► Louisa Burnett-Hall Water, aria and variations catalogue 2019 NEW EDITION

Louisa Burnett-Hall (born UK1965) focuses on the theme of water in her paintings and drawings. Running water studied at specific sites in different countries is the source of visual meditations by the artist, who examines the abstract lines in nature, casting them across the visually porous surface of her subject.

 

For Burnett-Hall, water is the means of bringing together many lines of enquiry, such as our perception of the visible and invisible, the notion of passing time and the ephemeral, the relationship of running water with its reflected environment, its underlying vital importance as part of the global environment and its expression of life both as metaphor and in reality. She considers the creation of her artworks to be poetic acts.

 

The paintings from the series ‘Reflections on Water’, presented in the exhibition ‘Vision for Future’ Living Tomorrow Art Space, Belgium, 28 June – 30 October 2019, come from the artist’s travels to Croatia. The Plitvice Lakes, an outstanding site of geographical and historical importance, marking the meeting point of ancient trade routes between east and west, are on the UNESCO World Heritage register.

 

Focusing on the visual purity of the lakes, Burnett-Hall explores the fluid properties of acrylic paint, pouring it onto the canvas to create intersecting masses, then ‘writing’ the patterns and rhythms of light formed by the current and reflections across the surface.

 

Direct contact with her material is essential to her working practice. She feels the physical need to touch the surface, working manually, creating her mark whether using fingers, rags, pens or other tools, appropriating the subject, making it personal.

 

Horizontal bands of neutral white paint frame the central image. These quiet zones allow the image to breathe, form ‘banks’ for the central flow and are also reference to stills taken from film — instants in time. Her approach seeks a carefully orchestrated balance between accident and control, force and fragility.

 

Louisa Burnett-Hall has her studio in Paris, France where she lives and works. She is part-time drawing tutor at ESAM Design School, Paris.

 

She obtained a Fine Art MA Hons. Degree from Edinburgh University — during this joint degree course she studied printmaking, painting and drawing at Edinburgh College of Art. Her choice of subjects in Art History has bearing on the subsequent development of her artwork: she studied the dynamic movement expressed in Russian Constructivism and by the British Vorticists. Mystery and a sense of past was found in Romanesque art, where visual clues must be searched for in the surface of the sculpted reliefs on church façades, the evidence obliterated by the physical damage of political revolution and weathering.

 

Surrounded by the rich rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, Burnett-Hall started to paint landscape. Her interest lay in the way the geological lines of the natural surroundings were integrated with man-made markings — present and past agricultural activity, the formations of cairns and archaeological structures wholly or partially covered with vegetation. It was through the practice of printmaking where the image was ‘turned around and back to front’ that Burnett-Hall found her approach to landscape, breaking the image down to its essential expression through mass and line.

Her move to France heightened her awareness of her quintessentially British heritage in her rapport with the landscape.

 

She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in many European countries: UK, France and Spain.

Her artwork has been met with warm acclaim when in 2014 she was invited by Qu Art to represent France in Suzhou, the ‘Venice of the East’, during the year of cultural exchange between the two countries.

Her work has since been shown in major public museums in China, such as Suzhou Art Museum and Xian Province Art Museum.

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Louisa Burnett-Hall, née en 1965 dans le sud de l’Angleterre, passe son enfance à Winchester, collectionnant plantes et fossiles, se promenant sur les remparts des vestiges néolithiques et marchant littéralement dans les ruisseaux des vallées.
Elle retrouve ses origines écossaises entre 1983 et 1988 pendant ses études d’art et d’histoire de l’art aux Beaux Arts et à l’Université d’Edimbourg.
Après deux ans de pratique à Londres, en 1990, elle part vivre et travailler à Paris.

Son œuvre est ancrée dans le monde visible, inspirée par les qualités abstraites de la nature : la calligraphie de la terre et de l’eau. Toujours à la recherche du genius loci, elle explore la symbiose des éléments et leurs états différents, les liens formels et les rapports abstraits entre l’ensemble et les parties. Elle précise : « Je suis fascinée par l’eau courante comme milieu spécifique et élément dans l’environnement, symbole de vie et de lumière, visible et invisible, mêlant temps présent et passé, peau vivante de surface aux multiples jeux des reflets. »

Ses techniques principalement utilisées sur papier sont l’encre, l’aquarelle, et l’acrylique pour leur fluidité, renforcées par la matière et les couleurs intenses du pastel à l’huile. Elle aime aussi peindre à l’huile sur toile.
Etudiante, elle admirait les œuvres plutôt sombres et dramatiques de John Piper, Graham Sutherland et Samuel Palmer.
« Après mon arrivée en France, j’ai pris conscience de mes liens avec la tradition du paysage de Grande Bretagne de par mon attachement profond, quasi viscéral, à la terre. »
« Aujourd’hui j’apprécie aussi les œuvres d’artistes comme Joan Mitchell, Henri Michaux, et les installations lumineuses de Yayoi Kusama, pour leurs formes désintégrées et flottantes. »

Voyager est essentiel à son travail. La découverte récente de l’Islande ont fait naître une nouvelle série d’œuvres, inspirées par la force impressionnante des paysages, la conscience d’être à la source de vie, le sentiment de l’équilibre fragile de son écosystème en présence d’une activité volcanique sous-jacente.

