Louise Ritchie PPSSA

Website: http://www.louiseritchie.com

Email: cory177@aol.com

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Heads, stitch on newsprint and hoop, 8 inch diameter

Pixel Threads, thread+paint on 100 canvases, 70cm x70cm

Broad Stroke, acrylic on canvas, 20x20 inch

A Serious Woman, stitch on newsprint contruction, 8inch diameter


My work revolves around an ongoing series of responses to real and imagined environments. The paintings are not representational but are more a memory of those places, influenced by the emotions and events of the time. They aim to stimulate and provoke thoughts that draw empathy from the viewer. The process of painting for me is about constructing atmospheric spaces where light and colour are layered and punctuated by motifs that allow the eye to travel in and around the painting. The physicality of paint, the variety of scale and surfaces, are all integral to the development of my work and which provides a flexible framework which has developed into a very personal visual vocabulary and expressive dialect. This language composes itself in the way that a piece of music is gradually built up with melody and harmony. Colour expresses the dynamics of loud and soft, while rhythm and balance promote a sense of movement and pace. As a counterpoint to this I employ visual metaphors and symbols derived from my travels and experiences harmonized with my own formal training in music, to lend a sense of both landscape and drama to the work. These symbols represent elements such as heat, sun, water, patterns in land and sea and also architectural forms and motifs such as arches and bridges. Added to that I explore surfaces and textures that give a tactile quality that can be fragile, violent, energetic, sensual and ambiguous within the same piece. The paintings are composed so as to have an initial impact that draws the viewer into this metaphorical space and then leads them through the pictorial pathways that connect the layers and motifs together. With all these components combined I aim to create a work that is intriguing and dynamic and which portrays a range of dimensions from the spatial to the emotional that expresses something of me and my continuing analysis and interpretation of my environment.


Louise Ritchie is currently Artist in Residence at Angus Council, Lecturer at Contemporary Arts Practice Degree Programme UWS/City of Glasgow College and is funded by Creative Scotland/ Paul Hamlyn Foundation as a co founder of Participatory Artists network TRiGGER. Louise gained a BA(Hons)Fine Art and Post Grad Diploma at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee. She has won several major awards including the Glasgow Art Club Fellowship, RGI (1998), the Scottish Art Club Award (1997), and the Millar Homes Paris Scholarship Citie Des Artes (1990). She has exhibited widely, including a solo show 'Land Light Vision' at Glasgow's Compass Gallery (1996), and at the London and Glasgow Art Fairs. Louise was also nominated for the Millar Homes Young Artist of the Year Award (1990 & 1991), and has work in several major collections including, the Mirror Group, London, Dundee District Council and Fife Regional Arts. She was elected to serve on the Council of the SSA, the Society of Scottish Artists in 1998, and has taught in academic institutions in Glasgow and Dundee. Louise has worked on projects as a performer within the installation 'Killing Time', a collaboration between artist Graham Fagen and Suspect Cultures Graham Eatough at Dundee Contemporary Arts (2006) and as a voice and vocal coach for Speaking The Land for Dalziel + Scullion. Louise has also worked on public art commissions for Angus Council and Dundee City Council.


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