‘I WANT MY ART TO MAKE PEO­PLE FEEL GOOD’

Country Homes & Interiors - - COUNTRY HOMES & INTERIORS PARTNERSHIP -

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.

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