Louisa Burnett-Hall est diplomée en Fine Art M.A. Honours (Masters en Beaux Arts et l’Histoire de l’Art) à Edinburgh College of Art et Edinburgh University en 1988.

Médaille de la Ville de Paris 2009
Laureate Biennale Mairie VI, Paris 2008

2019 Qu Art Museum Suzhou China 

2016 Shaanxi Province Art Museum, Xian, China 

2016 Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China 

2014 Espace Qu Art, Flow, Suzhou, China 

2010 Prieuré Saint Vincent, Ode à L’Eau, Chartres 

2010 Amplio Conseil Private Show, Peintures, Lyon 

2009 Théâtre de Montparnasse, Les Cinq Eléments, Paris 

2008 La Galerie London, Waterlines, London 

2008 Galerie Atelier d’Emmanuelle, Résurgences, Liège 

2006 Galerie Atelier d’Emmanuelle, Plongée Contre Plongée, Liège 

2005 Inauguration Société Lauzarque, Retro, Pantin 

2004 Institut Arthur Vernes, Turbulences Infinies, Paris 

2004 ACR, Formations, Paris

 

2019 Vision for Future, Living Tomorrow Art Space, Belgium

2019 Translation, Salon du Vieux Colombier, Paris VIe

2018 Translation, Milton Gallery, St Paul’s School, London

2018 The Orangery, Holland Park, London

2017,18 Works on Paper Art Fair, Royal Geographical Society, London

2017,18 Kevis House Gallery, Petworth.

2015 Par Delà les Limites, Paris, Majorca, Minorca

2015 Oeuvres in Vitro, Picard et Epona, Paris

2013 Perception Pure, Espace d’Art Sol Mondo, Paris

2013 La Maison de Thé George Cannon, Paris

2013 Poetica, Paris

2012 Arty Street Show, Galerie JBC1, Saint Ouen

2012 La Galerie London, London

2011 Maison de Thé George Cannon, Paris

2011 The Coach House Gallery, Great Missenden

2011 Carina Haslam Art, Bristol

2011 Carina Haslam Art, London

2011 Poetique de l’Infini, Salon du Vieux Colombier, Paris VIe

2011 La Galerie London, London

2010 Exposition des Lauréates, Mairie du 6e, Paris

2010 Intentional Abstraction, La Galerie London, London

2010 Peintures pour la Paix, Viaduc des Arts, Paris The Blenheim Gallery, London

2009 Carina Haslam Art, London

2008 Biennale, Mairie VI, Paris

2008 The Long Barn Summer Exhibition, Alton

2008 Salon Adaïs, Senlis

2007 Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris

2007 The Smithfield Gallery, London

2007 Galerie Atelier d’Emmanuelle, Liège, Belgique

2007 Mix It Up, Duo Show Mairie VI, Paris

2006 The Lennox Gallery, London

2006 Hôtel de Ville, Le Chesnay

2006 Espace Saint Pierre, Senlis

2004 Galerie Wolmark Art, Paris

2004 L’Orangerie, Marcoussis 91, Essonne

2004 Hôtel de Ville, Paris

2003 Salon d’Automne, Paris

2003 Galerie ‘L’ami des Lettres’, Bordeaux

1998 Hôtel de Ville, Paris

1995 Galerie Espace 64, Paris

1993 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London

1992 Holland Gallery, London

1992 Galerie Checura Forestier, Paris

1991 Holland Gallery, London

Suzhou Art Museum, Suzhou, China
Institut Arthur Vernes, Paris, France
Lauzarque, France
Panhard Groupe, France
Argan, France
Edinburgh University, Scotland
O.E.D.F. Overseas Economic Development Fund, London

2013 l’ENA hors les murs n°438 cover

2013 EL PAÏS online review

2013 l’ENA hors les murs n° 423 cover

2012 HOMES24 February, on cover

2012 FABRIC March illustration

2011 HOMES AND PROPERTY illustration and article ‘March events’ Barbara Chandler

2010 LA REPUBLIQUE CHARTRES 7th July illustration and review CR

2010 L’ECHO CHARTRES July illustration and review V. Pompier

2010 l’ENA hors les murs n° 399 cover

2008 LA JOURNAL DE LA MAISON illustration

2007 NOUVELLES RIVES GAUCHE n° 323 cover and review

2007 Thé ou Café TV France 2

2006 PROXILIEGE February illustration and review JP Keimeul

2005 NOTRE 6e n°187 cover. 2004 – l’ENA hors les murs n° 346 cover

1999 ’ENA hors les murs n° 297 cover