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Top spot at The Station for young artist

ByJill Lundberg

Nov 10, 2021

A young artist, whose work has been admired by Jesse Lane, a world-renowned creative, is looking forward to having her artwork exhibited at the flagship Spot on the Wall exhibition at The Station in Richmond.

Emma Hodgson, a Year 13 student at Richmond Sixth Form College, enjoys working in a range of media, including pen, coloured pencil and water colour and will be demonstrating her passion for exploring realism and photo-realism within art in her piece she is exhibiting at The Station.  This is a style that is evident in the work of Jesse Lane who Emma has been researching in her A-level Art studies.

Emma said: “I was overjoyed to find out that I had been selected for the Spot on the Wall exhibition and feel very honoured to have my work displayed in such an iconic building. Realism is my main style, as I love giving a piece of art the power to catch an audience’s eye.

“The piece I have created shows a side profile of a young woman with water dripping down her face. I decided to call the piece ‘Coming Up for Air’ as I like to think that is open to interpretation. The audience could take it in a literal sense, as she is literally gasping for air after being underwater, or in the metaphorical sense that she is stopping for breath in life. Having water as part of the drawing was a choice I made as I love drawing it in general but also, water moves in such different and beautiful ways. So, if the audience were to take the piece metaphorically, they could think about how life moves in waves or can feel overwhelming like a flood. Overall, the piece is subjective and I love the freedom of interpretation the piece has.”

Mrs James, Lead Teacher for Art, said: “Emma has astounding technical prowess and her ability to manipulate materials and create intricate work with such an eye for detail is testament to her talent and tenacity. I was not surprised to hear that Lane himself recognised her ability as her work really is outstanding and will be a fantastic addition to the Spot on the Wall exhibition. It has been such a pleasure to teach Emma and watch her talent blossom.”

Emma is planning to study Criminology with Psychology at University, however she will continue with her art in her spare time and use it as a creative outlet and to relax. Emma added: “This is the first time I have had one of my pieces framed and shown in public as I usually just post on my art account on Instagram but this is a whole new level of pride that I have for my work.”

Jenny Rasbeary, The Station’s Gallery and Events Manager, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Richmond School and Sixth Form College again and offer the opportunity for an up-and-coming artist to showcase their work in our stunning gallery. The Spot on the Wall exhibition unites a diverse range of artwork to offer visitors an evolving display of art to enjoy and purchase. As a piece of sold, the artist can replace it with another, so the exhibition is always fresh and inspiring.”

The exhibition will open on 4th December 2021 and run until 25th January 2022 and more information is available at: https://www.thestation.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/a-spot-on-the-wall-2/