“Louise Bourne’s paintings offer a visceral response to the physical world. They are deeply emotive, felt responses to the artist’s immediate surroundings. Light, atmosphere, elements of the landscape, corners of sunny porches, the interior of the studio- wherever she turns her keen eye and probing brush, we are rewarded with paintings that reflect her deep intelligence and curiosity about the world. Like the paintings of Fairfield Porter, Bourne’s paintings make us care about the most humble and yet most universal of subjects, our everyday lives.” Suzette McAvoy, Executive Director + Chief Curator, Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
“The disorderly choir of ordinary things” (Czeslaw Milosz), awash in natural light, calls to me constantly, making me itch to paint. I love the changing effects of natural light, how it mutates color into other color, and I use these shifts to structure a painting.
Recently, I have been making multi-panel paintings. When we experience wide open space, we turn our heads; stop, and turn again. This is how I think of each panel: a moment of vision, a chance to compose a painting within an overall experience. ” Louise Bourne
The paintings of award-winning artist Louise Bourne have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in cultural centers and galleries, including Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville Maine; Gallery 61 in New York City; Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, ; the Greenhut Gallery in Portland, Maine; Alpers Fine Art in Andover, Massachusetts; Smith Killian Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina; Four Winds Gallery in Bristol, Rhode Island; the Aitken Bicentennial in St. John,; New Brunswick, Canada. In addition, her work is in public and corporate collections, including those of the Maine Medical Center in Portland; Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston; Bay Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts; and the Department of Public Safety in Houlton, Maine. Curator and writer, Carl Little, includes her work in the upcoming exhibit, “Framing Maine,” at University of Maine’s Lord Hall Gallery, and he features her work in his books on painting.