Louise Bradley explores drawing, printmaking 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. Employers 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 Solo exhibitions 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 Group exhibitions 2013 & 2015 - 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 Curated projects 2007 - The Museum of My Life, Galilee Chapel, Durham Cathedral, Durham, England Workshops 2006 - Rodin at the Royal Academy, St Anthony's Children's House, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne Projects 2007 - Drawing Dance, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear