Louise Peat (b. Dublin) employs multiple approaches and strategies in her art practice and is open to an investigation through painting, drawing, print, installation, sound, and computer software to create and inform her work.
She studied Fine Art at DIT, College of Marketing and Design, where she received an honours Diploma in Painting in 1993, and in 2011 she graduated with a Master of Fine Art in Painting from NCAD. Despite a busy career as a practicing artist, she has always been drawn to working within a socially engaged context, especially in areas of disadvantage and special needs. She is currently on the teaching panel at the Black Church Print Studio where she has been a member since 1990.
Solo exhibitions include Clearing, St John's Art Centre, Listowel, County Kerry (1999) and Elemental, The National Concert Hall, Dublin (2005). Selected exhibitions include Production, Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin (2012), Boxid Round 111, Noname Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, MFA Degree Show, NCAD, Dublin (2011), Unit 35, NCAD, MA Group Show, Gory Business Park, Gory, Co .Wexford (2011), NCAD MFA Interim Show, Tully's Tiles, Smithfield, Dublin (2010), RUA, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (2006), Iontas, Oireachteas, Sculpture in Context, Claremorris Open, Monaghan Open, Eigse, Henrietta Street Artists Group show, Black Church Print Studio Members' group show, Original Print Gallery, Dublin, Milestones OPW, Dublin. Paradigms with Belgian artist Ronald Ceuppens at the Original Print Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin (2007), Tommorrow is Today, Original Print Gallery, Dublin, RUA, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (2006), Source, Original Print Gallery. Dublin (2004), Hung, Drawn and Quartered, selected work from members of the Black Church Print Studio, Original Print Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin (2004), Daniske Grafikere, The Association of Danish Printmaking Artists, Copenhagen (2003), Henrietta Street Artists Group show, Two Person Show, Cross Gallery, Dublin (2000), Ev+a 98, Limerick, Oireachtas, Town Hall, Dun Laoghaire (1998), RHA 165th Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin, Iontas, Dublin-Sligo-Belfast, (1995), Black Church Print Studio Group Show, Original Print Gallery, Dublin, Claremorris Open, 3 Artists at The Crypt, Dublin Castle, Black Church Print Studio Members Exhibition' Original Print Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin (1993), Black Church Print Studio Group Show, Original Print Gallery, Dublin, Claremorris Open, 3 Artists at The Crypt, Dublin Castle, (1991) Group Show, Galway Arts Week, Galway, International Mini Print Exhibition - Traveling Exhibition (1990), Group Show, Graphic Studio, Cope Street, Dublin.
The artist received an Ev+a Award in 1998, and in 2000, won the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal and Arts Council Award for painting. Her work is held in many private and public collections.
Louise Peat's current body of work takes as its point of departure the network of submarine fibre optic telecommunications cable links that transmit telephone and Internet transmissions, connecting, exchanging, and interconnecting, like a giant underwater spider's web, underpinning global communications technology. The inquiry is also informed by and emerges from the nature of ocean as fluid space. This continuously changing fluid space - oceanic space - can be configured as a medium of dynamism as much as a media of dialectic exchange.
Employing multiple approaches and strategies, her art practice is open to an investigation through painting, drawing, print, installation, sound, and computer software to create and inform the work. These specific processes are explored and operated in various transmutations with each other to build a hybrid of work to form a play of relationships between the materials and the organic and technological concepts, presenting simultaneous but different experiences to stimulate multiple narratives, meanings and emotional responses that arise alongside it, or that may in fact be triggered by it.