Louise Hearman

Untitled 332, 1994
oil on board
60.2 x 44.8 cm
signed, dated and inscribed with number '332/HEARMAN 94' and on label further numbered '8' (on the reverse)

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Mori Gallery, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney   

Louise Hearman, Mori Gallery, Sydney, 1996, cat. no. 8

"In Louise Hearman’s paintings and drawings, things are not always as they seem. It is up to us to imagine what is glimmering in the half-light or lurking deep in the shadows, as the artist offers no written or verbal clues to the evocative content of her works, which are nearly always left untitled. An underlying sense of disquiet permeates many of her images. Like the fragmented memories of dreams or nightmares, they carry the emotional traces of everyday events but cannot easily be explained in words. Their logic does not belong to the daylight hours even though their content may sometimes appear quite ordinary." (Anna Davis, https://www.mca.com.au/stories-and-ideas/publications/louise-hearman-curatorial-essay/)

  • Untitled 332

Image courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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There is something quite unnerving when you view Louise Hearman's paintings. All of a sudden a beautifully painted, somewhat moody dark landscape quickly turns into a backdrop for a sinister, surreal apparition. But what are these floating objects, heads of children and animals indicating to the viewer? It is this irrational and inexplicable characteristic that is the seduction of Hearman's work.

Stemming from a school of artists out of Melbourne who deal with the darker side of life - Albert Tucker, Peter Booth, Bill Henson to name a few - Hearman since her first exhibitions has had the investigation of the bizarre as her primary focus.

Louise Hearman studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and began exhibiting in 1987. Her work has been included in many significant museum exhibitions including: 'Uncanny (the unnaturally strange)', Artspace, Auckland, 2006; 'Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 -2002', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002-2003; 'Uncommon world: aspects of contemporary Australian art', National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2000; 'Contempora 5', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1999; 'Through a glass darkly', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1995; and, 'Australian Perspecta', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1993. Her work has been collected by state and regional galleries. Hearman is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.