LOUISE SHERIDAN

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



Louise Sheridan had been my student in her first year at art school, so I was determined to see her graduation show three years later at what is now Kingston University. I was totally unprepared for the organized chaos that met me: coloured ropes, a vending machine full of multicoloured items… I left her a note to say how much I was impressed, and that if she were to contact me after my return from Canada in a year’s time I would see if I could be of any help with her career. About three years later, Louise phoned and offered to show me the paintings she had done In India. She came into the art school where I was teaching and unrolled these paintings on the floor, like carpets. And like carpets they were rich in incident, pattern and color, but above all the texture of the daphne bark paper which she still uses, provided an uneven and extraordinarily physical surface. Later we shared a studio and founded an exhibiting group (MM Arts).


The particularity of Louise’s art is her position outside the established canons. Not exactly an ‘Outsider’, (impossible after her art education), she nonetheless shares with those artists a need to express herself without the constraints of style. The result is an art which communicates very directly with the spectator, reminds him or her of things seen or felt, in the most natural way possible.


Some artists, (and I think I am one of them) present fragments from which a world can be extrapolated. Others, Bosch, Brueghel, Turner, Paul Klee, Dubuffet, for instance, create a world in each work. It is true also of Louise Sheridan. Her works have been, since her first travels in India, densely filled with incident. They constitute an invitation to pass the barrier, enter her world, and be entranced.


Louise Sheridan has truly forged an authentic, individual way of transforming experience into art.


Oliver Bevan 2018



I make expressive paintings and collages on paper, 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. With the tide out the foreshore reveals the river's half hidden objects and structures that display it's history.


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; I enjoy the freedom it gives me.


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.


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 regularly exhibit and have completed commissions in the UK and India.

I also work as an artist running workshops for special needs groups, currently in a secure forensic mental health unit.



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

2018     

Shortwave, London

Outpost, Bermondsey Artists' Group, Shortwave, London

2017     

Shortwave, London

Annual Open, CGP London

Tricks of the Light, Riverside Gallery, Richmond upon Thames

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