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.

EDUCATION
1988
BFA, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
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
RESIDENCIES
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
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
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
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
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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