Emma Nourse is an expressive and tactile painter who is inspired by still life tableaux and floral arrangements. Nourse uses colour, brushstrokes, and gesture to give expression to complex human emotions. Her paintings seek to explore how feelings can be conveyed through commonplace subject matter which has been abstracted and heightened. There is a strong sense of longing and nostalgia, as well hope and joy, which can be seen throughout her work. Nourse is also inspired by the evocative contrast between expressing enduring emotions such as love and connection through the subject matter of fragile blooms slowly falling into decay.
Emma Nourse graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2011. She has participated in a number of shows with Salon Ninety One, as well as having two solo shows at other galleries. Her works can be found in private collections around the world.
SELECTED PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS
To be confirmed.
16.01 - 20.02.2021
Salon Ninety One is thrilled to present its first show of 2021, When it’s hot out and you wanna have a good time.
This all female-collection is inspired by the heat and freedom of long, colourful summer days, balmy evenings, and the strange summer we now find ourselves in; a summer which has seen restrictions on festivities, curfews, and the closure of many of South Africa’s beaches.
When temperatures soar above 29 degrees, we become lethargic about our responsibilities and the allure of leisure becomes almost too much to bear; sitting on the beach, surfing, sunbathing, a friendly game of tennis, going to pool-parties, sun-downers, the welcome gust of air-conditioner as you walk into cool museums or galleries in foreign cities, outings with friends, the tang of salt on your skin after a swim in the ocean, and other activities which seem so much more vibrant in the heat of summer. This colourful, quirky, and playful exhibition is a wistful yearning for a long, hot, normal, summer – where a good time can be had at any moment.
When it’s hot out and you wanna have a good time features the very latest works by Berry Meyer, Emma Nourse, Lené Ehlers, Jessica Bosworth Smith, Marolize Southwood, and Tara Deacon. Berry Meyer constructs detailed, and delicate collage works, which combine disparate and discarded paper artefacts to develop thoughtful and arresting narratives on time, nostalgia, race, sexuality, and popular culture. Emma Nourse works with thick oils applied to paper and canvas to render flower arrangements and still lifes which seem to melt and reconstitute over and over again on the picture plane. Lené Ehlers creates intricate abstract and wild botanical shapes in paint, collage and mixed media to explore themes of journey and self-rediscovery. Through the depiction of highly patterned and detailed scenes in bright, flat, colour, Jessica Bosworth Smith expresses her desire to capture fantastical inner worlds which pay homage to her new-found sense of place. Marolize Southwood’s work demonstrates her deep fascination with the human condition and our proclivity to construct our own reality using bold, joyful, and textured brushwork. And Tara Deacon’s playful and bright paintings explore the often-overlooked moments of daily life, where her love of solid colour and simplified shapes give expression to the beauty in the mundane.
JESSICA BOSWORTH SMITH
08.08 - 05.09.2020
A Hazy Shade of Winter is a salon-style group show including works by represented, associated, and exciting new artists. Exhibiting Artists include Adele Van Heerden, Alexia Vogel, Amber Moir, Andrew Sutherland, Black Koki, Elléna Lourens, Keya Tama, Ello Xray Eyez, Emma Nourse, Gabrielle Raaff, Heidi Fourie, Jade Klara, Jeanne Hoffman, Jessica Bosworth Smith, Joh Del, Katrin Coetzer, Katrine Claassens, Keneilwe Mothoa, Kirsten Beets, Kirsten Sims, Laurinda Belcher, Lené Ehlers, Lili Probart, Linsey Levendall, Mareli Esterhuizen, Marolize Southwood, Matthew Prins, Mona Haumann, Natasha Norman, Nicole Clare Fraser, Nina Torr, Paul Senyol, Sarah Pratt, Tara Deacon, and Zarah Cassim.
The group exhibition inspired by the Simon and Garfunkel song of the same name, seeks to explore subject matters, palettes, and imagery which capture and express the varied emotions, colours, memories, and atmosphere, which this season brings. For some artists, winter evokes icy vistas, cool palettes of blues and whites, and the change to colder and shorter days. For others, the changing season elicits a longing for warmer times, the comfort of staying indoors close to the fire, the use of warm and jewel tones, and the desire to capture nature in full bloom.
Winter provides a milestone for the passage of time through the year. For many, 2020 has felt somewhat surreal; time has moved on and the seasons have changed and yet there is a feeling that normal life was a lifetime ago.
Throughout the collection, the viewer is invited to contemplate the artists’ relationship with the season of winter and how something as simple as a change in weather can have a profound impact on the kinds of work they produce.
ADELE VAN HEERDEN
ELLÉNA LOURENS | KEYA TAMA
ELLO XRAY EYEZ
JESSICA BOSWORTH SMITH
NICOLE CLARE FRASER
07.12.2019 - 18.01.2020
Year-end group salon in aid of Ilitha Labantu, celebrating the diversity, beauty and resilience of women.
Opening Saturday 07 December 2019 at 11am.
Concludes 18 January 2020 at 2pm.
Adele Van Heerden
Jean de Wet
Jessica Bosworth Smith
Nicole Clare Fraser
Since our gallery was established in 2008, we’ve maintained the tradition of hosting our annual December show, held in aid of a local charity, whereby 10% of all artwork sales have been donated to our chosen cause. This year we’ve decided to support Ilitha Labantu, an organisation which was started in Gugulethu, Cape Town, during February 1989. At that time it was the only organisation in any township of Cape Town providing emotional support, practical advice and education around the serious issue of violence against women.
Visit their website for more information.
06.12.14 – 17.01.15
‘Golden Haze – End of year group salon in aid of the Sunflower Fund. Accessible, affordable artwork across a broad range of mediums by emerging and established local creatives.
END OF YEAR CHARITY SHOW AT SALON91
(DECEMBER 2014 – JANUARY 2015)
A HUGE THANK YOU to all the generous participating artists, especially Dani Loureiro, who did all the design work for the show & as well as to our supportive clients. Thank you for everyone’s generosity, hard work & patience. The funds raised by the GOLDEN HAZE show in aid of THE SUNFLOWER FUND will pay for 10 tissue type tests!
JACQUELIN ANN FLAGG
EMILY JANE LONG
KIRSTIE RAE SAMSON
STEPHANIE E. CONRADIE
PIERRE LE RICHE
GABI LEE SMIT
ADELE VAN HEERDEN
SIMEON VAN DER BERGH
CANDACE DI TALAMO
For availability of works please enquire with us at the gallery
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The Salon91 Team
& The Sunflower Fund