Emerson Mayes

Current Collection

Emerson Mayes (b. 1972) is an award-winning Yorkshire painter and printmaker who produces honest and uncontrived work reflecting his obvious passion for both drawing and the natural world. 


These prints are part of an ongoing body of work in which Emerson depicts his ‘direct response’ to the wide variety of ‘feather’ and ‘fur’ found in the United Kingdom – fauna which has become the backdrop to his daily life during the recent ‘lockdowns’ and restrictions. In the resulting monotypes Emerson tries to capture fleeting moments of quiet, solitude and peace – rarities during such a troubling time. 


During his career, Emerson has won a number of major awards and has exhibited in many solo shows, major group exhibitions and art fairs across the country and in London. His work can be found in public, private and corporate collections worldwide including the National Trust and the House of Lords. 


For ten years Emerson worked closely with the Northern-based visual arts charity New Light. Starting initially as a mentor to the award winning artist, he then became a committee member, then a Director and finally CEO. He stepped down from his role in 2019 to once again fully concentrate on his own work.





1972 - Harrogate, North Yorkshire


BA (Hons) Graphic Arts, Leeds Metropolitan University, 1994


PCJ Drawing Award, Society Wildlife Artists, London 2013

St Cuthbert's Mill Printmaking Award, 2010

Exhibition Award at Leeds Art Fair, 2006

Yorkshire Open, Harrogate, 2003

Laing Landscape Prize under 25s, 1998

Harrogate Borough Council Award, 1997

Small Work Award, M.A.F.A. 1996

Young Artist of the Year Award, Leeds, 1995

Selected Solo Shows:

Northcote Gallery, London (forthcoming)

108 Fine Art, Harrogate

Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

Flying Colours Gallery, London

MacLean Fine Art, Cork Street, London

The Gascoigne Gallery, Harrogate

The Firth Gallery, Edinburgh

Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair

Force of Nature, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

North Base, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate

New Light Group Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London

Flying Colours Gallery, London

MacLean Fine Art

London Art Fair

Affordable Art Fair

Art London

Glasgow Art Fair

Edinburgh Art Fair