Louis is a Philadelphia, PA based artist and musician.
"There is the idea of what a painting could be,
then there is what happens while making the painting."
"In my current work I employ a process driven call & response approach with the aesthetic goal of balancing shifting degrees of chaos and potential through the orchestration of organic and geometric structures.
I am inspired by diverse sources: patterns (natural & man-made), sound waves, cycles, waves, frequencies, urban decay, architectural artifacts, geometry, geology, astronomy, tribal & corporate symbols, icons, technology and commercial graphics. By making art, I endeavor to reveal the mystery that is common to them.
I am drawn to the history of things; to the possibility of different outcomes based on combinations of planned decisions and random events. I am intrigued with how small, repetitive actions consistently applied over the course of time, create complex systems that are greater than the sum of their parts.
My approach is exploratory, reactionary and cathartic. I start with a concept, and follow the cues that the painting process gives me, often using unpredictable means to apply and remove paint, recycling, re-purposing and repositioning. Some decisions are planned, some are not. The result is the consequence of my reactions to previous actions. This process leads to reinvention and discovery, erosion and re assemblage; a play of deliberation and chance."
His paintings and commissions are included in many private collections.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Full Scholarship) - 1978 - 1980
Life drawing with Marshall Glasier
Critical painting with Bill “EO” Omwake
Awards and Honors:
5/93 The Myrtle L. Jarvis Watercolor Award - The Wayne Art Center
2/03 Featured in Painting Invitational “16 Emerging Artists” - Cheltenham Center for the Arts
6/07 The Canson Paper Award - The Main Line Art Center
Currently:Members Show entitled "Light" at DVAA
2020 DVAA - Group Exhibition - Light
2020 DVAA - Group Exhibition - Hindsight
2016 The Philadelphia Sporting Club - Solo Exhibition
2007 The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Phila., Pa - Group Exhibition - PHOTOgraphy 2007
2007 The Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa - Group Exhibition - Works on Paper
2007 Art In City Hall, Philadelphia, Pa - Group Exhibition - Art of the City
2007 Cheltenham Center For The Arts, Cheltenham, Pa - 65th Painting Invitational
2007 The 4th Street Cafe, Ocean City, NJ - Solo Exhibition
2007 - 1994 Tavern on Green, Philadelphia, Pa - Ongoing Solo and Group Exhibitions
2006 Cheltenham Center For The Arts, Cheltenham, Pa - 64th Painting Invitational
2003 Cheltenham Center For The Arts, Cheltenham, Pa - 16 Emerging Artists
2002 St. Georges Methodist Church, Philadelphia, Pa - - Solo Exhibition
1999 The Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa - Group Exhibition
1998 Cheltenham Center For The Arts, Cheltenham, Pa - Group Exhibition
1998 Off the Wall Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Group Exhibition - New Artists
1996 The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pa - Group Exhibition
1995 Phantom Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Group Exhibition
1994 Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa - Group Exhibition - The American Flag
1994 Phantom Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - Group Exhibition
1993 The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pa - Group Exhibition - Works on Paper
1992 The Main Line Art Center, Haverford, Pa - Group Exhibition - Works on Paper