‘I WANT MY ART TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL GOOD’
With commissions from celebrities such as Sir Elton John and Rick Stein, artist Louise Dear’s work hangs in homes, restaurants and galleries around the world.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORK…I
began my career as a sculptor before moving on to painting and now create multi-layered works on aluminium panels. i start by sanding them, then i sprinkle on water and throw paint at it in vibrant, clashing colours. i love how the materials evolve on their own. i also use metallic paint, glitter and sequined shapes. For the next stage, i measure, rule and mask the panels, then rub in oil pigments and gilt creams, creating stripes to order and define the chaos. i then overlay fine lines of 24-carat gold leaf – they’re so fine they’re barely noticeable until set alight by a shard of sunlight. Finally, i’ll project an image onto the panel and render it in enamels, applied with a brush.
HOW DO PEOPLE REACT TO YOUR ART?
happily, people love them. my biggest collectors have up to 18 pieces in their homes.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
i’m working with Victoria Plum Bathrooms to create a bespoke Louise Dear collection of baths, basins and shower screens. i also work with Daisy Green collection and have just created a series of works for the scarlett Green soho restaurant, and more are planned.
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BUY ART FOR THEIR HOMES?
Buy from the heart. you’ll be looking at it every day so choose something you love.
YOU CAN VIEW WORK BY XIII UNTITLED AT RUNWAY-GALLERY.COM AND BOOK SOHO SALON SUPPER CLUB TICKETS, £45 EACH, AT DESIGNMYNIGHT.COM.