Approved: 16.08.2006

Louise Bristow

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

My current paintings involve creating constructed arrangements, reminiscent of stage sets, which I then use as the starting points for paintings. This process allows me to use different collage elements, such as my own photographs or found images from books and magazines, as well as three-dimensional models I have made of real or imagined buildings and architectural details. There is a narrative element to much of my work. I am inspired by everyday things that I find around me, and how these things express bigger ideas; graffiti on a wall in a street communicates one person's political dissent, and the design and imagery of a tiny postage stamp can encapsulate a nation's ruling ideology. In terms of theme, I am interested in modernism, architecture, history and the landscape of modern philosophical and political thought. My work enables me to process my thoughts about these themes and create a response. Influences Modernism, architecture, history and politics, iconography.

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  • Location: Brighton, South East
  • Activities: Studio practice
  • Categories: Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: collage, architecture, model, miniature, utopia, realism, construction, kiosk, Socialist Realism
 

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    Biography

    My current paintings involve creating constructed arrangements, reminiscent of stage sets, which I then use as the starting points for paintings. This process allows me to use different collage elements, such as my own photographs or found images from books and magazines, as well as three-dimensional models I have made of real or imagined buildings and architectural details. There is a narrative element to much of my work. I am inspired by everyday things that I find around me, and how these things express bigger ideas; graffiti on a wall in a street communicates one person's political dissent, and the design and imagery of a tiny postage stamp can encapsulate a nation's ruling ideology. In terms of theme, I am interested in modernism, architecture, history and the landscape of modern philosophical and political thought. My work enables me to process my thoughts about these themes and create a response. Influences Modernism, architecture, history and politics, iconography.

    The prints I make explore a slightly different (but related) area of interest - specifically books I've read which fascinate me in some way. I try to create a 'portrait' of the book within certain self-imposed limitations; each print is the same size and format, is made as a woodcut and is predominantly abstract.

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions
    2013 - Unofficial Paintings, De'Longhi Print Room, Pallant house Gallery
    2012 - The Old Market, Brighton Festival
    2009 - Geheime Verfürher/Hidden Persuaders, Laura Mars Grp., Berlin, Germany
    2009 - Hidden Persuaders, Permanent Gallery, Brighton
    1992 - One Person Show, Maze Studios and Galleries, Brighton

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - Fourteen Turns, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London
    2015 - This is Change, ONCA Gallery, Brighton
    2014 - The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
    2014 - (detail), Transition Gallery, London and H-Project Space, Bangkok
    2014 - Art14 London, showing with Laura Mars Grp.
    2013 - Self Made Worlds, Wimbledon Space, London
    2013 - Pre-Production, Occupy My Time Gallery, London
    2013 - East sussex Open 2013, Towner, Eastbourne
    2013 - 32 Paintings, Phoenix Brighton
    2012 - Knock on Wood, Schau Fenster - Schauraum für Kunst, Berlin
    2011 - Home Project, Traveling Motionless, Quay Arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight
    2011 - HOUSE Open, Regency Town House, Brighton
    2011 - Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool
    2010 - Hotel, The Artists Residence Hotel, Brighton
    2010 - Platonic, Kaleid Editions, London
    2010 - Zipor, Ziporim, Ziporra, Galerie Lichtpunkt, Münich, Germany
    2009 - Collaged: Tracey Eastham with Louise Bristow, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
    2009 - Floorplan, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 2009 - Hinterlands, Trafalgar Works, Portslade 2009 - Papieroffensiv, Public Space, Berlin, Germany
    2008 - Not For Your Eyes, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool
    2006 - Near Distance, Arena Gallery, Liverpool Biennial
    2005 - Emergency2, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
    2005 - Underworld (Voyager IV), Fringe Gallery, Brighton
    2005 - Voyager III, Maze Studios group show, Office de Tourisme and Musee Boucher-de-Perche, Abbeville, France
    2004 - Voyager II, Maze Studios group show, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
    2004 - Voyager, Maze Studios group show, Office de Tourisme, Abbeville, France
    2003 - Front Room, King Henry's Road, Lewes, East Sussex
    2003 - immaculate heart, Chapel Arts Centre, Newhaven
    2003 - Pure, Catto Contemporary Gallery, London
    2001 - Housebound, Maze Studios group show, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
    2000 - Parlour, Flat 4, 14 Lansdowne Place, Hove, East sussex
    1999 - Foreign Bodies, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
    1999 - Night and Day, Gardner Arts Centre, Sussex University, Falmer
    1998 - Brighton Up!, Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Touring to Frome and Cirencester
    1997 - New Contemporary Printmakers, The Charleston Gallery, Charleston, Near Firle, Lewes
    1997 - Osaka Triennale 1997, Print, Osaka, Japan
    1995 - Heads and Figures, James Hockey Gallery, Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham

    Residencies
    2007 - Animateur in Residence, Fabrica, Brighton