I grew up in North Wales and studied Fine Art at the North Wales Institute of Fine Art but have spent most of my adult life in Yorkshire.
I would describe myself as a contemporary expressionist painter, working spontaneously in a largely semi abstract style. My work often features the North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire & Northumberland coastlines and still life. Working primarily in acrylics & mixed media, I sometimes employ geometric/cubist elements and favour a muted, unifying colour palette. I enjoy capturing light and atmosphere preferring to get the ‘sense’ of a picture rather than describe too much detail.
“I work from studies, colour notes etc and always have an overall plan for a painting but I frequently partially abandon my initial plan and just ‘dive in’, making sense of form and colour in the process and allowing the painting to evolve. If a painting gets too representational it gets taken back and ‘destroyed’ in order maintain an edginess and authenticity. I like to score through wet paint to break up areas and I increasingly use mixed media alongside acrylic paints and textured mediums to keep the paint fresh and exciting”.
My work has been exhibited widely throughout Yorkshire, including a solo show at Beningbrough Hall near York and more recent exhibitions have included the Society of Women Artists Summer Show at the Mall Galleries in London (2015 & 2016), the Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral (2015), and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2018). In 2017 and 2018 I took part in York Open Studios.
Email address: Luisa Holden