Overview

Louise Balaam is a painter of expressive gestural landscapes, representing the wilder areas of the British Isles - moorlands, marshes and the rocky coastlands of Cornwall and Pembrokeshire. Her paintings communicate an intense emotional response to the experience of being in the landscape. Her real obsession is the skies and the particularities of light they cast on the landscape beneath them. Earthy tones are brought into the sky and blues are brought into the land, blurring the distinction between the two. This creates a thread throughout the painting, recalling memories of light on water, the sea meeting the land and the reflective surface of water mingling with the earth of the river bed. Light is the crucial component of her paintings, dictating the emotional impact and atmosphere of the places she depicts. 

 

‘Everything is affected by light, reflecting back from the seam through the clean, clear air and constantly shifting and changing’ Louise Balaam 

 

The materiality and sensual qualities of oil paint are an important element of Louise’s process. Balaam is ‘fascinated’ by the way in which paint can express feelings that cannot be put into words, somehow conveying an emotional resonance through the ‘mysterious process of painting’. The materiality of the paint adds another layer to her representations of the land - painting its colours in pigments derived from the earth itself. Balaam uses what she refers to as ‘coloured mud’ to evoke the space and light of the landscape, responding to the elemental opposition of land and sky. 

 

Louise Balaam is a member of the New English Art Club (NEAC) and of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) and she has an MA in Fine Art. Her work is held in many private collections in both the UK and internationally, and she has been represented by Cadogan Contemporary since 2010.

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Biography

Head of Painting, The New School of Art
Academician of the Royal West of England Academy
Member of the New English Art Club

 

Education
2007  MA Fine Art, Christchurch University College, Canterbury
2002 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2021  'Seizing the Light', Cadogan Contemporary, London
2014 'A Westerly Approach', John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 RWA Annual Exhibition, Bristol (work exhibited since 2004)
2016 Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
2014 Royal Academy Summer Show, London (also in 2013, 2009-2011)
2011/10

Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, London 

 

Royal Society of British Artists, London 

2008/06

 Contemporary Work on Paper Fair, Royal Academy, London 

 

Awards
2010 Odin Trust Prize, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2007 Highly Commended, Chichester Open Art Exhibition

 

 

 

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