I have always been fascinated by faces.  As Degas once said  “we were born to look at each other after all”.   Although I hope to capture  the look and something of the unique air of each of my subjects, I am interested in something other than a mere likeness.  Francis Bacon called it the ‘emanation’ of his subjects.  While I am still in the process of developing an artistic voice and style, I think that what I aim to get at, with a freedom of brush-stroke, is the humanity that unites us.  Or as Cezanne said, if I approach each subject with as much empathy and sincerity as I can, then “the soul will shine out all over the place”.

            Issy Emeney


Apart from music, art is also important to me, and over the last three years I have been  taking some time out of my musical life to study painting, and it seems natural to me as a folk musician that I am drawn towards figurative painting, specifically portraiture.

Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about commissioning a portrait.


Oil on canvas

20” x 24”


Oil on Canvas

12” x 12”


Oil on canvas

20 x 24



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Drawings and Etchings