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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Alex Emsley












Alex Emsley


Much of my work can be described as hyper-realist images executed in oil. I often focus on the re-exploration of still life painting, in which simple arrangements of random items are depicted in obsessive detail. The choice of my subject matter plays only a secondary role, for it is the actual process of painting, the act of creating convincing illusions of reality from photographic material, that lies at the heart of my modus operandi. In this respect, my work shares an unlikely thread with the abstract expressionists, who regarded the actual process of painting as more significant than the completed work.

All paintings are executed in oil on linen, while drawings are charcoal on paper.
I obtained a degree in fine art, with a distinction in painting, from the University of Stellenbosch.






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