Louise Balaam NEAC – Head of Painting

Louise Balaam is an abstract landscape painter who trained at Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury, (BA) and at Christchurch University College in Canterbury (MA).

Her work is inspired by an emotional response to the natural world, in particular to the quality of light. Her process is to draw outside and then paint in the studio, aiming for a direct and intuitive response to the experience of being in the landscape. The aim is to somehow convey the experience of being there, the weather, sounds, smells and the process of walking through the landscape, as much as what can be seen. In the studio, she uses the drawings to help focus her memory, but doesn’t work directly from them – she finds it works better to put the source material aside and to paint intuitively, so that the painting becomes an entity in its own right which starts to make its own demands – in a sense, it begins to answer back.

Louise sees her work as relating to the English landscape tradition – Turner and Constable are both big influences, especially Constable’s sketches, and modern British artists such as Peter Lanyon and Joan Eardley are also important to her. She draws outside and then paints in the studio, aiming for a direct and intuitive response to the experience of being in the landscape. She was elected a member of the New English Art Club and of the Royal West of England Academy in 2011, and lives and works in Kent. She is currently represented by the prestigious Cadogan Contemporary, Chelsea, London.

 

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

Cadogan Contemporary, London

John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Trinity Gallery, Tunbridge Wells

‘Response’ Ashford Library Gallery

‘A Sense of Place’ Portico Gallery, Sevenoaks

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