Collector’s Choice: Louise Balaam




If you like expressionistic landscape painting, then Louise Balaam’s work may really appeal to you. She uses natural colors to capture a tempestuous movement. With bold brush strokes and strong contrast, she creates an active, painterly surface that roils with thunderous motion.

Whether she paints land or sea, diagonal movements with broad brush strokes characterize her work. A very Baroque approach to painting, her work is full of drama, high contrast and turbulent movement.


She veers into more abstract work, characterized by more exaggerated movements and contrast. Boldness and passion reign throughout each image, capturing a vision expressed through forceful currents of undulating paint.


Beauty of natural forces abound and leave the view longing to dive into each painting’s force field of color and form.




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Artist Statement by Louise Balaam


My work is inspired by an emotional response to the natural world, in particular to the quality of light, which is a vital part of the mood of the paintings. I draw in the landscape and then paint intuitively in the studio, so that the work both has a sense of place, and yet can also evoke memories and personal interpretations in the viewer. There is a sense of intimacy and intensity, and the idea of a glimpse into a remembered reality. My paintings relate to the English landscape tradition – Constable’s oil sketches are an important influence.

I like the sensuality and depth of colour of oil paint, used in direct and gestural brushstrokes, which assert the materiality of the oil paint and of the painting’s surface. I often work in oil on panel, which allows me to scratch into the wet surface. The meaning of the work emerges from the language of paint, which is allowed to be itself before it is a description of something. I am fascinated by the capacity of paint to express things which cannot be put into words: a mysterious process takes place whereby the marks of the brush work on a subtle level, setting up an emotional and poetic resonance.

I paint intuitively, so the painting becomes an entity in its own right which starts to make its own demands – in a sense, it begins to answer back.

© Louise Balaam



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About Louise Balaam  

2005-7 Christchurch University College, Canterbury
MA Fine Art
1997-2002 Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury
BA (Hons) Fine Art
Solo Exhibitions
2015 Cadogan Contemporary, London SW7
2014  John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos
2012 John Davies Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos
2010,2011,2013 Cadogan Gallery, London SW7
2008 Trinity Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
2007 “Response”, Ashford Library Gallery
2005 “A Sense of Place”, Portico Gallery, Sevenoaks
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 20/21 Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London SW7
2008,9,10,13, 14 Royal Academy Summer Show, London
2014,15 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, SW1
2004-7, 2009-15 New English Art Club,  Mall Galleries, London
2004-2015 Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, Bristol
2014,15 Summer Show, Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2014 “Little Gems”, Mall Galleries, London SW1
2014 “Quintet”, White Space Gallery, Totnes, Devon
2014 Joint show, Hilton Fine Art, Bath
2012,2013,2014 Josephine Harpur, Bury St Edmunds and Aldeburgh
2012-15 Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2012,2014 Hilton Fine Art, Bath
2012,2013 Russell Gallery, Putney, London
2012 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Cadogan Gallery
2009, 2011 Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, London
2005-11 Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2009,10 Royal Society of British Artists, London
2005-11 Gallery shows, White Space Art, Totnes, Devon
2009,10 Two-person show, Ruthven Gallery, Scotland
2007-11 Group shows, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
2005-10 Gallery shows, Alan Kluckow Fine Art, Sunningdale
2007 Contemporary Work on Paper Fair, Royal Academy, London
2005, 2007 Chichester Open Art Exhibition, Sussex
2005 Hunting Art Prize Exhibition, London
2002-3 “Fresh Art,” Islington, London
2010 Odin Trust Prize, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2007 Highly Commended, Chichester Open Art Exhibition
2011 Elected  Academician of the Royal West of England Academy
2011 Elected Member of the New English Art Club




Pink Cloud, Dartmoor

Pink Cloud, Dartmoor




Drawing by Louise Balaam





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