Emanuel was born in Bury, Lancashire in 1930. With
the advent of World War 2 his parents decided to move
back to Barrow in Furness where both sets of his grandparents
lived. He was immediately evacuated to a farm on Shap
Fell. After leaving school he served an apprenticeship
in painting and decorating.
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.
1964 his interest in art deepened and he moved to
Cornwall where he worked full-time, allowing him to
continue painting. It was ten years before he had
his first exhibition.
During this time John made close artist friends with
Dick Gilbert and later John Wells, Denis Mitchell
and Alexander Mackenzie.
the early 1980s John has lived in St Ives, working
from a Porthmeor Studio overlooking Porthmeor Beach.
The studio was previously used by the sculptor John
the years, John has visited the Scillies - in particular
St Agnes and St Martins; the northern fells and lakes
of Cumbria and the island of Mull.