Emma Cownie is an Anglo Welsh contemporary artist living in Swansea, Wales. Her work is greatly influenced by the landscapes of Gower and her urban minimal paintings by Swansea.
“Emma's paintings are lively and capture the fleeting moments of day and night in the Swansea streets. A very strong visual impact is derived from bold blocks of colours and an expressive palette that is widely used in modern art and pop art. The cinematic compositions and dramatic use of light and dark in her artworks, particularly in those night scenes where I observe some tranquillity and alienation in a busy city, almost draw a subtle connection to the pieces of Edward Hopper.
Her depiction of pedestrians and streets of Swansea in rain creates an enigmatic atmosphere which tempts the viewers for more. I particularly like the figurative works which I think capture the everyday nuances of normal people going about their daily life"
Her Urban Minimal style of painting is influenced by those American realist painters who paint the quiet, the spacious and the still and revere a certain treatment of light and colour such as Edward Hopper, Jim Holland, John Register, Frank Hobbs as well as by Contemporary Minimalists such as Christopher Benson, Leah Giberson, Tom McKinley, Mitchell, Johnson, Jessica Brilli and Emmett Kerrigan.
She brings an American sensibility to a Welsh urban landscape.