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.


Born Hampshire in 1955
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


Solo Shows

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.

Group Shows

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