Louise Hearman

Louise Hearman

Louise Hearman (born 1963) is an artist from Melbourne who has been painting and drawing from a very young age. She attended Victorian College of the Arts from 1982-1984. She mostly paints with oil on masonite, though she does work with pastel and charcoal from time to time.

In 1991 her work was exhibited at Australian National University's Drill Hall Gallery in a solo show, "The corpreal body", whilst in 1993 she was chosen by the curators for that year's Australia Perspecta exhibition. Her work next gained recognition through an appearance on the short-list for the 1999 Contempora 5 award, whilst in both 2000 and 2005 she was exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia; in 2000 appearing in the "Uncommon World; Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art" exhibition which ran from 15 July until 22 Oct; and in 2005 within the "Big Spooks" exhibition. In 2007 her piece "Untitled #1158" was chosen for exhibition as part of the city of Sydney's Open Gallery exhibition, which described the roster of artists chosen as representing "leading Australian and international artists". [ [http://www.printsandprintmaking.gov.au/Catalogues/Artists/tabid/56/frmView/Record/itemID/10383/RID/404/JRID/484/Default.aspx HEARMAN, Louise] (catalogue search), printsandprintmaking.gov.au. Accessed 2007-10-09.] [cite web |url=http://www.niagara-galleries.com.au/artists/artistpages/theartists/other/bluechipVII/CatalogueNotes.pdf |title=blue chip ix catalogue notes|format=PDF |accessdate=2007-10-09|publisher=Niagara Galleries] [ [ Uncommon World] ; National Gallery of Australia (google cache). Accessed 2007-10-09] [ [http://www.nga.gov.au/BigSpooks/index.cfm Big spooks] ; National Gallery of Australia. Accessed 2007-10-09] [City of Sydney, [http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/artandabout/EE/OpenGallery.asp Open Gallery] ; 2007-09-24. Accessed 2007-10-09]

Artistic work

Hearman’s works are characterised by surreal juxtapositions, eerie light, and strong emotive emphasis. There are recurring themes of floating heads (both of the human and animal kind), sleek aeroplanes, floral close-ups, and limitless roads. Hearman is particularly vague about the meanings of her works, preferring to let the viewers make their own interpretations. This is why she leaves all her works untitled. Clarice Beckett has been identified by Australian arts writer, critic and broadcaster Bruce James as a possible influence on Hearman, James writing in "The Sydney Morning Herald" in 2002 that "Hearman's interest in uncanny situations and mind states can surely trace its pedigree back to Beckett's twilight zone.". [James, Bruce; " [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/07/09/1026185042987.html Paints in the handcart, fire in the soul] "; "The Sydney Morning Herald", July 10 2002. Accessed 2007-10-09]


External links

* [http://www.wolseleymedia.com.au/AP-Louise-Hearman.html Louise Hearman interview with Artist Profile magazine in 2008]
* [http://www.artlink.com.au/articles.cfm?id=2301 Artlink Journal review of Hearman's work]
* [http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/01/24/1042911545773.html 2003 review by The Age]
* [http://www.artlink.com.au/articles.cfm?id=2301 Artlink Journal review of Hearman's work as exhibited in the "Instinct" exhibition of 2004]
* http://www.artinfo.com.au/articles/read/louise-hearman-at-tolarno-galleries Artinfo.com.au review of 2007 Tolano Galleries exhibition by Tony Lloyd
* [http://www.roslynoxley9.com.au/artists/55/Louise_Hearman/ Archive of Louise Hearman works at the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery website]

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