Emmesse is best known for his surreal cityscapes. He is often told that he had a perfectly good painting until he painted something silly on it. He accepts this but still feels compelled to do it. He even feels under strict offers to do so. He suggests that this is Emmesse telling his alter ego to do it.
“I feel as if Manchester is just my backdrop for the emotional feeling or thought that I am trying to convey. I could just as easily be inspired to do paintings that incorporated another backdrop wherever that may be. I am often unsure what I am thinking or feeling and what I am trying to convey visually, it’s almost as if there is part of me that knows and I just hold the paintbrush and see what happens. The things that I think about are often very complicated, as is life. Sometimes I don’t believe the painting needs to be precise.
I like to paint and represent things naively as if I am a child allowed to doodle on his Dads work. The child that should know better maybe does. Know for me its about honing my craft and trying to understand what its all about whilst trying to visually represent it and inspire or provoke thought and emotion in others.”
Emmesse is an artist of the next generation of immense skill and talent. His work covers many genres and succeeds in both providing a beautiful image as well as thought prokoving meaning behind them. His work has a depth and intelligence that has caught the eye of many collectors and casual buyers alike.
Art by Emmesse
Painting depicting a "Fat Cat" with an evil grin on his face.
Acrylic on Canvas. ...
Yesterday I wanted to Die
A captivating piece with the central figure surrounded by religious visions and...
The turmoil of not knowing what to do next. The odd shaped figure is positioned...
A scene in central Manchester on Cross Street looking towards St Anns Square and...
Inspired by the image of a homeless man crossing the street. Acrylic on Board. For...
A better life
Emmesse's interpretation of what everyone, including himself, is searching...
Acrylic on deep edge canvas. For framing options please contact the gallery.
Talking to a dog outside The Castle
A surreal cityscape viewed looking down Oldham Street at night by the Castle Pub.
Taking a Walk on Oxford Road
A surreal street scene from Emmesse from his typical surreal and unique perspective.
The past has passed
A piece looking down Mosley street with the Manchester art gallery on the right in...
Death Of An Alcoholic
The title tells the main story. Towards the bottom of the canvas, in the centre, we...
A dreamlike, ethereal painting, full of narrative. Corpse Lake sits to the left of the...
Pleased To Meet You (The Pleasure's All Mine)
A striking image from Emmesse. 'Pleased to meet you...' Are they?! Empty words and...
Grey Eyes And The Green Worm
Having now masterminded and braved his escape from the asylum this gentleman now finds...
Two central figures, on the left, a man presents the news; quite literally; to the...
Enjoy The Ride
Realisation of being alive. This Vetruvian-Man inspired figure, ribcage exploding,...
All You Ever Needed To Know
A man with a head as a beacon of light. He knows 'everything'; apparently; yet he's...
The Midnight Conversation
Based upon one of those evenings rarely shared with more than one other person; sat...
Emmesse' humourous take on a Michael Parkinson style interview. Everyone deserves the...
A Glimpse Into A Future
As with a lot of Emmesse' paintings, the void-like space to the right, filled only...
When You Want A Drink, You Could Have A Drink, But You Can't Have A Drink
The title says it all. Trying to fight the urge to have a drink. Maintain your...
Ego Trips In The Night
A painting about drunkeness, lust, and the quest for escapism. A woman walks up the...
The Kings Of Oxford Road
Emmesse's fascination with the 4th Dimension arises again. 2 worlds, operating on top...
The Art of Making Decisions
Life is all about making decisions. In shaping our identities we must make decisions....
Road Rage on Westminster Bridge
An unusual London scene depicting an interpretation of Westminster bridge. Road rage;...
A juxtaposition of old and new. Taken from a point in Whalley Range, an area with a...
Institutionalised Man / Ape
A comment on the existential human condition. How much have we really evolved? How...
A fascinating and highly detailed painting of life and death, with narration from the...
When You're Walking Along And You Bump Into Someone You Know And You Really Don't Want To Stop And Chat But You Have To
Finding The Point To Pointlessness
This Picasso-influenced painting features a hermit-like creature, crawling about his...
Elements and narratives from the artist's life often work their way into his artwork....
Piccadilly Gardens MS
A central point in Manchester, Piccadilly Gardens is dominated by fountains and...
Driven By Numbers
A society configured by numbers and figures. The man with his laptop in the top right...
A piece painted in oil and Indian ink and etched to achieve a stunning effect. Emmesse...
Crossing At Whitworth Street
More signposted references to Manchester here. The reflections in the pavement depict...
Tailors of Oxford Road
Another reminiscent piece of traditions gone by. The scruffy man makes his way...
Two Blue Dogs
A nostalgia-charged piece reminiscing of childhood and the past. The view up Oxford...
Paint Splodge on Piccadilly Approach
A view of the approach to Manchester Piccadilly Station... with a few surreal additions.
Curious Composition Filler In St Ann's Square
A bombast against the 'rules' of composition and traditional painting. Elements from...
This composition acts as a signpost for Manchester. The transvestite rabbit has just...