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emma cownie

Born in Hereford, educated in Cardiff, I am a self-taught artist who lives in Swansea.

I love light and colour. In my art I am drawn to light and shadows and how they shape our emotions, whether it is moonlight on the sea, summer sun on a British beach, the shadows under chestnut trees in an autumn park or thin spring sunshine on daffodils.
I remember visiting the South of France as a teenager and being mesmerized by the dazzling light, I have been attempting to capture that excitement about light in my paintings ever since.I aim to make people look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary beauty in it.

Looking and Seeing

I love the National Museum in Cardiff. It has a fantastic collection of Impressionist and early twentieth century Art. I used to visit it a lot when I was a student there in the 1980s. We visited it yesterday afternoon. We started in a contemporary exhibition called “Who […]

Frank Brangwyn and Brangwyn Hall

In 1928 the House of Lords was commissioned  Brangwyn to produce a series celebrating the beauty of the British Empire but the peers refused to accept them because they were “too colourful and lively”. The House of Lords’ loss is Swansea’s gain. These panels are absolutely astonishing.