Cicada 3: Tosena by Alex Louisa
10″ x 8.75″ x 1.75″, Oil on Cradled Birch Panel
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: Collection of Curiosities: Alex Louisa & Roland Tamayo from November 21st to December 15th, 2015
Previous exhibitions at Flower Pepper Gallery:
- Xiong Mao from April 11th to May 12th, 2015
- 3rd Year Anniversary Show from December 6th, 2014 to January 6th, 2015
Artist Statement About This Exhibition:
“Endlessly inspired by nature, Alex Louisa loves to pair highly detailed subjects next to unexpected backgrounds, such as geometric patterns, experimental splashy abstracts, or the sheer beauty of untouched woodgrain. This current body of work (comprised of four mini-series of works) has allowed Alex to explore her love of oil painting with the smallest of brushes, the suspense of watching the unpredictable mingling of acrylic paint and water on the surface of a piece, and the endless mark-making capabilities of lone charcoal. Each piece is linked in its feature of a winged subject, all drawn or painted either from a still life or the artist’s own photographs.”
- Alex Louisa
Brisbane-based Alex Louisa graduated with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing, before the need to create firmly pulled her attention back to her art. Having worked as a graphic artist for eight years, she now focuses solely on her personal work.
In 2008 she had her first solo exhibition at Jugglers Art Space in Brisbane, and has been involved in a number of group shows throughout Australia since then. Her work is now reaching an international audience as a member of the PRISMA Collective, showing with a selection of 30 artists from around the world. Her work has been published in Curvy and Semi-Permanent.
Often experimenting with mixed media, especially in the backgrounds of her works, Alex mainly works with drawing materials or oils, currently with a shift towards larger works. She focuses on elements of the natural world that grab her attention – discovering the intricacies of a leaf or flower, or trying to capture an animal’s individual personality, especially those of the avian kind.
Alex grabs every moment she can to work on her artwork, throwing herself into her painting or drawing any moment that her twin baby boys are asleep.
“I am a collector. I have a huge box of items that have been gathered through my wanderings – feathers, leaves, seedpods, lichen, shells, insects and bones – and I look forward to drawing and painting them all. By sharing the natural elements that captivate me the most, I hope to encourage everyone to take a closer look at their surroundings – whether it be a bird on a branch above their head, or the dried leaves beneath their feet – and to find the intricate details that may have previously evaded their eyes.
I have found that I like to take something very small, and represent it at a much larger scale so these details can really be exposed. By experimenting with a combination of soft-focus and highly detailed areas, I can draw the viewer’s eye to the area that captivates me most, like the tiny layered feathers on the wing of bird no larger than your thumb.
And it is always feathers that captivate me the most. My first word was ‘bird,’ and I have been enamoured with the creatures ever since.” – Alex Louisa
On Hi-Frustose by Caro on August 13, 2015-Alex Louisa’s Pastel Works Examine Small Details in Nature: http://hifructose.com/2015/08/13/alex-louisas-pastel-works-examine-small-details-in-nature/
Interview on October 22, 2015 – Space To Create: Artist Alex Tebb aka Alex Louisa: http://www.we-are-scout.com/2015/10/space-to-create-artist-alex-tebb-aka-alex-louisa.html
Artist Website: http://alexlouisa.com/