Emily Thornton
Overview / Portfolio

Emily Thornton is a British artist currently living in Zambia. Her new paintings explore her ongoing quest to create a visual sense of escapism through the depiction of anonymous physical and inner landscapes. Emily paints from remembered landscapes and remembered feelings of them, which she then channels into her paintings.  They use abstraction as a method and her experience of landscapes as a source.

Central to her work is the idea of marks reacting physically and emotionally to other marks and although she never has a fixed idea of each one’s potential outcome, often when the last physical brush mark has been laid, the subject comes back. The paintings are built slowly at first, as long periods of time are spent deciding where each mark should go and then as time progresses she approaches the work and paints quickly. This method allows her to play with the liminal, as her landscapes are transitional, poised between transient expression and physical permanence.

What drives her approach to painting is her obsession with colour and the need to discover new ways to express balance and tone. She is in constant pursuit of determining how each colour reacts and interacts to another. Often a single anomalous element of colour found nowhere else in a painting can anchor and ground the equilibrium of an entire composition.

The emotional content, rather than the literal subject matter, is key to her. She aims to affirm that people's experience of landscapes, emotions and memories are entirely interconnected and equally ever-changing subject to the constant shifting tides of their existence. 

ARTIST IN FOCUS - EMILY THORNTON

Portfolio
Physical
Physical
Emily Thornton
Oil on Canvas
100 x 100cm
Hot
Hot
Emily Thornton
Oil on Board
40 x 40cm
SOLD
Rolling
Rolling
Emily Thornton
Oil on Board
40 x 40cm
SOLD
Power Study I
Power Study I
Emily Thornton
Oil on Board
40 x 40cm
SOLD
Power Study II
Power Study II
Emily Thornton
Oil on Board
40 x 40cm
SOLD
Sun-drenched
Sun-drenched
Emily Thornton
Oil on Canvas
70 x 70cm
£3900
Emerald Season Study
Emerald Season Study
Emily Thornton
Oil on board
40 x 40cm
SOLD
Red Light
Red Light
Emily Thornton
Oil on Canvas
70 x 70cm
£3400
Liquid Gold
Liquid Gold
Emily Thornton
Oil on Canvas
70 x 70cm
£3700
Groove
Groove
Emily Thornton
Oil on Canvas
70 x 70cm
SOLD
Something's Burning
Something's Burning
Emily Thornton
Oil on Canvas
70 x 70cm
£3250
Fusion
Fusion
Emily Thornton
Oil on Canvas
70 x 70cm
£3700
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