John Emanuel works out of Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, Cornwall. His work has a natural creativity which is inspired by ‘a love of subject’. The figure and the figure embraced by the landscape, has developed into a recurrent theme in his work with many of his drawings exhibiting a clear, classical form and a simplicity of line which strengthens the relationship between the contours of both figure and land. John has a natural affinity with the singular beauty of the Cornish coastline and the extraordinary light from which much of his inspiration is drawn. Many of his works embody the perception of forms sleeping beneath the earth – these too are a recurring theme. Many of his works evidence a sculptural quality- both the drawn and painted images, with a physicality of worked media which enhances the intensity of his work. The colour palette is strong and limited, which emphasises and enhances the sculptural feel, textural quality and dramatic outcome of the artworks.
John works in a variety of media, charcoal, gouache, oils, mixed media and lino-types (a method he learned from John Wells). His preferred medium is oil paint using hand and mould made papers laid down on archive quality board.
The art critic, Frank Ruhrmund observed that:
“his works go beyond the nude. He has always striven to transcend the obvious and succeeded, and they have as much to do with the local landscape as they do with the human figure.”