Louise Isackson’s paintings explore visual vibrations of sound represented in colour. She investigates parallel languages between her combined passions: Colour and Music.
LOUISE ISACKSON | VISUAL ARTIST
b. Sydney, Australia.
Lives and works in Brisbane, QLD Australi
B.A. Fine Arts; QCA, Griffith University. 1992
Masters of Creative Industries (M.C.I)QUT. Kelvin Grove. 2016
Louise Isackson is a visual artist exploring her painting with images that represent the vibrations of sound through the application of painterly colour on canvas. Louise’s paintings investigate parallel languages and the essence of her combined passion of colour (through paint) and Music. Theoretically, Isackson’s paintings occupy the space between colour sensation and the sonic expression of visual forms. The titles of her paintings are derived from music language and terminologies. Her paintings and the compositional structure of image-making have a direct reference to her experiences as a professional musician. Isackson’s paintings draw reference to the colour-field art movement, the works, and theories of Wassily Kandinski (On the Spiritual in Art) and the many geometric and/or formalist qualities of abstraction.
“My work explores the correlational aspect of a sonic visual language, perceived on the surface of the paintings. Elements of compositional abstraction are created in my work and explore the theoretical framework of synaesthesia: The study into the correlation of the senses, specifically between sound and colour. By painting circular forms and shimmering brushstrokes, the layers of tones become vibrational compositions of sound-colours. My career encompasses a desire to express ideas associated with these two senses: the auditory and the visual”.
At first glance, Isackson’s colourist paintings seem like imagined blurry landscapes, either a glimpse of tree forms, obscure abstract florals, to large scale fields of compositional overlapping shapes. Combining Kandinsky, and the visual language of a colour-field painting aesthetic, Isackson also draws reference from her background in graphic design. She is investigating the correlations of colour, form, emotion, synesthesia, and composition in her practice. She explores her pieces intuitively enabling the process to dictate the outcome.
Louise began her art career by completing a Fine Arts degree at Griffith University in the ’90s. She showed her work in exhibitions with many local galleries based on her visual art studies before taking up a career in the corporate world of design and advertising. True to a renaissance person, Louise also moonlighted as a performing Jazz Singer and performed in Japan and New York. Completing her QUT masters thesis in Creative Industries in 2016 marked her departure from the IT world into a full-time dedication as a visual artist.