Emma Coop is an artist who always seems to be venturing somewhere else. Her work centres around a deep affinity with nature and the elements, however having lived in cities all her life; her connection with nature is not based on a daily relationship, but of fleeting encounters and memories. Primed by Romanticism, nature is imbued with metaphor for emotional states and this connection is highlighted in the titles of her work, which often read  as lines from a story, hinting at hidden narratives and emotions. These moments of escape into nature are extended back in the studio via a labour-intensive process of drawing.


The imagery she deploys seems to embrace a sense of traveling towards an experience, wether it be the distant horizon of a seascape, looking into the depths of the sea, or the lure of a what could be a passage-way through the thicket, somewhere ‘else’ always seem to beckoning.


Graphite is used to slowly build an image through an assimilation of marks. Densely layered graphite results in deeply reflective surfaces; that reveal the reality of their creation when light catches the surface to expose thousands of marks, suffused with restlessness. The multiplicity and intensity of these marks expose an element of performance and endurance. The resulting artworks express this laboured process along with it’s inherent desire.


Emma Coop is also known as Emma Torkington




2004   MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL

2003   PG Dip Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL

2000   BA (Hons) Interactive Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University




2021   Forthcoming WALES CONTEMPORARY, Oxo Tower Gallery, London

2021   Forthcoming RWA 168th ANNUAL OPEN, RWA, Bristol

2021   Forthcoming THIS YEAR’S MODEL, Studio 1.1 Gallery, London

2020   WALES CONTEMPORARY, Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven

2020   DRAWING BEYOND ITSELF, Air Gallery, Manchester

2020   DRAWING BEYOND ITSELF, virtual show, http://www.artsteps.com

2020   FERENS OPEN, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

2019   WE EACH HAVE OUR OWN LANDSCAPE, Lewisham Art House, London

2019   BLUE MIND, 3rd on 3rd Gallery, Jamestown, NY


2019   EDITION 5: HIDE AND SEEK, 44AD Gallery, Bath

2018   ON THE EDGE, (SOLO SHOW) Lodestone Creative, Bowling, Scotland

2018   ART FEAST, Someth1ng Gallery, London

2018   THRESHOLDS, Gonzo Unit, Thessaloniki, Greece

2018   MURMURATION, ICE Space, Bath Fringe, Bath

2018   SIGHTLINES, Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol

2017   THE SAME DEEP WATER, The Great Medical Disaster, Manchester

2017   EVOLVE DAMN IT, Camberwell Arts Festival, London

2017   PROOF, Art Hub Gallery, London

2017   THIS YEAR’S MODEL: DEEP SPACE, Studio 1.1, London

2017   RE:COUNT, Someth1ng Gallery, London

2016   LOOKING UP, Studio 1.1, London

2016   SIXTY, Art Athina, Art Fair, Athens

2016   SIXTY, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes, London

2016   KEEP ME POSTED, Art Hub Gallery, London

2016   COVER VERSION, Studio 73 Gallery, London

2016   LOVE & LOSS WE’RE ALL JUST ANIMALS, Someth1ng, London

2016   ART CONVERTERS, Studio 1.1, London

2015   SEASONAL FAIR, Chalton Gallery, London

2015   SEASONAL FAIR, Someth1ng Gallery, London

2015   BAZAAR, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes, London

2015   ART NOUVEAU, Studio 73 Gallery, London

2015   UNTITLED, Someth1ng Gallery, London

2015   CHEMCRAFT, Espacio Gallery, London

2015   THE PRINT EXHIBITION, ArtHub Gallery, London

2006  UNTIL IT MAKES SENSE, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris

2016   UNTIL IT MAKES SENSE, Seventeen Gallery, London

2016   WHO CARES ABOUT GREEK ART?, Independant space, Athens

2005  I.E. Video Archive, Independant space, London

2005  HER UP STAIRS, Open studio, Temporary Contemporary, London

2004  Video Symposium, Rhotas 2 Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

2004  Experimental Video Art, Puratha University, Thailand

2002  THERE TO HERE, (SOLO SHOW) Tmesis Gallery, Manchester

2001   INTERIOR LANDSCAPE, (SOLO SHOW) Glass Box Gallery Salford

2001   SUMMER BIENNALE, International 3 Gallery, Manchester

2000  YOU ARE HERE, Holden Gallery, Manchester

2000  MAN MOMA, International 3 Gallery, Manchester




2018   Lodestone Creative, Bowling, Scotland

2017   Great Medical Disaster, collaboration with Darren Nixon, Manchester




2016   WINNER, SIXTY, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes, London

2016   WINNER, people’s Award, KEEP ME POSTED, Art Hub, London




2020   Interview with Jayson Gylen and Jay Ottewell from North West Drawing Collective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wmyrti3Now

2018    Interview with Camilla Holder of Lodestone Creative: http://www.lodestonecreative.org/emma-coop.html#

2016    Interview, South East London Journal, issue 7, Autumn

2006   Art Monthly, Until It Makes Sense, review, issue 297, June

2006   Until It Makes Sense, Exhibition Catalogue

2006   Who Cares About Greek Art, Exhibition Catalogue

2006   GAP (Greek Arts Projects), review, issue 7

2006   Highlights magazine, review, issue 20

2004   Make Annual, review, Issue 01

2000   Art Monthly, The International 3 review, Issue 240, October




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