Approved: 16.08.2006

Louise Sheridan

Artist, Gallery educator

Approved: 16.08.2006

'Louise Sheridan talks of fragments of a visual diary but these are fragments which have simmered and matured and found their place in a kaleidoscope of memories. These are paintings rich in their colour and darknesses, and resonant with the accumulations of time.'  Michael Harrison, Director, Kettle's Yard, 1992-2011

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  • Location: London
  • Artforms: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: bird, black, black & white, earth, evolution, white, works on paper, ink, black white, drawing, collage, elements, landscape, mixed media on paper, fireworks
 
 

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    Biography

    'Louise Sheridan talks of fragments of a visual diary but these are fragments which have simmered and matured and found their place in a kaleidoscope of memories. These are paintings rich in their colour and darknesses, and resonant with the accumulations of time.'  Michael Harrison, Director, Kettle's Yard, 1992-2011

    I make expressive paintings and collages on paper and canvas, drawings and small objects. 

    A series of works about the River Thames is ongoing. I have lived by the river for much of my life and find it visually fascinating. In the paintings I try to capture the powerful flow of water, the rise and fall of the tides, the depth and strength of the currents and the changing light, colour and atmosphere. Here in London, I see the river everyday in all weathers. I often walk along the foreshore and see half hidden objects and structures that reveal more about the history of the river. 

    Acrylic, ink, oil pastel and pencil are used on paper during my process of working, giving the work a layered quality. Sometimes with drawings and paintings cut up, reassembled and collaged together. Drawing is an important part of my thought process and the freedom of that mark making feeds into my painting.

    I completed a B.A. Hons. in Fine Art, Painting at Kingston Polytechnic and a Post-Graduate Course in Painting in Cyprus, assembling drawings, painted textiles within installations. 

    But the environment, images and colours I experienced on a five month trip to India and Nepal had a profound effect on my work. I continue to use the Nepalese textured and translucent hand made paper that I first discovered in the Himalayas.

    Since then my work has explored my interest in travel, memory and transience. In some pieces personal stories mix with imaginary landscapes. Organic forms transform and evolve. Paintings were completed after travels to South East Asia, China, Iceland and Cuba, including a recent series of work inspired by the amazing landscape and wildlife I saw in Costa Rica.

    I lived in Barcelona for a year gaining an M.A. in European Fine Art, Painting, at the Winchester School of Art, where I had time both to explore the city and to explore and experiment with different techniques. It was during this time that the wax reliefs and mixed media pieces began to emerge. 

    I am drawn to the work of Kiefer, Morley, Doig, Ayres, O'Keefe and particularly fascinated by Outsider Art/Art Brut and images from non European cultures.

    I regularly exhibit and have completed commissions in the UK and India. I also work as an artist/educator running workshops for special needs groups, currently in a secure forensic mental health unit and a prison.

    Please view my website to see more available work.

    CV & Education

    EXHIBITION CV

    Education

    1991-92 M.A. European Fine Art, Painting, Winchester School of Art,Barcelona

    1979      Cyprus College of Art

    1973-77 Kingston Polytechnic, B.A. Hons Fine Art Painting

     

    Selected Exhibitions

    2017  

    Annual Open, CGP London   

    Tricks of the Light, Riverside Gallery, Richmond

    Shortwave, London

    2016      

    Annual Open, CGP London

    2015      

    Pool, CGP London

    2013      

    Paper Bag, CGP London

    2011    

    Fragments, Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley

    Concretum, Dilston Grove, London

    2010      

    Something for the Weekend, The Biscuit Factory, London

    Indigo Arts, Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville

    2009      

    Rummage, CGP London  

    2007      

    Siobhan Davies Dance Studios London with Michele Fuirer

    MEME, A05, London

    A Higher Vision, SW1 Gallery, London

    2006      

    Janus, CGP London

    2005       

    Paintings in Hospitals, Menier Gallery, London

    2004       

    Cafe Gallery Projects, A Slither and A Slice, 20th Anniversary Show

    2003      

    Paintings in Hospitals Artbridge 2, Sheridan Russell Gallery, London

    2002-15 

    Annual Open, CGP London

    2001      

    The Mystical Landscape, Talisman Fine Art, The Institute of Child Health, London

    Sutton House, London

    2000      

    Thornton Bevan Fine Art, London with Jilly Szabo

    Medway Maritime Hospital

    Ark 2000, Dilston Grove, London

    Artplace, Arundel Festival

    1999      

    Bankside Browser, An Archive - part of a series of temporary art projects around the 

    future Tate Modern

    St. Mark's Hospital, Harrow

    Bank Street Gallery, Sevenoaks

    1998     

    '8 x 4', BAG show, Cafe Gallery

    Kunstbrucke Project, Cafe Gallery

    Bank Street Gallery, Sevenoaks

    Indigo Arts, The Atrium Gallery, London

    1997    

    Talisman Fine Art, London

    The Atrium Gallery, London

    1996      

    Bermondsey Artists Group Print Show, Cafe Gallery Projects, London

    1995-96 

    Rye Art Gallery

    1995      

    Thornton Bevan Fine Art, London

    Imperial Cancer Contemporary Art Exhibition, Christies

    The Pike Gallery, London

    The Art Show, Art House, London

    Southwark Open, South London Gallery

    Thornton Bevan Fine Art, London

    1994-96 

    Cable St Open Studios, in association with the Whitechapel Art Gallery

    1994      

    Guardian Art for Sale, London

    Making our Mark, Artist in Residence, the Artability Project, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

