Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art

John Emanuel

John Emanuel (b.1930)

Born: Bury, Lancashire

Moved to Cornwall: 1964

Elected Member of the Penwith Society of Arts 1974
Elected Member of the Newlyn Sociey of Artists 1975
Chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists, 1977-8


Selected One Person Exhibitions:

'Figure and Landscape' Belgrave St Ives
Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour2007
Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour2007
Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour
'Recent Work', The Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour
'A Retrospective', Penwith Gallery, St. Ives
Maltby Gallery, Winchester
Candover Gallery, Arlesford (also 1993 and 1997)
Montpelier Sandleson, London (also regularly from 1979)
Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath (also 1988)
Gilbert Parr Gallery, London
Penwith Gallery, St. Ives (ten years work)
Newlyn Gallery1975
Wills Lane Gallery, St. Ives


Selected Mixed Exhibtions:

Summer Exhibtion, Belgrave St Ives

St Ives Exhibition 2012, Belgrave St Ives

'Winter Exhibition: Paintings and 3D Works by Fifty Contemporary Artists', Belgrave St Ives
'MMXMAS', Belgrave St IvesApollo contemporary Art, Bath'Salmagundi, Summer Exhibition' Belgrave St Ives
Summer Exhibition, Linda Stoneman Gallery, Penzance
'Three Representational Painters', Belgrave Gallery St. Ives'The St. Ives Show', Walker Gallery, Harrogate
'Pastels Today', Pastel Society, The Mall Galleries, London (invited artist)
'John Emanuel and Peter Hayes', Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour
Hilton Young Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall
Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives
Porthmeor Studios Artists, St. Ives Society of Artists, Norway Square, St. Ives
Walker Galleries, Taunton, Devon (showing at the John Leach Gallery, Mulcheney, Somerset)
Thompson Gallery, Marylebone, London
Lemon Street Gallery, (Christmas Exhibition), Truro, Cornwall
'St. Ives', Belgrave Gallery, London
Walker Gallery, Honiton, Devon
The Katharine House Gallery, Malborough, Wiltshire
'St. Ives Exhibition', Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Porthmeor Studios Artists Print Portfolio, Tate St. Ives
'The Nude Exhibition', Medici Gallery, London
'29 to 92', Belgrave St. Ives
'Bryan Pearce & His Artist Friends', Victoria Art Gallery Bath
'A View of St. Ives 4', Belgrave St. Ives
The Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour
'The Discerning Eye', Mall Galleries London
Walker Galleries, Harrogate
'Art for the Millennium', Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery
Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives
'Critic's Choice', Newlyn Art Gallery
Thompson's Gallery, London
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
'Penwith Society of Arts Exhibition', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
'100 Years: Context and Continuity', Newlyn Art Gallery
'Paintings from Cornwall 1945-75', Montpelier Studio, London
Rainyday Gallery, Penzance
'The Human Form', Parnham House, Dorset
'Artists from Cornwall', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
'Four Gallery Artists', Montpelier Studio, London
'Drawn from Life', Penwith Gallery, St. Ives
'A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889 - 1999', Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
Hayward Annual, London

Galerie Artica, Cuxhaven, Germany
Westward TV Open Art Exhibition, The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton and Newlyn Art Gallery (selected)
Cleveland International Drawing Biennale (selected)
'Portraits and Paintings', Artists' Market Warehouse, Earlham Street, London
Penwith Gallery, St. Ives (Four-man exhibition)


Overview:Emanuel has always approached his painting and drawing in a workman-like manner. When he first moved to St Ives he made a living sign writing to support his family while he developed his drawing and painting with the help of artist friends such as John Wells and Alexander Mackenzie.
There is a sculptural quality to John's work in both the drawn and painted images that evolves out of an intense physical manipulation of media as the artist works and reworks grounds and subject relentlessly up to conclusion. In earlier work, John often made three-dimensional figures out of clay to experiment with compositional ideas. Colour is usually restricted and stronger areas of a single colour applied in specific bands or elements of the image. This process enhances the dramatic and sculptural effect of the painting.

More recently, some of the characteristic heavy and often textural impasto of oil has given way to subtle glazes of oil colour. This is partly through the effect of the artist using canvas in place of board or paper mounted on board, his more usual support. Well known for his studies of the female nude, John's paintings in oil and mixed media often places the female form within a landscape that is simplified but recognisable; whether it is west Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly or Cumbria. This subject combines John's love of drawing the nude, he regularly makes studies from life, and his equally intimate association with the ancient landscape of west Cornwall. It is this interaction between the classical and sometimes sensual nude with its rugged environment that typifies his work.