Through her paintings, British abstract artist Emma Howell explores and reveals new methods of sensation and perception. She’s nurturing a new relationship with the world; a world that – after her father’s death – she had deemed tiresome and melancholic. Emma’s encounter with grief compelled her to build a deeper appreciation and more colourful affinity towards nature, society and culture. Now, as an active adventurer and explorer, Emma is taking you somewhere she’s been and showing you how she sees it, feels it and hears it. All of her work is dedicated to her Dad, whose loss taught her how to embrace the adventure that life can offer.
Emma lives in the heart of The Cotswolds with her boyfriend Jon and their Golden Retriever, Gibson. She graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art – and has since sold and exhibited work nationally and internationally across Europe, North America, Australia and The Seychelles.
In 2020, Emma released 81 Wild; a 50-piece sell-out collection that puts a romantic spotlight on the geography and landscape of the United States. With help from her American collectors and watchers, she evolved a large body of work where each piece represents one state. Due to the success of 81 Wild, Emma is currently in the process of making a U.K. version of the collection. She is accepting landscape descriptions here.
In November 2020, Emma released four year wild fire: an eclectic body of work that reveals anonymous stories (submitted by her followers) translated into emotive, abstract paintings. Original pieces from this new collection are available to view and collect here.
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Painting is to provide evidence of living, and a means to unfold new perspectives.
A deep navy hue could be a woeful moment or the colour of a gentleman’s jacket; a wash of pale grey could be a loving conversation or a typical British cloud; an earthy green could be a Cotswold hill or the colour of a weathered road sign; a quick, rough mark could be a moment of frustration or a tyre blow-out on interstate 81..
Through adventure and exploration of the near and afar, my work evolves from journal documentation of colour, texture, sound and conversation. By exerting the mind and body, mixed media is then applied to a surface to expose these perceptions and take you where I’ve been.
Open your mind and take my hand.
BA Fine Art – First Class Honours
University of Gloucestershire
Fragile Nature – Selected Group Exhibition at Groundwork Gallery, Kings Lynn, UK
Homegrown – Cheltenham, UK / Sponsored by Hobbycraft
ArtVenture Recent Graduates Exhibition, Cirencester, UK
Free Range Art & Design Show, London, UK
University of Gloucestershire Degree Show, Cheltenham, UK
Continuum Show, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK
Hans Brinker Budget Trophy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Cotswold Painter of the Year 2019 – Nominee
Cotswold Artist of the Year 2019 – Nominee
University of Gloucestershire: Travel Award to Washington, D.C.
University of Gloucestershire: International Exhibition Opportunity in Amsterdam
University of Gloucestershire: PJ Crook Award
The 25 Mountain Project, 2021
Private Reserve (password protected), 2021-
four year wild fire, 2020
50 Paintings In 50 Days, 2020
81 Wild, 2020
It’ll Be Alright, 2020
Raw Honey, 2019
The Moon Series, 2019
Some Adventures, 2019
The 1320 Miles Series, 2019
The How Series, 2018
Publications & Features
Penny Red Media – Part 6 Small Business Interview Series – Emma Howell, Cheltenham
STA Travel – Guest Blog – “An Artist’s Attempt to Creatively and Visually Travel During Lockdown” (publication on hold – COVID)
Cotswold Life Magazine – Artist Feature – June 2020 Issue, page 25
Town & Country Magazine UK – Culture Feature – “Meet the artist taking inspiration from sublime landscapes“
Groundwork Gallery – “Fragile Nature: Elspeth Owen, Paca Sanchez, Lotte Scott snd Emma Howell“
Hobbycraft – Instagram Takeover on Friday 16th August 2019
Hobbycraft – “How to Create a Large Scale Abstract Artwork“
Candid Magazine – “Emerging Artists: Emma Howell“
The Local Answer – Artist Feature and Homegrown Promo
We Heart – Arts & Culture – Emma Howell Interview
University of Gloucestershire Alumni – Homegrown by Emma Howell Press Release
BBC Radio Gloucestershire – Artist Feature and Homegrown Promo
Hobbycraft – “How to Experiment with Watercolours”
Cotswold Allure Magazine – “5 Best Instagram Accounts To Discover The Cotswolds”
Hobbycraft – Instagram Takeover on Saturday 13th January 2018
Hobbycraft – “Meet the Makers: Catch Up Edition”
Hobbycraft – “Meet The Artist: Emma Howell”
Collaborations & Partnerships
The Urban Meadow, Cheltenham – Permanent exhibit
Pea Green Physio, Cheltenham – Permanent exhibit
Hobbycraft “Art Sale” backdrop – Nationwide in-store marketing