Louise Stanley

Artist’s Statement

My work follows in the tradition of history and narrative painting documenting current and fictitious events using myth and allegory. The human condition, modern-day romance and political issues are often explored. Voyeurism, a longing to ‘be someplace else’ and a sense of places and events remembered are recurring themes. Humor is the catalyst and a bridge to darker, more troubling issues. In my youth I wanted to make paintings people would gag and cry in front of until I saw two women doubled-up laughing in front of my painting. At an opening years ago a woman came up to me, drink in hand, and said, “these are not funny paintings, they remind me of junior high when I was miserable.” She then dropped her glass at my feet and ran out of the gallery. I must have been doing something right! At an opening at PS1 in New York, years ago, Joyce Kosloff commented, “God, lulu, your work is so American!” I strive for that precarious line between the colloquial and the sublime, perhaps in order to sabotage both extremes, but more often just to see if I can pull it off.

Recent paintings are based on research gathered during the ‘Art Lover’s Tours’ I organize and lead to  Europe and an interest in the transformation myths of Ovid, sainthood, the ills of organized religion and current events.

Louise Stanley, Homage To Picasso, 1982

Louise Stanley
Homage To Picasso, 1982
Gouache
Image size: 7 X 10
Framed size: 15 X 18
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