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Louise Howard

Painter

A fine art painter for nearly two decades, Louise Howard has had solo and group shows in Australia, California and London. Louise’s work is mainly focused on the human form of ‘normal people’, with particular attention paid to capturing melancholy and strength through the face.

Louise has a quest to capture the unconventional beauty, the unusual subjects that seemingly embody darker emotions in order to create more universal images that people can relate to. That is not to say that the apparent melancholy does not have an undertone of strength – and some paintings embody that characteristic more obviously than others. Overall, Louise strives to imbue the subject within a juxtaposition of both vulnerability and strength, in varying degrees.

On a different level, a humorous association is always present, creating a rather interesting contrast with the intense and sombre portraits. This comic relief exists via the abstract brushstrokes and almost childlike representation of parts of the body; via a cartoonish hand holding a cigarette while the pains of life are etched in the subject’s face, making the painting more visually digestible.

For Louise, these observations are mere side notes. Based on an idea of subjectivity and allowing her painting to have a life of its own, Louise is not interested in imposing her beliefs or ideas onto the viewer. Rather, the artist works as a tool for the audience to be in touch with the work. The paintings exist for the viewer to take exactly what they choose from them.

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Selected
artworks

Preamble , 2021

Oil on panel 122 x 107 cm Unique edition
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On High , 2021

Oil on panel 122 x 91 cm Unique edition
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Only You , 2021

Oil on panel 122 x 107 cm Unique edition
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Remit , 2021

Oil on panel 122 x 107 cm Unique edition
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Soup , 2021

Oil on canvas 61 x 46 cm Unique edition
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One , 2021

Oil on canvas 38 x 48 cm Unique edition
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