Louise Boulter

Bournemouth, UK

I studied fine art at Wimbledon School of Art and during my time there I developed a great interest in…

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I studied fine art at Wimbledon School of Art and during my time there I developed a great interest in mark making and landscapes. Gradually through the years my work has evolved from this into an interest in depictions of people and animals. I constantly sketch and observe the human and animal characters around me and I am fascinated by the complex and often comical nature of these interactions. I also enjoy the humanisation of animals which stems back to dressing up the farm animals in fancy clothes (I grew up around animals in rural Hampshire). I have recently been working with old sayings, researching their origins, which I take with a pinch of salt, and then add my own twist to them.

I enjoy creating obscure and fantastical environments in which my characters and animals interplay, I like the viewer to feel like they have just walked into a surreal environment, someone else’s dream, in which they are drawn into the details and narratives that unfold before them.

I begin my working process with black ink in a monochromatic format, nothing beats the simplicity of pen to paper, then after I add colour, sometimes real paint, sometimes digitally. In the past year I have discovered the bamboo electronic tablet, which has given me the freedom to digitally create marks and textures on top of the images without feeling precious and nervous about it.

Here are links to some recent projects:
http://apeonthemoon.com/2012/07/21/louise-boulter-from-fine-art-expressionism-to-narrative-illustration/

http://creativeboom.co.uk/inspiration/louise-boulter/

http://file-magazine.com/blog/louise-boulter

Exhibtions include: The Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol in 2010, Vaad
Gallery, Birmingham in 2009 for ‘Inky Goodness “Wonderland”’, and
Hampstead Literary Festival.
My clients include: Bratt and Suzie (Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Joy),
Wallpapered.com, Trole Industries, Dreamboat Records.

http://www.louiseboulter.co.uk/
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