Project Description

Louise Blyton

b. Melbourne, Australia

Louise Blyton is a reductive artist exploring the romance of raw linen and dry pigment. The artist’s geometrically shaped canvases explore color, light, and form through the visual language of Reductivism, an aesthetic style characterized by streamlined compositions, restricted color, and a reduction of form and means. Identifying with Reductivism’s simplicity, Blyton’s shaped canvases and three-dimensional wall sculptures elevate craftsmanship and process, achieving a compositional clarity that unifies color and form.

To construct her works, Blyton covers custom built balsa wood stretchers with raw linen, adorning them with layers of pure pigment or acrylic paint. Each pigment reacts differently to raw linen and requires a specific number of coats to reach the artist’s desired level of saturation. As the artist explains, “I’m always looking for a kind of quietness and harmony when making my works even if the color being used is loud.”

The artist creates her own spatial dimension by manipulating the shape of the canvas, which escapes from the flat surface of the wall, confusing its role as a painting. “Rather than responding to the architecture they ask particular attributes of the building to act as support,” as some works appear to climb the surface of the walls, while others straddle columns and corners.

Louise Blyton lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia in 1988. Her works are held in significant corporate and private collections in Australia, China, France, United Kingdom, Portugal, and the United States. Since 2000, Blyton has run an artist supply store called, St. Luke Artist Colourman, which specializes in professional paint and raw materials, with her husband David Coles.

1988           BFA, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

2013           Dame Joan Sutherland Fund
2010           Blake Prize, Finalist
2005           Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Finalist, Sydney
2004           The ANL Maritime Art Prize, Finalist, Melbourne
1988           Mornington Printmaking Prize, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington
1988           Fremantle Printmaking Prize, Perth

2019           Factory 49 Paris Residency, Paris, France
2014           Factory 49 Paris Residency, Paris, France
2013           Point B Studio Residency, New York, NY
2008           Redgate Studio Residency, Beijing, China

2019           Little Daydreams (petites reveries). Factory 49 Paris, Paris, France
2019           Swan to Swan, Five Walls Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019           All the Birds are Singing, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
2018           Butterflymilk NY, 57WS7Arts, New York, NY
2018           Red. Black and Blue, Five Walls, Melbourne, Australia
2018           The Alliance, with Cat Poljski, Neospace, Melbourne, Australia
2016           Bonbons & Cameos, Factory 49 Paris Pop Up, Paris, France
2016           Little Perhaps, ARCADE. Melbourne, Australia
2016           The Bride of Quietness, 120 Langford Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015           Pared, St. Heliers, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Australia
2014           Studio Works Point B Residency, New York, NY
2013           To Where When Lingers, Factory 49, Sydney, Australia
2012           Long Loves Days, Factory 49, Sydney, Australia
2011           Sugarland, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2010           I Carry Your Heart, Motor Works, Melbourne, Australia
2010           Pollen, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009           Cloak, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2009           Kobold Cave, Mailbox 141, Melbourne, Australia
2008           Sweet Delirium, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2008           Redgate Open Studio, Beijing, China
2004           Butterflymilk, Dante’s Upstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2002           Recent Works, Ume Nomiya, Melbourne, Australia
2000           Recent Works, Fire Station Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1990           Prints and Paintings, York Street Press Melbourne, Australia

2020           Pigment, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2020           IMAGE_OBJECT, MOFO, Pomona Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
2019           Drawing Now, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
2019           Shades of Grey, Tacit Galleries, Melboume, Australia
2019           MOFO, Poimena Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia
2018           Of Colour and Light, Westend Art Space, Melbourne. Australia
2018           Infinite Worlds/Infinite Probabilities, University of Southern Queensland Art Gallery, Darling Heights, Australia
2018           Support Structures, La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo, Australia
2018           MONOCHROME: Empty & Full, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2018           Abstraction Twentyeighteen, 120 Langford, Melbourne, Australia
2018           Colour Run, Braemar Gallery, Springwood, Australia
2018           ICONS W\ 13, KNO (Kyiv Non Objective), Mikhail Bulgakov Museum, Kiev, Ukraine
2018           Structure Games, Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Paris Franco
2018           Vivid, C&B Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2018           Summer Mixer, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
2018           PULSE Miami, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
2018           Superposition, curated by Johnny Abrahams, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY
2017           Downshifting. Denver. CO
2017           Shades of Grey, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
2017           Chromatopia – A History of Colour, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
2017           Visions of Utopia, Penrith Regional Art Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, NSW, Australia
2016           Visions of Utopia. Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW, Australia
2016           Shades of Grey, Tacit Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
2016           Of Colour and Light – Abstraction in Victoria, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015           Magical, curated by Rona Green, Neo Space, Melbourne, Australia
2014           Tangible, curated by lan Wells and Louise Blyton. Trocadero ArtSpace, Melbourne, Australia
2013           Colour In, 120 Langford, Melbourne, Australia
2012           The Subjective Object, Paris CONCRET, Paris, France
2012           Show White, Black Arts Project, Melbourne, Australia
2011           Monochrome, Everything Nothing Projects, Canberra, Australia
2011           Saturation Point… International Survey of Reductive Art, Acquire Gallery, London, England
2010           Network, Ballarat Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2010           52, curated by Rona Green Geelong Gallery, Geelong, Australia
2009           The Shilo Project, curated by Chris Mc Auliffe, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Parkville, Australia
2009           Reductive, curated by David Hagger, ACGA Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia
2009           Hybrid, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Melbourne. Australia
2007           50 Exhibition, curated by Rona Green, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, Australia
2005           Melbourne Abstraction, Red Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2005           All Creatures Great and Small, Motorworks Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2004           Impressions, Australia Print Workshop, Melbourne. Australia
2004           A4 Art, Westspace Inc., Melbourne, Australia
2003           White Cube Project, Dante’s Upstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2003           DeConstruction, Dante’s Upstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2003           Cool, Brett Ballard Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2002           New Works, Cube Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2001           Abstraction: Spirit, Light, Pure Form, curated by Charlie Sheard, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2001           Delicious, Melbourne, Australia
2000           Nesting, Fire Station Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1999           Soft Geometry, Upstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1997           Open Space Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1992           Irish Republic, Irish Embassy, London
1990           11, York Street Press, Melbourne, Australia
1989           Group Show, York Street Press, Melbourne, Australia

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