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John Emanuel (b 1930)

Biography of the artist John Emanuel (b 1930)

John Emanuel (b 1930) was born in Bury in Lancashire in 1930.

At the start of World War II, his parents moved to Barrow in Furness where both sets of his grandparents lived. Emanuel was evacuated to a farm on Shap Fell and after leaving school he served an apprenticeship in painting and decorating.

His introduction to art, in particular painting, was gained through a series of illustrated talks given by a lecturer from the Extra Mural Department of Manchester University.

In 1964, Emanuel he moved to Cornwall where he worked full-time, allowing him to continue painting. During this time, he became friends with the artist Dick Gilbert and later John Wells, Denis Mitchell and Alexander Mackenzie.

Since the early 1980s, Emanuel has lived in St Ives, working from a Porthmeor Studio overlooking Porthmeor Beach. The studio was previously used by the sculptor John Milne.

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Lot FS30/259: John Emanuel [b 1930] - Seated Nude

John Emanuel [b 1930] - Seated nude - signed in pencil, mixed media on handmade paper 40 x 28cm.

Estimate: £200 - £300
Realised: £170