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Emma  Stroude

Educated in London at Chelsea College of Art and The Slade, Emma Stroude lives and works in North Sligo.

Ireland's history and Atlantic coastline influence the two diverse themes which run parallel in her practice. One stems from her interest in women's role in Irish history resulting in an ever evolving series of charcoal portraits of key female figures. The other has emerged from her surrounding environment, the dramatic weather and ever changing light of the North West and the culture of being on the move, glimpsing transient moments of beauty from a moving vehicle. 

She has work in public and private collections in Europe and the USA. Collections include OPW, Imago Mundi (Luciano Benetton) and Pierce Brosnan.

 Artist's Statement 

'My current work stems from my fascination with relationships between light, water and the landscape. Some of the paintings are animated by notions of speed, movement and travel while others focus on moments of stillness and quiet contemplation. In each work I attempt to capture the transformation of an ordinary scene caused by the presence of light and water in the atmosphere, to articulate and record in paint a moment of weather-driven drama or luminescent beauty that may otherwise fade and be lost.'

Emma Stroude 2015

To snatch from time the passionate transitory…’

Patrick Kavanagh 

The painter has a few ancient skills to guide their response and Emma is a consumate painter; her antennae are always atuned to the one arresting image that cancels out all the others. Her work moves from tonal shading to cloudy atmospherics, not unlike those faraway Arcadian cloudscapes glimpsed in the backgrounds of old masterpieces by Titian or Goya, craft and composure are needed, and a bit of a break in the weather.

With Emma’s work we look out  on a symphonic Turner-like painterly vista, at the mercy of elements beyond our control, turbulent and storm thrown, we also find a breathing space in the meteorlogical chaos, a moment of repose, we find a kind of peace.

Emma frames those places for us, and with a sure, certain painterly touch, brings us back there again and again, reminding us what it’s like to be alive to that sudden illuminating moment, catching it before the glow fades.



26th July – 23rd August

Invited Artist, A Terrible Beauty is Born,
1916 themed group exhibition at The Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo,

July 21st – 1st August

Invited artist, North By Northwest, King
House, Boyle Arts Festival, Co.Roscommon

July 5th – July 29th

Light Water and the Atmosphere, Group Exhibition, The Kildare Gallery @ Intel, Maynooth, Co.

June 2nd – July 1st

Invited Artist, A Terrible Beauty is Born, 1916 themed
group exhibition at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

29th – June 4th

Invited Artist, Remembering
 at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton

5th – 28th 2016

GLOW, solo
exhibition at The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

4th – April 15th 2016

Invited artist for 100 a
1916 themed group exhibition at LUAN Gallery, Athlone

March 24th – April 2nd 2016

Spotlights & Shadows,
a collaborative public art piece with Joe Hunt and The Hyde Bridge Gallery,
projections of Emma Stroude’s drawings of Women of The Rising visible on the
wall from dusk on Rockwood Parade, Sligo over the Easter period (Funded by
Sligo County Council for Ireland 2016)

18th – 29th 2016

Northwest Open
Prizewinners 2014
‘ , Group exhibition at Leitrim Scultpure Centre
with artists Amanda Jane Graham, Helen Sharp, Simon Carman & John Cullen

6th – 23rd 2016

Women of The Rising at
The Model, Sligo including an artist’s talk as part of The Model’s ‘Nollaig na
mBan’ event.


December 2015

Invited artist in ‘Poem for Winter’ at The Hyde
Bridge Gallery, Sligo


‘A Celebration of
Sculpture and Painting’
 opening group exhibition of The
Kildare Gallery, Carton House, Co.Kildare

4th – 29th 2015

group exhibition at Teach Bán Nua Gallery, Drumcliffe with artists Lorna
Watkins and Medbh Gillard

June 13th – 27th 2015

Invited artist in ‘Fall
of the Dew’
, group exhibition themed on The Yeats Sisters during
Lily & Lolly Craftfest, Sligo

13th 2015

Invited exhibitor at The
Great Yeats Birthday Party
, Lissadell House, Sligo

June 2nd to 11th 2015

Yeats Poetry and Place,
at The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

April 7th to 18th 2015

‘Elsewhere’ Solo
Exhibition at The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

March 6th – 28th 2015

5@6, Group
exhibition with Aideen Connolly, Medbh Gillard, Diane Roemer and Lorna Watkins
at Gallery No. 6, Market Street, Sligo

December 5th 2014 – January 16th 2015

Leitrim Sculpture Centre
Christmas Exhibition
, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

December 2014

‘line   form
  flesh   body   space   vision’
     studio+ and Graphite &
Easel, at The Model, Sligo

, Saturday 3-5pm, 2014
(Work on View from Fri 21st – Fri 28th November)

‘At Home’ with the Easter
 – the Sligo launch of Sinead McCoole’s new book ‘Easter
Widows’ and exhibition of portraiture by Emma Stroude at The Model, Sligo

18th – 29th 2014

Coney ,
The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, Co.


The North West Open 2014,
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim

Awarded a future group exhibition
with Amanda Jane Graham, Helen Sharp, John Cullen & Simon Carmen

July 2014

Cairde Visual 2014,
The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, Co. Sligo


The Glebe Gallery Open
Easter Exhibition
, Church Hill, Donegal


Expanded Territories,
The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

 2013 & Previous


Expanded Territories,
Dublin Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin


Expanded Territories,
The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon


Sky Arts Portrait Artist
of the Year Event
, RDS, Dublin (not as a competitor)


The Glebe Gallery Open
Easter Exhibition
, Church Hill, Co.Donegal


Open Season,
The Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim


Emma Stroude, Recent
, The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co.Leitrim


Emma Stroude, Recent Paintings,
Nean Tog, Cliffoney, Co. Sligo