About

Form and colour in motion – subject matter varies from night scenes of harbours, inspiration from dreams to recurring themes of the horse, including Zechariah's horses and The Horsemen of the book of Revelation.
Louise Barrett
Louise is a portrait painter and figurative artist whose work is probably best described as expressionist with form and colour in motion portraying various subject matter; night scenes of harbours, inspiration from dreams to recurring themes of the horse, including Zechariah's horses and The Horsemen of the book of Revelation. Some of her latest works are a series inspired by the dreamworld and are charged with symbolism of a religious nature.
Her strong connection with animals and the outdoors is apparent in much of her paintings and the horse features regularly in her work, also visits to early Christian churches in Cappadocia, Turkey and the Catacombs in Rome also have an influence in her recent works.
She has exhibited widely in internationally and Ireland including the RHA annual exhibition and was an invited artist in 2017.
She has a piece in this years Royal Ulster Academy.
A member of the Limerick Figure Drawing Society, life drawing is an important part of her work and has a marked influence in recent figurative works and commissioned portraits.


Artist Statement

I paint freely and inspirations come from word, thought, images, and places I've been. Being able to create is a blessing and I see my role as artist as one that embodies all life and not confined to any one interpretation of experiences as such. I try to capture the 'essence' of my subjects and the idea I want to communicate is more important.
Also, as one matures my work has veered more towards conceptual pieces and find I tend to pose questions for myself of a philosophical nature that get translated on to canvas and I can lose myself in the process which is often a form of release for me.
Artist inspiration; Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Antonio Lopez Garcia, William Turner.