Louise Walker


Louise attended Wimbledon School of Art, in the late sixties and early seventies, having gained her Pre Diploma at Oxford Brooks, then Headington technical College.


She had a very successful career in the Television and Film Industries as a costume designer working with such actors as Benny Hill to Sir Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates to the wonderful Denholm Elliott, on such diversifying programmes as Kenny Everett to Agatha Christie.


Coming from a family impregnated with architects, artists, perspectivists and art dealers it is no surprise that Louise chose the arts as her profession.


She has shown at a number of galleries both in and out of London and her works have been chosen for numerous exhibitions for the prestigious Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour exhibitions at the Mall Galleries London and has been short listed for the RA summer show.


Her major influences are Mapplethorpe, Edward Weston, O’Keffe and Dorothea Tanning. The artist has a fascination with nature and the Great Outdoors and a deep love of all animals, likewise being intrigued how the natural world echoes itself in form and shape, with some animals looking like plants and vice versa. She has developed a way of recording this intimacy through her work, her images are transferable and contain multiple translations, bold yet delicate.


Louise loves to use pure pigments, thereby using the power of crystals within the paints, most commonly used are Lapis Lazuli, Kyanite, Rhodonite, Green Apatite, Black Tourmaline and Jadite.


“I am obsessed with shape, colour, design, and fluidity, not surprisingly given my career in costume and fabrics. I paint because I have to, it fulfils a need in my being, and shines a light on my soul. I love the creative process, the thinking time, the putting of paint on to paper, what watercolour does to itself... the journey and the completion. I know a painting is finished when I feel it has been completed by someone else. It’s like falling down a hole of self, but trying not to take myself too seriously on the way.”