Wednesday, 24 December 2014


Below are images from my current solo exhibition, Harlequin at Gallery No.1, Repton in Derbyshire. The show has been extended until Sunday 4th January 2015.

You can see more photographs of the exhibition on my Flickr page.

(left to right) Up, Trapeze, Float, Centric and The Harlequin

The Harlequin and Machine

The Harlequin, 2014, printed silk, 140 x 190 cm

Shake, 2013, acrylic and oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm and The Harlequin, 2014, gouache on paper, 37 x 28 cm

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Harlequin, Gallery No.1, Repton, Derbyshire

Harlequin, 2014, gouache on paper, 37 x 28 cm


15th November – 21st December 2014
Private View: Saturday 29th November, 3 – 6 pm

Gallery No.1 is delighted to host Harlequin a solo exhibition of recent artworks by Louisa Chambers. 

Taking centre stage in the gallery space is a printed Harlequin-like figure constructed with pentomino shapes. Making reference to Pablo Picasso’s Harlequin from 1915, the torso has been reduced to a flattened form emphasised by the repeated geometric pattern of misshapen diamonds and irregular polygons depicted on the costume.
The rigidness of the Harlequin configuration is disrupted by idiosyncratic geometric motifs, suspended in an uninhabitable void. Carnivalesque structures cheekily are shifting and shaking in this invented space teasing with the viewer’s attention.
In her most recent work, Chambers' has been playfully rearranging systems, structures and repeated patterns. Appropriated references derive from architectural sources, scientific and mathematical educational manuals to the everyday drawing upon daily routines.  Science fiction like objects and landscapes that often feature, present alternative visual and virtual worlds where structures govern our society and technology rules.
Louisa Chambers graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art (2005-2007) and a BA in Fine Art (First Class Honours) at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (2001-2005).  

She has exhibited her work throughout the UK and has been a finalist in competitions such as Paint Like You Mean It at Interview Room 11 (Edinburgh 2014), Zeitgeist Open (London 2012) and John Moores 25 at the Walker Art Gallery in (Liverpool 2008). Recent exhibitions include (detail) at H Project Space (Bangkok 2014) Transition Gallery (London, September 2014) and The Usher Gallery (Lincoln 2014-2015), Pareidolia, Pluspace (Coventry 2014), Water Colour Revolution, Winsor and Newton, Saatchi Gallery (London 2014) About Painting at Castlefield Gallery (Manchester 2014), Stereoscope at Mrs Rick’s Cupboard, Primary (Solo- Nottingham 2013), Rotation at New Court Gallery (Solo- Derby 2013), Flatland at Blyth Gallery (London 2012) and Needle’s Eye at BayArt Gallery (Cardiff 2012) and Transition Gallery (London 2012). 

Her artworks are held in private and public collections nationally. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Repton School in Derbyshire and a Visiting Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.

Gallery No.1, Repton, Derbyshire DE65 6FH
Exhibition Dates 15th November – 21st December 2014
Private View Saturday 29th November, 3 – 6 pm
In conjunction with the closing party of Different Kinds of Matter
New work by Sarah R Key at New Court Gallery, Repton

Gallery open by appointment only

Friday, 24 October 2014


Demi-horizontal, 2014

1 – 14 November

SYSON have organised a contemporary art auction event and exhibition which will take part in November this year, preceded by a two-week exhibition.

The auction itself will take place on Friday 14th Nov, in the evening. Booking is essential if you wish to place bids on items for sale.  The 50 works of art for sale include small drawings, sketches, prints and editions, small paintings, 3D work, photography and small scale sculptures. Prices range from around £50 to £300+  50% of the sale price will go directly to the artists and 50% goes towards the development of the Reading Room programme at SYSON gallery.

Artists selected include a broad range; from the fresh, green and recently graduated to the fully emerged, award winning kind. 50% live and work in Nottingham and 50% live and work elsewhere. 50% are female and 50% are male. Works not reaching the reserve price set in negotiation with the artist and the gallery will remain unsold. Sealed bids will also be encouraged from those booked to take part in the auction.

Confirmed artists include:

Ikran Abdille, Liam Aitken, Ralph Anderson, Tristram Aver, Bruce Asbestos, Jackie Berridge, Andrew Bracey, Oliver Braid, Darren Banks, Jonathan Baldock, Louisa Chambers, Gordon Dalton, Frances Disley, Neil Dixon, Sean Edwards, Dave Evans, Susan Finlay, Blue Firth, S Mark Gubb, Robert Holcombe, Kevin Hunt, Andy Jackson, Candice Jacobs, Jake Kent, Anneliese Krueger, Geoff Diego Litherland, John Newling, Rebecca Ounstead, Yelena Popova, Simon Raven, Lois Gardner Sabet, Ben Sadler, Bobby Sayers, James E Smith, Emily Speed, Alexander Stevenson, Chie Hosaka Soneka, Mimei Thompson, Oliver Tirré, Rob Van Beek, Thomas Wright and others tbc.

Visit the project website and to book your place at the auction here

9 Beck Street
Twitter: @sysongallery

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Salon 6 @ The Old Lock Up Studio

A contemporary art exhibition of regional and international artists for ONE night only.

27th September 2014
6.30 -9.30pm 

Steve Gresham

Curated by Rachael Pinks

The Old Lock Up Studio
Swifts Hollow
19 The Hill
Tel: 07927128989

Friday, 26 September 2014

Wirksworth Festival 2014

On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September 2014 I participated in Wirksworth Festival’s Art and Architecture Trail. My venue was in a very attractive Victorian house on the edge of the town. When hanging my work I wanted to consider and work with the domestic space, trying not to alter or move the placed house hold objects or ‘knick-knacks’ and instead respond to these personal features.

The Harlequin, a painting enlarged and printed onto shantung silk, was the first time that I had used this medium- digital printing. By presenting the work as a wall hanging I wanted to make reference to current research that I have began to undertake into the crossover of textile design and Modernist aims. This includes the Omega Workshops and the Vorticists in Britain, Sonia Delaunay-Terk in France, the Constructivist, Liubov Popova and Pablo Picasso (from mid 20th Century).

See below for installation photographs of the work that I exhibited at Wirksworth Festival.

(From left to right) Trapeze (top), Up! (bottom), 2014, acrylic and oil on board, 
 Rotating Shape- Side II, 2013, acrylic on cardboard

 Rotating Shape- Side I, 2013, acrylic paint on cardboard

 (Left to right) Leaning Octagon, 2014, watercolour on paper, The Harlequin, 2014, printed shantung silk

 (Left to right) Kite I, Demi-horizontal, Extendable Frame, Points, 2014, gouache on paper, Monument, 2013, acrylic and oil on linen, Conical (Tents),  2014, found objects on dot and cross patterned paper

 Demi-horizontal (top), Kite I (bottom), 2014, gouache on paper

Kite I, 2014, gouache on paper, Conical (Tents), 2014, found objects on dot and cross patterned paper

Conical (Tents), 2014, found objects on dot and cross patterned paper, Monument, 2014, acrylic and oil on linen

Monument, 2014, acrylic and oil on linen