April 2017 sees the return of Emerson Mayes to Bils & Rye and his first showing at the new gallery. This time we have selected some wonderful Yorkshire Landscapes.



As novelists are rarely good painters, artists are rarely good writers, therefore I will try and keep these words down to a minimum and hopefully let the work speak for itself.

My work splits itself into what at first glance may seem two very distinct areas... that of 'flora' and 'fauna'. However, their similarities are many: when working on either subject my reasons (and hoped for outcomes) are the same - that of capturing a 'direct response' with an integrity to both the subject and the media used.

Although the landscapes I paint are always actual places, I am acutely aware that the painting is the object that will exist and be seen. Therefore trees may be moved, horizons changed and colours altered. I always attempt to walk that thin line between the representation of the landscape and the physicality of the act of painting.

The same is true of the 'fauna' work - I am not trying to act as a human camera, but to capture those ever so fleeting moments, whilst always letting the paints themselves enough freedom so they can be enjoyed in their own right.

I chose drypoint as a printmaking medium, as it is one of the most direct, and the closest to the act of drawing, something that is essential to all my work.

My paintings will not change the world, or make political comments - but that doesn't mean to attempt to define and describe the world that surrounds me is any less justified today as it has been throughout art history.