Louise Balaam

Louise’s work is inspired by an emotional response to the natural world in particular to the quality of light. “I draw in the landscape, collecting information about particular places which have meaning for me. I want to put into the paintings the experience of being there, the weather, sounds, smells, and the process of walking through the landscape as much as what I can see. Back in my studio, I use the drawings to help focus my memory, but don’t work directly from them – I find 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 makes its own demands – in a sense, it begins to answer back.

My paintings are based on a sense of connection to the natural world, something I feel is particularly necessary now. I see my work as relating to the English landscape tradition – Constable is a big influence, especially his sketches, and modern English artists such as Peter Lanyon are also important to me." Louise goes on to say, " I like the sensuality and depth of colour of oil paint, used in direct and gestural brushstrokes, which assert the materiality of the oil paint and of the painting’s surface. I often work in oil on panel, which allows me to scratch into the wet surface. The meaning of the work emerges from the language of paint, which is allowed to be itself before it is a description of something. I am fascinated by the capacity of paint to express things which cannot be put into words: a mysterious process takes place whereby the marks of the brush work on a subtle level, setting up an emotional and poetic resonance."

Louise’s work has been shown by Cricket Fine Art for the past 15 years. She has also exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibiton, the Discerning Eye, the New English Art Club, the Hunting Art Prize and the Royal West of England Exhibitions.

Prizes
Royal West of England Academy    Odin Trust Prizewinner   2010
Chichester Open Art Exhibition       Highly Commended       2007
 
Memberships
Royal West of England Academy
January 2011
New English Art Club
December 2011
           
2012
Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Russell Gallery summer show
Whitespace Gallery Summer Exhibition, Totnes, Devon, Contemporary Perspectives Exhibition
Mall Galleries SW1, New English Art Club Exhibition, Bankside, London
20/21 Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
New English Art Club Exhibition
Russell Gallery Putney
30th Anniversary Exhibition Cadogan Contemporary, London SW7
Works on Paper Cadogan Contemporary, London SW7
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2011
Royal West of England Academy
Bristol
New English Art Club
Mall Galleries SW1
Discerning Eye Exhibition
Mall Galleries SW1
Threadneedle Prize
Mall Galleries SW1
Whitespace Gallery, Totnes, Devon
2010
New English Art Club
Mall Galleries SW1
Royal West of England Academy Open Painting (Prizewinner), Bristol
London Art Fair , Business Design Centre, Islington, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Cadogan Contemporary - Solo show
Royal Society of British Artists
Discerning Eye
2009
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London
Threadneedle Prize Exhibition
Mall Galleries SW1, Discerning Eye
Mall Galleries SW1, New English Art Club
Mall Galleries SW1
Ruthven Gallery - joint show
Auchterarder, Scotland
Porthminster Gallery Summer Show, St Ives, Cornwall
2008
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London
Discerning Eye
Mall Galleries SW1
Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, Bristol
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
Royal Society of British Artists
Mall Galleries, SW1
Trinity Art Centre (solo show)
Tunbridge Wells
Ruthven Gallery Winter Exhibition, Auchterarder, Scotland
           
Selected past exhibitions
New English Art Club
Mall Galleries, SW1 2004, 2005, 2007
Discerning Eye Exhibition
Mall Galleries, SW1 2005-2007
Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition
Bristol 2004-2007
Portico Gallery (Solo show)
Sevenoaks, Kent 2005
Contemporary Work on Paper Fair
Royal Academy, London 2007
Ashford Library (Solo show)
Ashford, Kent 2006
Hunting Art Prize Exhibition
Royal College of Art, London 2005
Chichester Open Exhibition
Chichester 2005-2007
           
Biography
BA in Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury
2005-2007 MA in Fine Art, Christchurch University College, Canterbury