Lou Derry is a landscape painter best known for expansive scenes where the sky takes precedence. Working mainly in oils and sometimes pastel she captures the light and atmosphere of the vast horizons she is continually drawn to, and skies have become her signature theme.
Living on the coast in Far North Queensland provides unlimited opportunity to observe the turbulent climate of the tropics. Her work is characterised by distinctive views of cloud formations, thunderstorms and dramatic light shifts, and the moody wet season build up. Within this turbulence an uneasy tension prevails, but at the same time contradictory calm and quietness, a suspended anticipation. It is these atmospheres Lou strives to capture.
“Sky gazing is a great means of reflecting on life. The sky inspires wonder and awe and we’re all vulnerable to its effects.”
Lou has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from Leeds University, UK. She's held frequent solo exhibitions since her first one in 2003, has exhibited in many group shows throughout Australia, and collected many awards along the way.
LOU DERRY | 'Urban Distractions (II)' | Painting | 50.5 (h) x 50.3 (w)