Approved: 28.10.2009

Louisa Chambers

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Teacher, Researcher

Approved: 28.10.2009

In her most recent practice, the visual artist Louisa Chambers has been developing a new series of works that incorporates a simple folded form. Focusing on how a folded shape can be transfigured at speed from a temporary structure (three dimensional) into a flat two dimensional space (painting and drawing). Each form can be squashed again, folded, opened, reconfigured and recorded. Coloured patterned tessellations that are on the surface of the paper suggest other spaces, angles and areas of illusion. She is interested in how the marked painted surface can be perceived as a spatial element and how this can interact with figures that are situated in the foreground in a painting. These depicted idiosyncratic shapes and scenes often have been assembled in the artwork to make anthropomorphic forms teetering between abstraction and figuration.

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  • Location: Derby, East Midlands
  • Activities: Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Special needs education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops
  • Categories: Education project, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Research
  • Tags: Louisa Chambers, Painting, Artist, Lecturer, Educational Projects
 

Biography

In her most recent practice, the visual artist Louisa Chambers has been developing a new series of works that incorporates a simple folded form. Focusing on how a folded shape can be transfigured at speed from a temporary structure (three dimensional) into a flat two dimensional space (painting and drawing). Each form can be squashed again, folded, opened, reconfigured and recorded. Coloured patterned tessellations that are on the surface of the paper suggest other spaces, angles and areas of illusion. She is interested in how the marked painted surface can be perceived as a spatial element and how this can interact with figures that are situated in the foreground in a painting. These depicted idiosyncratic shapes and scenes often have been assembled in the artwork to make anthropomorphic forms teetering between abstraction and figuration.

Appropriated references derive from everyday sources, which can be from observation or images that she have retrieved from the internet. This produces juxtaposition between the handmade aesthetic of painting contrasting the instant accessibility of the digital image. Often these invented forms make reference to science fiction, architectonics and landscapes, presenting alternative visual and virtual worlds where structures govern out society and technology rules.

Louisa graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art and a BA in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. She has exhibited her work throughout the UK and has been a finalist in competitions such as Nottingham Castle Open 2015, Nottingham Castle Museum (Purchase Prize Winner, Nottingham 2015), Creekside Open, APT Gallery (London 2015), Zeitgeist Open (London 2012) and John Moores 25 at the Walker Art Gallery in (Liverpool 2008). 

Future and recent exhibitions include: BAD SIGNS/ Adjustments, Atkinsons-Kram Gallery (London 2016), Now For Tomorrow II, Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery (Nottingham 2016), If a pair is two, what is three? Paravent and Razzle: All that Jazz, The Harley Gallery (Nottinghamshire 2016), Lift, London Arts Board (London 2016), Now for Tomorrow II, Nottingham Castle Museum (Nottingham 2016), Geometry: Wonky & Otherwise, Déda (Derby 2015), Autocatalytic Future Games, no format (London 2015), In Miniature, Small Collections Room, Nottingham Contemporary (Nottingham 2015), (detail) at H Project Space (Bangkok 2014) Transition Gallery (London, 2014) and The Usher Gallery (Lincoln 2014-2015), Pareidolia, Pluspace (Coventry 2014), Water Colour Revolution, Winsor and Newton, Saatchi Gallery (London 2014), About Painting at Castlefield Gallery (Manchester 2014) Stereoscope at Mrs Rick’s Cupboard, Primary (Solo- Nottingham 2013), Rotation at New Court Gallery (Solo- Derby 2013), Flatland at Blyth Gallery (London 2012) and Needle’s Eye at BayArt Gallery (Cardiff 2012) and Transition Gallery (London 2012).

CV & Education

Education

2012                     PGCE (Post Compulsory Education), Institute of Education, UCL

2007                     MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London

2005                     BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class Honours), UCA, Farnham

2002                     BTEC Diploma in Art and Design: (Distinction), UCA, Farnham

Selected Exhibitions

2016

BAD SIGNS/ Adjustments, Atkinsons-Kram Gallery, London

Now For Tomorrow II, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham

Lift, London Arts Board, London

If a pair is two, what is three? Part 2 - Razzle: All the Jazz, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire

If a pair is two, what is three? Part 1 - In the Paravent, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire

2015

Nottingham Castle Open 2015, Nottingham Castle, Nottingham

Geometric: Wonky and Otherwise, Déda, Derby

Creekside Open 2015, Selected by Richard Deacon, APT Gallery, London 

Autocatalytic Future Games, no format Gallery, London 

In Miniature, Small Collections Room, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham

