Louise Bradley explores drawing, printing and painting as well as digital media. She works initially directly from life, focusing on line, structure, emotion and symbolism to create a powerful presence of the subject, whether it is a portrait, figure or still life.
Recent work has been developed by making automatic drawings which are drawings made without looking at the drawn surface, often with the paper stuck on the underside of a table.
This enables a return to a state of innocence and a sense of intimacy about what is drawn, as well as a condensation resulting in a representation of the essence of the subject. Lines represent the movement of the eyes, the eyes trace the contour of the subject like the fingers.
Paintings are then made using the drawings in much the same way: without looking at the painting when making marks, which are then developed. Subjects are chosen for their organic sensual qualities.
Screenprints made at Northern Print use drawn and papercut images to form new compositions.
Artist in education
Louise's expertise is in enabling the development of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and collage, looking at imagery, expression, symbolism and mark-making, as well as traditional and experimental drawing skills and techniques, with an emphasis on exploration and enjoyment.
BALTIC, The Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead as Freelance Artist (Learning) Artichoke for Lumiere Festival, Durham 2011 Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland as Freelance Artist (Learning/Education) Action for Children for Tate Britain and the Royal Academy exhibitions as well as Sanctuary project 2012 Newcastle and Gateshead Councils Arts Development Teams The Forge as well as many schools, community groups and diverse and exciting projects and festivals.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2000 - City & Guilds 7307 – Adult and Further Education Teaching Certificate , Kenton College, Newcastle
1989 - Degree in Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, Newcastle upon Tyne
2008 - Louise Bradley at 36 Lime Street, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ
2007 - Freeflow, Gateshead Gallery, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road
2013 - Printfest, Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 7LZ
2012 - Northern Footprints (Toffee Factory Purchase Prize), Northern Print, Newcastle
2011 - display with John Cecil Stephenson exhibition, Durham Art Gallery, DURHAM
2011 - Inaugural group show, Birdcage Gallery, Newcastle
2009 - Art Sale, Globe Gallery, Newcastle
2007 - Open Studios Exhibition - selling from studio, 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ
2006 - "The Human Zoo" - group show, work on the theme of people, University Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2004 - "Fragment" - exhibition of exploratory digital prints/drawing, Globe Hub Gallery, North Shields, Tyne and Wear
2004 - Show with Brian Addison, Cluny Gallery, Cluny, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne
2007 - The Museum of My Life, Galilee Chapel, Durham Cathedral, Durham, England
2006 - Rodin at the Royal Academy, St Anthony's Children's House, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne
2007 - Drawing Dance, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear