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Aiches Design

Artists Represented

Louise Marlowe

Louise Marlowe began studying art in 1960 with Susan Moore, who had been a student of Josef Albers at Black Mountain College in North Carolina in the early 1950s. In 1975, she received an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she studied figure drawing with Peter Agostini. After moving to Washington, DC, in 1978 Louise took up photography, began working on a series of figurative encaustic paintings during the late 1980s and became an accomplished potter.

Richard Klank, associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Art, called her encaustic paintings, Man Asleep and Woman Resting Her Head, "museum quality" . . . "They don't try to be skillful but are not without skill." While Susana Torruela Level called Man Listening to Music "the most inward piece" in a show primarily of human figure emphasis. Several of her works were included in the collections of the late Peter Agostini, who purchased two figure drawings with watercolor from her thesis exhibition in 1975, and that of the late Mircea Eliade, Professor of the History of Religion at the University of Chicago.

In 1996, Louise finally gave way to her life long love of fabric and began making collages. These relatively small works between 4" x 7" and 5" x 12", are made almost exclusively from vintage fabrics. The abstract compositions that combine shape and color are carefully constructed without being precious or too meticulous, and occasionally include found objects, bits of newsprint and encaustic marks. Before devoting herself to making art full-time, she worked in the stock brokerage and real estate professions. Since 1991 she has exhibited her work at the Columbia Pike Artists Studio, the Art League Gallery in Alexandria and the Arlington Arts Center. Her work is included in private collections in the greater Washington, DC, area.

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