Emily Thornton - the artist

I paint portraits of fictious people sprung from memories, found images and from my own imagination. I paint with large brush strokes and vivid colours, often in a spontaneous and intuitive way, letting the process guide me toward each emerging character’s personality.

I'm interested in our times’ self-absorption and self-image and the seeming obsession with health and beauty, in vanity. My portraits are not bound to a specific place nor era. I want to invite viewers to project their own interpretations, to raise their own questions and to keep asking questions about identity and gender.