    The Artability Exhibition, Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells

    Post Decadence, 1984-1994, Cafe Gallery, London

    Artists for Romanian Orphans, Bonhams

     Artists in Spain, Rye Art Gallery

    1993    

    Cafe Gallery Projects, London

    The Towner Contemporary Art Market, Eastbourne

    1992      

    Winchester School of Art, Barcelona

    M.A. Degree Show, Winchester

    1991-94 

    Fortune Fine Art, London

    1991    

    The Orangery, London with Ron Henocq

    Four Women in Contemporary Art, Gallery 10

    1990    

    Soho Poly Theatre Gallery, London

    1990      

    Self Portrait Show, Cafe Gallery, London

    Secret Spaces in a Church, St Mary’s Church, London

    Woodlands Art Gallery, London

    1989      

    Argile Gallery, London

    Fragments x 5, Morley Gallery, London

    The Square Gallery, London

    William Hobbayne Gallery, Ealing

    1988    

    The Tavistock Centre, London

    Worcester Art Gallery with Phyllis Mahon

    Hill House Gallery, Alnwick

    Derby Art Gallery and Museum

    The Cowcross Project, Southwark Cathedral

    Fragments x5, Woodlands Art Gallery, London

    Christopher Hull Gallery, London

    Louise Hallett Gallery, London

    Sue Williams Gallery, London

    1987-97 

    MM ARTS exhibiting at Chapman Wong, Skillion, Banque Paribas,Whinney MacKay Lewis Partnership, Glassmill Skillion, Trace Computers, Oscar Woollens Interiors, Art 91 Business Design Centre, Art 91 Olympia, Turtle Key Gallery, Whiteleys, the Circus Brighton, Monty Python Prominent Studios, The Economist, National Theatre, The Pumphouse Battersea Park, St Davids Hall Cardiff, Poetry Society, Collier Bristow

    1987      

    Darlington Arts Centre

    Brewhouse Arts Centre, Taunton

    South London Art Gallery

    Myth, Dream, Landscape, Swiss Cottage Library Gallery

    Jablonski Gallery, London

    St Thomas Hospital, London

    1986      

    The Minories, Colchester

    Cafe Gallery, London

    L’Escargot, London

    South London Open, South London Art Gallery

    River Gallery, London

    Cafe Gallery Drawing and Print Open, London

    1984-86 

    New Paperworks, Art for Offices, London

    1984-01 

    Cafe Gallery Christmas Open, London

    1985      

    Nene College, Northampton

    Peterborough Art Gallery

    Adam Gallery, London

    Paintworks, London

    1984      

    Derby Hall Arts Centre, Bury

    The Actors Institute Gallery, London

    Lady Lodge Arts Centre, Peterborough

    Bakehouse Gallery, London

    British Artists in Italy

    Open Studios, Cowcross Studios, London

    London Group Open Exhibition, Royal College of Art

    1983/84 

    The Camden Annual, Camden Arts Centre, London

    1982/83 

    Hand Paper making, London College of Printing

    The Whitechapel Open

    Reality and Imagination, Essendine Art Centre, London

    1982-94 

    The Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges

    1982      

    Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield

    1981/82 

    Moira Kelly Fine Art, London

    Cleveland International Drawing Biennale

    1979      

    Cyprus College of Art, British Council, Paphos/Nicosia

    1976      

    Stowells Trophy, Royal Academy

     

    Collections

    Sheffield City Art Galleries

    Lady Lodge Arts Centre, Peterborough

    The Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges

    Camden Picture Loan Scheme

    TVi Ltd

    Electra Management Services

    Sedgwick Group Properties Ltd

    St Marys College of Education

    Alnwick CE Aided First School Gallery

    Banque Paribas

    Whinney MacKay-Lewis Partnership

    The Towner Art Gallery Collection, Eastbourne

    Serco Ltd

    Paintings in Hospitals

    Private collections in Britain and India

     

    Commissions

    2003      Paintings in Hospitals

    1999/00 The Adamson Centre for Mental Health, St. Thomas' Hospital, London

    1996      Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

    1986      Maudsley Hospital, London

     

    Grants

    1996      Jacob Mendelson Scholarship Award

    1993      London Arts Board

    1988      E. and W. Arts

    1986      Exhibition grants from GLA and E Arts

    1985      Southwark/GLA Artists Grant

    1984      Exhibition grant from NW and E Arts

     

    Publications

    Interviews with the Artists, CV Publications 1993

    Women Artists Diary

    Artists and Illustrators Magazine

    Kunstbrucke catalogue, Berlin/London 1998

    Paintings in Hospitals, Artbridge 2  2003