RCA Secrets, Royal College of Art Battersea, Dyson Building, London

(detail), The Usher Gallery, Lincoln

2014          

Harlequin, Gallery No.1, Repton, Derbyshire (Solo)         

50 50 50, Syson, Nottingham

Salon 6, Old Lockup Studio, Cromford

Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth

Pareidolia, Pluspace, Coventry

Water Colour Revolution, Saatchi Gallery, London

The Summer Lodge, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

(detail), H Project Space, Bangkok, Thailand,Transition Gallery, London and The Usher Gallery, Lincoln

About Painting, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh

RCA Secret, Royal College of Art Battersea, Dyson Building, London

2013                    

First Come First Served, Lion and Lamb Gallery, London

Crash Open, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London

Stereoscope, Mrs Rick's Cupboard, Primary, Nottingham (Solo)

Rotation, New Court Gallery, Repton, Derby (Solo)

Discernible, Zeitgeist Art Projects, ASC Project Space, London

Needle's Eye, New Court Gallery, Repton, Derbyshire

2012                    

Flatland, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London curated research project

Needle's Eye, BayArt Gallery, Cardiff

Bow Arts Open, Bermondsey Project Space, London

Equinox, Transition Gallery, London

Needle's Eye, Transition Gallery, London

2011                    

Contemporary Perspectives on Water Colour, Mall Galleries, London

Drawn Together, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London

2010                    

Melt, Mile End Art Pavilion, London

Rhizomatic, The Departure Gallery, London

Pistols and Pollinators, Accident and Emergence, London

2009                    

Fault Line, The Nunnery, London

Skyscrapers under the Sea, Madame Lillies, London

Drawing(s) with Dolphins, Crimes Town Gallery, London

2008                    

John Moores 25, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Awards

2015

Purchase Prize Winner, Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham

Creekside Open 2015, APT Gallery, London 

2014                 

Paint Like You Mean It, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh

2013                    

Crash Open, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London

Midlands Open 2013, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington

2012                    

ZAP Open 2012, Zeitgeist Art Projects, London

Bow Arts Open, Bermondsey Project Space, London

2011                    

Core Arts Prize, Core Gallery, London

2010                    

Salon Arts Prize 2010, Matt Roberts Arts Foundation

2009                    

Fringe MK, Annual Painting Prize

2009                    

Salon Arts Prize 2009, Matt Arts Foundation

2008                    

John Moores 25 Contemporary Painting Prize

Residences/Teaching/Projects

2014 -                   Associate Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

2014 -                    Visiting Lecturer, Loughborough University

2012 -                   Artist-in-Residence, Repton School, Derby

2013                     Visiting Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

2010 – 2011      Artist-in-Residence, Room 13, Beatrice Tate School, London

 

Press and Publications

2015

Geometry: Wonky and Otherwise, Exhibition Catalogue, Blurb Editions

2014                    

(detail), Transition Editions

About Painting, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, The Skinny by Sacha Waldron

Paint Like You Mean It, IR11, Exhibition Catalogue

2013                    

Louisa Chambers' Stereoscope at Mrs Rick's Cupboard, Patternsthatconnect, Andy Parkinson

Ten artists you should be collecting now: Axis picks it’s up and coming talents, Culture 24

2012                    

ZAP Open, Zeitgeist Art Projects, Online Catalogue

Needle's Eye, Online Catalogue

Paint, Garageland 13, Feature: Are Louisa Chambers' paintings abstract? By Ruth Solomons

2011                    

Core Gallery Open, Online Catalogue

Salon Art Prize 2007-2011, Matt Roberts Arts Foundation

Fook, Apps for iPhone, Interview Feature

2010                    

The Independent, 9th November 2010, feature: Which picture is by a famous artist? Answers on a postcard by Rob Sharp

Re-title.com, Artist focus-Painting, July 2010

2009                    

Migration, Garageland 9, Transition Editions

Fringe MK Annual Painting Prize 2009, Exhibition Catalogue

Soft, Science Fiction and Space Travel, Issue One

Fault Line, Sarah Ellson, Exhibition Catalogue Bow Arts

A-N Magazine, issue June 2009, feature: Inside the Studio

2008                    

John Moores 25 Contemporary Painting Prize, Exhibition Catalogue

The Shoreditch Map, Issue September 2008, Interview Feature Education