31; opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.