Emma Hartley creates ethereal contemporary images. She portrays the atmosphere, the light (perhaps spiritual) that the ordinary eye senses, but rarely differentiates from more representative perspectives. Her paintings (featuring landscapes, people and abstract concepts) draw the viewer into the world of feelings, emotions and instincts. This world is accessible and appealing and still gently challenging.

Emma’s paintings reveal the drama and beauty of reality, through the surreal lens of emotional perception.

Emma lives and works in Hampshire and France.


2005-2009   Winchester School of Art, BA (Hons) Fine Art


2016   Nominated for Columbia Threadneedle Prize at The Mall Galleries

2017   Nominated for National Open Art Prize

2017   Selected for Ing Discerning Eye Prize at the Mall Galleries


2019   ‘Jeopardy’s’, Gallery @Oxo. London SE1

2018   ‘Jeopardy’, Brompton Road Gallery London SW5

2018   ‘Exemption’, Menier Gallery London SE1

2017   ‘Escape’, Gallery @Oxo. London SE1

2013   ‘Half-truth’ The Gallery in Redchurch Street, London

2010   ‘Hinterland’ The Shed Gallery, Hampshire


Postponed to October 6th - 12th 2020   ’Subtext’  Gallery @ Oxo, London SE1

2018   ‘No time like the present’, Portchester

2018   ‘Revealed’, Cornwall

2017   ‘Castles in the Air Poland’,Schloss Lekow, Poland

2016   ELLIPSE SHOW at Remise Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2016   ELLIPSE SHOW, Angelika, High Wycombe

2016   ‘Small is beautiful’ Candida Stevens Gallery,Chichester, West Sussex

2015   ‘The Windows Are Illuminated’ at The Embassy Tearooms

2014   ‘Edward Barnsley and Landscape’ Bedales Gallery, Hampshire

2013   ‘Line’ Muse Gallery, Hampshire

2013   ‘Libero’ The Gallery at no 1 Paget Street, London

2013   ‘Pure’ Pure Gallerie, La Garde Freinet, Var, France

2012   ‘Sedici Group’ The Shed Gallery, Hampshire

2012   ‘F9’ Chocolate Factory Gallery, London

2012   ‘Catherine Porter’ AAF Battersea, London

2011   ‘My Sentiments’ Hawkley Gallery, Hampshire

2011   ‘The Summer Show’ Gallery One, Hampshire

2011   ‘Luminescence’ Hawkley Gallery, Hampshire

2011   ‘Connections’ Paintworks, Bristol

2011   ‘Catherine Porter’ AAF Battersea, London

2010   ‘ONessence’ The Rag Factory, London

2010   ‘Octet’ The Gallery at no 1 Paget Street, London

2009   ‘New Contemporaries’ Fairfield Gallery, Hampshire

2009   ‘National Trust Exhibition, The Mill, Winchester

2009   ‘BA Fine Art Show’ Winchester School of Art

2008   ‘Christmas Show’ Courtyard Gallery, Hampshire

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