Luisa Holden

I grew up in North Wales and studied Fine Art at the North Wales Institute of Fine Art in Wrexham but have spent most of my adult life in Yorkshire.

I would describe myself as a contemporary expressionist painter, working spontaneously in a semi abstract/abstract style. My work often features the North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire, Northumberland and Cornish coastlines and still life. Working primarily in acrylics & mixed media, I favour a muted, unifying colour palette and subtle mixes. I enjoy capturing light and atmosphere preferring to get the ‘sense’ of a picture rather than relating 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 solo shows at Beningbrough Hall near York & the Helmsley Arts Centre. I have exhibited with the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries in London 2015 & 2016 and 2020 (online), the Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral (2015), Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (2018), LFA Showcase 2019 (Huddersfield Art Gallery) & LFA Dean Clough 2018/19). In 2017 and 2018 I took part in York Open Studios. I have collections of work in the US, Sweden, Germany and Eire.

Email address: Luisa Holden