The Darryl Nantais Gallery

Artist's Biography

Louise Dear

Born in Portsmouth, Louise Dear spent her early years in such exotic locations as South Africa and the Far East. At the age of six, her family returned to England and set up home in a small country village in the beautiful Hampshire countryside.

Initially intending a career within the fashion business, Louise studied Fashion Design at Medway College of Art and Design, yet with the spirit of adventure having been installed so young, at the age of 21 Louise purchased a 1963 Bedford Ambulance, painted it honey Pink and promptly set off to see the World.

In 1993 Louise came back to her roots, gave birth to her greatest creation, her daughter Rosy and returned to full time education.

Louise has been working as a professional artist since graduating from University College Chichester in 1998.

“ I am a painter with a simple ambition, to create beautiful paintings. I make large, contemporary, figurative works. I am passionate about colour; shocking, vibrant and intense, continually exploring the power it has to invade our senses and influence our emotions.

My nudes are sensually erotic, beautifully demure, yet subtly provocative. Influenced by Utamaro and the 18th century Japanese artists of the ‘floating world’ and more recently their influence on the Art Deco period of the early 20th century.”