Emma Alcock British, b. 1968

Emma Alcock has lived and worked in London since graduating from The Royal College of Art in 1992. She has predominately exhibited in London in solo and group shows and her work is in private collections all over the world.


At first glance Emma’s paintings may appear simple, but quiet contemplation brings to the surface a wealth of meaning and suggestion. Painting from imagination, retaining only the essence of the physical subject, Alcock creates semi-abstract compositions that are elusive and ambiguous: windows that are both open and closed, a brightly coloured flower drowned in darkness, or a reflection on a wall that captures a transitory moment in time. Shadows and silhouettes serve to create balances of colour and tone in subtle compositions of light and shade, soft and strong. The effect can be radiant or muted, intimate or monumental.

As Julian Spalding says,


“Emma Alcock paints as an aid to contemplation.  All paintings are journeys into stillness, in the sense that they are the creation of still images.  Stillness, for Alcock, is quietness, the quietness that enables feelings and thoughts to emerge that are normally brushed aside in our rush-through lives. She uses paint to trap feelings without throttling them, by means of a gentle but firm touch. Words fall clumsy in the face of the images she excavates, deliberately but instinctively, out of her consciousness of being present.”