Born in Glasgow in 1957, Louise Cattrell studied at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee and the Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely including the Whitechapel, Fruitmarket Gallery, Mappin Gallery, the Towner Gallery and Beaux Arts.
She has held the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship and has undertaken residencies across the world including Sri Lanka, Bulgaria, Ireland, USA, Switzerland and the Australian Outback. Held in public and private collections globally, her work is also owned by the Scottish Arts Council, MOD Whitehall and the Leukaemia Unit QE2 Birmingham, UK.
"The opportunity to make a large-scale screen print made me evaluate many of the ways in which print evolves from the process and how that responds to the way I make paintings. Printmaking has always been a part of how I develop work fusing drawing, tone and colour.
My work is inspired by the natural landscape, in particular where the boundaries of sea, sky and land come together and depart. I make the paintings using thin layers of paint akin to watercolour in substance; using the transparencies of the screen printing film was a new way of building an image. Using early examples as a base, the context was developed through the application of watercolour as the ability of the movement in the paint responded to the ideas behind Coast Rock - where a rock within sight of the shore becomes a landmark and guide for those on both land and sea. Encompassed by all that the change of light and weather does to transform the known into the mysterious."