Louise Hearman

Untitled, 1998-1999
oil on board
56.8 x 50.5 cm

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Mori Gallery, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney

Nocturne: Images of night and darkness from colonial to contemporary, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Melbourne 23 April – 16 June 2002; Geelong Gallery, Victoria, 5 July – 1 September 2002

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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.