Emma Turpin was born in 1964. She studied at Hastings College of Art, 1982-1985, West Surrey College of Art & Design (BA Hons Fine Art and Printmaking) and at the Slade. Emma's paintings are colourful, painterly and full of symbolism and mystery. Her influences are varied and range from early Christian and Muslim iconography to the work of Balthus and more recently Paula Rego.
Emma says of her work: "I have tried to create a balance between the process of painting and the image, keeping the two in a state of flux. In this way I hope there is space enough between the two for the unexpected and the uncertain."
"I like to spend time in London parks. You get to recognise the regulars mostly walking their dogs at the same time every day. Parks in spring can feel like a romantic, yet surreal setting for a story, especially when covered in falling blossom looking like snow. Or sometimes at dusk in the winter when the lamps are lit, I watch the shadowy people walking to the top of a hill, then looking down at the sparkling city below."
Emma Turpin's brother, Louis Turpin, is an artist as are her parents who live in Spain. Emma visits them often and the strong colours of the Mediterranean are reflected in her landscapes.