Emerson Mayes is a Yorkshire born artist who has experienced that rarest of things: success both critical and commercial since the beginning of his career. Since graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1994, he has enjoyed a growing reputation for a fresh, honest approach to his work. Winning the Young Artist of the Year Award in 1995 was the first of a number of major awards he has received. Together with successful shows in London and across the country, this acclaim has resulted in Emerson having an ever-growing number of loyal collectors, both private and corporate, here in Britain and worldwide.
Emerson’s subject matter is the wildlife that has surrounded him throughout his life. It’s a subject that has never been far from his heart, many childhood days were full of excitement watching the birds and animals around him. His main aim is to produce work that retains the energy and impact of the wildlife he depicts as well as having the artistic quality that takes the work beyond the mundane.