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Emily Patrick at Agnew’s

The Week, October 1995

The young woman holds her baby with a tender possessiveness. Her simple dress along with the pallor of the palette and the delicacy of line, suggests a late 19th century artist. In fact “Mother with Black Hat” is a self-portrait by a contemporary English painter with a rare talent.

Emily Patrick’s style might not be the most avant-garde, but it is accomplished and distinctive enough to have ensured that her last show sold out within three days. Her subject matter is instinctively Impressionistic - the tree-lined lane at the back of the tall houses in Blackheath, a view of the lowering sky above Greenwich Park. But rather than share the Impressionists ultimate preoccupation with light itself, Patrick uses her singular talent in a spirited investigation into the object. With impecable draughtsmanship and colour sense she brings to her work a quirkiness that is hers alone.