Louise Soloway is an artist with a fine eye for detail and for capturing the ” m o m e n t “ in the life of ordinary people.
Born and educated in London she received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the Bath Academy of Art in Wiltshire, England, but it was her travels to Asia that opened her eyes to greater possibilities of working with different mediums.
She was greatly influenced by her visit to India after her degree and where she received a Commonwealth Scholarship to Baroda Faculty of Fine Arts in Gujarat state to further her studies.
In India she found her real inspiration for the mediums she is working with today.
Back then in the 1980s the UK was moving towards minimalism and she felt this went against her natural artistic inclination.
Louises ability to absorb the richness of Indias ancient culture and art inspired her to try new techniques she had never considered before.
Bas-reliefs fascinated her the most especially, those depicting Hindu Mythology. Louise found a complexity and richness in the scenes, which spoke to her in a way that was very different from flat 2-dimensianal paintings.
It was this experience in India that led to Louise preferring to create her art in bas-reliefs, not with hammer and chisel as a sculptor might, but with modern materials such as fiberglass and resin.
These materials allowed her the flexibility to produce large and complex scenes of modern day life.
Louise Soloway work captures the life of ordinary people in everyday situations such as their work place, shows the complexity and dynamics of human reactions and interactions in a given scene.
The scenes she depicts are never static instead they convey a narrative, which speaks to the observer in a way that shows the elements of what it is to be human.
The moments she captures in her work are often fleeting, but not in a way you get with photographs, her scenes are more heightened and arranged often like a tableaux. Her work has a sense of the biblical, but contemporary in time.
Her attention to detail starts at the very beginning of her work when she creates a series of sketches.
This process, although time consuming, allows her to gradually get inside the subject she is working on in a way that would not be possible if she worked only from photographs; the physical process of creation becomes a part of the finished form, perhaps this is the reason her work is so successful.
Her early work captured the hustle and bustle of life in the markets of Londons East End and Louise has continued to find that same energy wherever she goes in Asia.
She has exhibited both in London and China and had many corporate commissions with projects including the trading floor of Londons Financial Futures Exchange, the building of Hong Kong Airport, Saloman Brothers Hong Kong and a large piece for the worldwide headquarters of SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals.
Since moving to Hong Kong in the 1990s, she has continued to absorb the diversity of Asia and among her recent influences have been Chinese and Japanese decorative motifs.
This influence and her prime interest in people, has led her to create intricately painted life-size body castes and heads in plaster and ceramics. Her Dragon Torso, a female plaster and fiberglass body cast painted in acrylic, is a fine example of the influence from Chinese decorative motifs.
Her work, which also includes Watercolours and sketches, is widely collected and exhibited.
She continues to get inspiration wherever people gather and she creates to portray the human narrative wherever she finds it.