Louisa Antico. Born Sydney
Louisa’s art practice spans painting, etching, drawing, sculpture and photo media. Her work is self-referential and multi-layered, existing in its own right with its own particular voice, while at the same time drawing upon the richness of the art historical tradition. In this sense her work is intellectually rigorous as well as aesthetically strong and challenging. She responds to evocative and symbolic imagery, dramatic contrasts of light and dark and transient moments.
A recurrent theme in her work is that of the female form. She appears apparition-like in the landscape and her presence is a reminder of the fragile and complex relationship between humankind and Mother Nature. Inner layers are exposed in her paintings and each painting engenders a personal dreamlike experience often reminding one of a much loved and special place.
Louisa's work has been acquired through competitions and exhibitions for public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Her self portrait "That Special Place" was Highly Commended in the
the 2009 Portia Geach Memorial Award.
Portia Geach Memorial Award Judges comment:
“Louisa Antico was a strong contender with her jewel-like painting that literally depicts the artist in the womb of a burgeoning nature. The lush colour and organic composition graphically illustrates Ludwig Wittgenstein's statement "I am my world".
1989 - 1991 Diploma of Fine Art National Art School East Sydney Major Painting
2006 - 2007 Creative Fine Arts Statement of Attainment - Distinction in Sculpture and Technology. Western Sydney Institute.
2007 - 2008 Certificate 4 Creative Fine Arts - Distinction in Surface Treatment Adaptation. Western Sydney Institute
2012 Finalist Hawkesbury Art Prize
2012 Finalist Fishers Ghost Open Art Award
2012 Finalist " Wild Flower" Mount Eyre Art Prize
2012 Highly Commended "My Garden" Art Oakhill Acquistive Art Prize
2011 Finalist Blake Prize Directors' Cut Exhibition.
2011 Finalist Works on Paper 49th Fishers Ghost Art Award
2011 Finalist "Bride" 41st Muswellbrook Open Art Prize.
2010 Highly Commended "Waratah" Blacktown City Art Prize Acquired by Westlink M7
2009 Highly Commended “That Special Place” Portia Geach Memorial Award SH.Ervin Gallery Sydney.
2008 Finalist Honorable Mention 8th International Ceramics Award Mino Japan Sculptural Work “Joy”
2008 Winner Acquisitive Ceramic Award WSI Acquired by Western Sydney Institute
2008 Finalist "Rainbowls" Ergon Energy Central Queensland Art Award
2007 Finalist Rosemarie Dustmann Award “Dream Vessel” Fishers Ghost Art Award
Campbelltown Arts Centre.
2007 Winner “Healing Power of Art” Manhattan Arts International New York USA
2007 Finalist “She Who Dreams” Walker Street Gallery Dandenong Victioria
2006 Finalist Rosemarie Dustmann Award “The Blue Mask” Fishers Ghost Art Award Campbelltown Arts Centre.
2005 Finalist Self Portrait “Observation” Portia Geach Memorial Award SH.Ervin Gallery Sydney.
2004 Finalist Portrait “Night Time” Portia Geach Memorial Award SH.Ervin Gallery Sydney.
1993 Finalist “Self Portrait in Blue” Portia Geach Memorial Award SH.Ervin Gallery Sydney.
1991 Highly Commended "So Long" Lloyd Rees Bicentennial Award Art Award.
2011 Selected Art Unlimited Finalist Exhibition Fairview Artspace
2008 Group Exhibition "one year on" Kerrie Lowe Gallery King St Newtown
2008 Group Exhibition “Pathways “ Inner City Clayworkers Gallery Glebe Sydney
2008 Group Exhibition “Summer Of The 30th Doll: a Mardi Gras" Kerrie Lowe Gallery King St Newtown
2008 Group Exhbition “From Landscapes to Mindscape” NSW Parliament House Macquarie St Sydney
2007 Selected “Nine by Five” Exhibition Walker Street Gallery Dandenong Victioria
2007 Selected "The Tower" 2007 Sculptors Society Exhibition Darling Park Sydney.
2007 Selected "Halo" Governors Phillip and Macquarie Towers Sculpture Exhibition, Sydney
2006 Selected Greenpeace “Changing Nature 06” Exhibition The Gallery at Darling Park Sydney
2005 Solo Exhibition “Sirens” MLC Gallery Ultimo Sydney.
2005 Group Exhibition “Artists against Sedition Laws” Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
2001 Group Exhibition Herald Article Exhibition Wharf Gallery Woolloomooloo Sydney.
1999 Solo Exhibition “Clovelly Series” Sky Gardens Sydney City.
1992 Solo Exhibition “Black on White” Monotypes Sydney Cove Gallery Circular Quay Sydney.
1990 Group Exhibition “Lecturers Choice”Works Gallery Paddington.
1990 Group Exhibition Cell Block National Art School East Sydney.
1990 "The Birthday Show" Ten Taylor St Gallery Darlinghurst East Sydney
1990 Solo Exhibition "New Works" DCR Gallery Darlinghurst East Sydney
1990 Group Show Ten Taylor St Gallery Darlinghurst East Sydney