‘Four Seasons fill the measure of the year; There are four seasons in the mind of man....’
- From ‘The Human Seasons’ by John Keats
In her latest exhibition Emma Haworth explores these changing seasons - of life and nature - in the setting of the contemporary urban realm.
Haworth’s meticulously painted scenes are rich in both detail and human understanding. Through long study and observation, she captures the tendencies and movements of nature and society. Myriad individual details - a lingering fox in the shadows, a jogger trailing off the path, an airplane soaring through the sky – combine to frame the familiar narratives of metropolitan life, and to imbue them with a sense of the universal.
The park is her great motif and theme: an essential part of life and a place where the social and the natural worlds can meet, even in the heart of the city. And its importance has only increased in recent times, with the constraints of Lockdown and Social Isolation.
‘Especially during this season the park has been a place for people to meet friends, exercise, work, play and escape. I found in Ecclesiastes “...a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing...”’
Emma Haworth's work has received wide critical recognition. In 2010 she won First Prize in the National Open Art Competition, as well as the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. Haworth's work has been exhibited at The Royal Academy of Arts, and in 2017, she won the Royal Society of Watercolour’s Trevor Franklin Award.