Acrylic & oil on canvas
Dimensions: 91.4cm (H) x 91.4cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) / 36" (H) x 36" (W) x 1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This piece was exhibited as part of my LIFE Force exhibition and was presented in the FLOW section. It the boulder in a river which is a symbol of where we go in our minds when we are deep in meditation, present in the moment, in the state of our true selves and the world flowing over us. I build up in layers of acrylic and oil; the simplicity of the surface colours and composition belying the complexity of the explorations beneath. I paint abstract landscapes as colour-fields and my interest lies in what the environment around us makes us feel. I want the viewer to feel the experience of the painting in quiet contemplation.
Based in: London
Lou Hamilton is an artist, multi-award-winning filmmaker & podcaster. She makes abstract paintings, which aim to help create quiet, meditative spaces to live and work. Concerned mainly with the abstract & working with found materials, oils, natural pigments, wax, plaster & acrylic, Lou creates colourfields that explore chaos & calm through simple textures inspired by the landscape. Whether on paper, textile or canvas, they give a lens through which to view the world, a moment to stop, pause & consider, and find stillness.
In 2021 Lou was commissioned to make 117 colourfield paintings (each one 4ft x 4ft) on 55 of the 57 storey residential building One Park Drive, Canary Wharf, London.
In 2022 Lou was invited to exhibit her one woman show at The William Blake Gallery, Soho London, comprising of large-scale colourfield paintings on the theme of LIFE FORCE.
Lou’s grand-father was the figurative painter Geoffrey Tibble 1909-1952. He was one of the distinguished & influential group of artists that emerged from the Slade at the of the 1920’s and was a member of the Euston Road School of Painters. His work & archive papers can be seen at the Tate, and his paintings are in many collections around the world. In 1933 he with William Coldstream, Victor Pasmore & Rodrigo Moynihan founded the Objective Abstraction movement. It was short-lived but Lou has taken up the mantel through her work.
Lou grew up in the wild, open and ancient landscape of Wiltshire, and every year since childhood has spent summers amongst the scorched, saturated colours of South of France. For five years she lived and painted in the Lake District, Cumbria and South West Scotland. Now she has settled on an Island in London, surrounded by water, glass-clad buildings, and graffiti covered walls and textured, peeling surfaces. The light, texture & colours are an ever-changing source of inspiration. Her studio faces the same view that Turner painted, an influence not lost on her.
Lou’s paintings are inspired by landmass, aerial views, microscopic, energetic reflections of water, light, flags & urban textures. They might appear as simple bands of colour, in a 3-act structure, that bely the depth of surface, or scratched sgraffito layered works that allow the colours & underpainting to show through the cracks & broken surface. She uses palette knives and scrapers to make marks & lines trailing across the surface. Working first with vigorous, energetic textural strokes in acrylic, then manipulating the surface with veils of acrylics or oils mixed with organic walnut oil, wax medium & sometimes plaster, she builds up layers until they start to resonate and ‘hum’. At that point she knows she’s hit the sweet spot. Her aim is to create a deep expression of landmass or city scars or aerial mapping at an elemental level.
Her favourite artists are Sean Scully, Mark Rothko, Anton Tapies, Agnes Martin, Richard Deibenkorn & James Turrell .
She is also the author & creator of the book of illustrations “Brave New Girl” & the self-coaching book FEAR LESS both published by Orion Spring. Her latest book is DARE TO SHARE published 2021.
Lou is the host of BRAVE NEW GIRL podcast globally ranked top 2.5% of podcasts.
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