At almost 80 years old, Violet Emsley is the oldest artist working in the Venture Arts studio and creates immersive abstract artworks in print, textiles and paint. She has historically worked in textiles, with a piece being exhibited at The Whitworth in 2022, as part of A Modest Show (the collateral programme to British Art Show 9).
As her eyesight has worsened, Violet prefers to work more intuitively with paint and colour. The development of her work has resulted in these freely expressive prints and paintings that use layering of colour and texture to great effect.
Two of Violet’s paintings featured in the YESS LAD exhibition, which ran at TJ Boulting during Frieze London in 2022, and as part of the National Festival of Making in 2023.
Violet Emsley's exhibitions and events
- Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 22nd Oct 2023
- YESS LAD 15th Jul 2023
- YESS LAD 19th Nov 2022
- Completely a Hustling Place 31st Dec 2021
A Modest Show
MACFEST x Venture Arts exhibition
The Whitworth, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6ER.
2nd Mar 2024 - 2nd Mar 2024
Manchester Open 2024
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester
3rd Feb 2024 - 28th Apr 2024
VA Collectives | Narratives
Bonington Gallery, Dryden St, Nottingham, NG1 4GG.
30th Nov 2023 - 30th Nov 2023
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