Following the success of the “Common Birds” exhibition, Louise West is returning to Pitfield London another show inspired by her great aunt Katy Cullis’s devotion looking after stray & elderly dogs.
Katy Cullis was the unmarried sister of her great grandmother Doris. As a spinster, Katy spent her youth in the family vicarage looking after their elderly widowed father.
It was, at times, a solitary and dreary life, cheered up by her love of birds and two pet poodles Bob and Sue. When her father passed away, Katy moved to a small but comfortable lodge house in the grounds of a country home in Hampshire. Here Katy was able to indulge her love of animals by providing a home for the retired hunting dogs of the manor house and shelter for old working farm dogs and local strays.
Katy kept meticulous records of the animals she cared for, and it is from this archive that Louise has drawn inspiration for this latest exhibition of paintings entitled “Dog Show” in memory of Katy’s Kennels and her good work.
ABOUT LOUISE WEST
Louise is a textile designer and artist who works in a variety of media exploring pattern, colour in response to a love of traditional crafts and artefacts; lace, embroidery and stitch to name a few.
She originally studied fashion design at the Royal College of Art and her fashion and textile design background informs her work.
By building up a dictionary of motifs she hopes to create her own visual language, using a juxtaposition of imagery old and new. Intricate lace patterns clash with dots, circles and stripes. Nature competes with second hand knick-knacks creating a sense of anarchy and play within her work.
Dog Show Opens on Nov 7th, 2014. The preview will be on Nov 14th to coincide with Louise's 50th birthday!