Louise Bristow – Artists Open Houses May 2012 cover artist and winner of the May 2011 House Open Exhibition’s ‘Artist of the Year’, awarded by Brighton Festival.
The Old Market, Hove, hosted an exhibition of Louise Bristow, AOH Artist of the Year’s, recent paintings, prints and models during the May festival.
“I make my paintings by creating constructed arrangements, reminiscent of stage sets, which I then paint from. This process allows me to bring together different collage elements, such as my own photographs or found images from books and magazines, as well as three-dimensional models I have made of real or imagined buildings and architectural details.
There is a narrative element to much of my work. I am inspired by everyday things that I find around me, and how these things express bigger ideas; graffiti on a wall in a street communicates one person's political dissent, and the design and imagery of a tiny postage stamp can encapsulate a nation's ruling ideology.
In terms of theme, I am interested in Modernism, architecture, history and the landscape of modern philosophical and political thought. My work enables me to process my thoughts about these themes and create a response.”