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 represents the past, present and future, and appears apparition-like in a visionary landscape. Her presence is a reminder of the fragile 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. Her artworks are characterized by a sophisticated colour palette and a unique perspective of the universal beauty and complexity that exists in nature and throughout the cosmos.



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 one of Australia’s major portrait prizes the Portia Geach Memorial Award. She has been a finalist in a number of major painting and sculpture awards including the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize,The Muswellbrook Art Award, The International Ceramics Award Japan, The Hutchins Contemporary Art Prize and The Fishers Ghost Open Art 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".



Education and Artist Residency


1989 - 1991 Diploma of Fine Art - Major Painting. National Art School Sydney  

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

2014 - Artists Residency Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venice Italy

2015 -2016 - Established Artists Residency, Sofala NSW.


Awards

2020 Finalist Fishers Ghost Contemporary Art Award

2020 Winner 4th place Self-Portrait Category American Art Awards USA  

2019 Finalist Fishers Ghost Contemporary Art Award

2019 Finalist Flow Wollongong Art Gallery National Contemporary Watercolour Prize

2018 Finalist Fishers Ghost Open Art Award

2018 Finalist Kennedy Art Prize South Australia

2018 Winner Waverley Art Prize Mixed Media

2018 Finalist The Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize Hobart

2017 Finalist Fishers Ghost Open Art Award

2017 Finalist The Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize

2014 Finalist Fishers Ghost Open Art Award

2013 Finalist Blacktown City Art Prize

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 Blacktown City Art Prize

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.

 

Exhibitions

2020 Selected "A Show of Heads" Curated Exhibition Limner Gallery New York USA 

2020 Selected "The Salon" Curated Exhibition M16 ArtSpace ACT  

2017 Group Exhibition Bathurst Regional Gallery NSW

2012 Group Exhibition Rex Livingstone Gallery Surry Hills Sydney

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 























 











  







 































 






 




 

 









 



 


 

 


 



 


 

 



 



 




 


 



 



 



 



 



 

 



 

 



 



 


 



 



 


 



 


 


 



 

 



 



 



 

 



 



 



 



 








 

 



 



 


 



 



 



 


 



 


 

 


 



 


 


 



 

 


 



 

 

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