Louise Sheridan talks of fragments of a visual diary but these are fragments which have simmered and matured and found their place in a kaleidoscope of memories. These are paintings rich in their colour and darknesses, and resonant with the accumulations of time.'

Michael Harrison, Director, Kettle's Yard, 1992-2011

Louise Sheridan had been my student in her first year at art school, so I was determined to see her graduation show three years later at what is now Kingston University. I was totally unprepared for the organized chaos that met me: coloured ropes, a vending machine full of multicoloured items… I left her a note to say how much I was impressed, and that if she were to contact me after my return from Canada in a year’s time I would see if I could be of any help with her career. About three years later, Louise phoned and offered to show me the paintings she had done In India. She came into the art school where I was teaching and unrolled these paintings on the floor, like carpets. And like carpets they were rich in incident, pattern and color, but above all the texture of the daphne bark paper which she still uses, provided an uneven and extraordinarily physical surface. Later we shared a studio and founded an exhibiting group (MM Arts).

The particularity of Louise’s art is her position outside the established canons. Not exactly an ‘Outsider’, (impossible after her art education), she nonetheless shares with those artists a need to express herself without the constraints of style. The result is an art which communicates very directly with the spectator, reminds him or her of things seen or felt, in the most natural way possible.

Some artists, (and I think I am one of them) present fragments from which a world can be extrapolated. Others, Bosch, Brueghel, Turner, Paul Klee, Dubuffet, for instance, create a world in each work. It is true also of Louise Sheridan. Her works have been, since her first travels in India, densely filled with incident. They constitute an invitation to pass the barrier, enter her world, and be entranced.

Louise Sheridan has truly forged an authentic, individual way of transforming experience into art.

Oliver Bevan 2018

My work explores an interest in travel, memory and transience. In some pieces personal stories mix with imaginary landscapes. Organic forms transform and evolve. Extreme weather conditions, floods and the chaos that results are explored.

A series of works about water and the Thames is on going. I have lived by the river in London for much of my life and find it visually fascinating; the powerful flow of water, the rise and fall of the tides, the depth and strength of the currents and the changing light, colour and atmosphere. The foreshore reveals the river's half hidden objects and structures that display layers of history.

The environment, images and colours I experienced on a five month trip to India and Nepal had a profound effect on my work. I continue to use the Nepalese textured and translucent hand made paper that I first discovered in the Himalayas. Paintings were completed after travels to South East Asia, China, Iceland, Cuba and Costa Rica. My grandfather was Japanese and that influence can seen in some paintings.

Acrylic, ink, oil pastel and pencil are used on paper during my process of working, giving the work a layered quality. In earlier pieces, drawings and paintings were often cut up, reassembled and collaged together. Drawing is an important part of my thought process.

I completed a B.A. Hons. in Fine Art, Painting at Kingston Polytechnic and a Post-Graduate Course in Painting in Cyprus, assembling drawings and painted textiles within installations. Later I lived in Barcelona for a year gaining an M.A. in European Fine Art, Painting, at the Winchester School of Art, where I had time both to explore the city and to explore and experiment with different techniques. It was during this time that the wax reliefs and mixed media pieces began to emerge.

I regularly exhibit and have completed commissions in the UK and India. I run art workshops for special needs groups, currently in a secure forensic mental health hospital.

Louise Sheridan



1991-92 M.A. European Fine Art, Painting, Winchester School of Art,Barcelona

1979      Cyprus College of Art

1973-77 Kingston Polytechnic, B.A. Hons Fine Art Painting

Selected Exhibitions


Outpost 2, Bermondsey Artists' Group, Shortwave, London

London Bridge Hotel: London Festival of Architecture

Re: Bermondsey Artists' Group, Lake Gallery, Southwark Park Galleries


Shortwave, London

Outpost, Bermondsey Artists' Group, Shortwave, London


Shortwave, London

Annual Open, CGP London

Tricks of the Light, Riverside Gallery, Richmond upon Thames


Annual Open, CGP London


Pool, CGP London


Paper Bag, CGP London


Fragments, Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley

Concretum, Dilston Grove, London


Something for the Weekend, The Biscuit Factory, London

Indigo Arts, Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville


Rummage, CGP London  


Siobhan Davies Dance Studios London with Michele Fuirer

MEME, A05, London

A Higher Vision, SW1 Gallery, London


Janus, CGP London


Paintings in Hospitals, Menier Gallery, London


Cafe Gallery Projects, A Slither and A Slice, 20th Anniversary Show


Paintings in Hospitals Artbridge 2, Sheridan Russell Gallery, London


Annual Open, CGP London


The Mystical Landscape, Talisman Fine Art, The Institute of Child Health, London

Sutton House, London


Thornton Bevan Fine Art, London with Jilly Szabo

Medway Maritime Hospital

Ark 2000, Dilston Grove, London

Artplace, Arundel Festival


Bankside Browser, An Archive - part of a series of temporary art projects around the

future Tate Modern

St. Mark's Hospital, Harrow

Bank Street Gallery, Sevenoaks


'8 x 4', BAG show, Cafe Gallery

Kunstbrucke Project, Cafe Gallery

Bank Street Gallery, Sevenoaks

Indigo Arts, The Atrium Gallery, London


Talisman Fine Art, London

The Atrium Gallery, London


Bermondsey Artists Group Print Show, Cafe Gallery Projects, London


Rye Art Gallery


Thornton Bevan Fine Art, London

Imperial Cancer Contemporary Art Exhibition, Christies

The Pike Gallery, London

The Art Show, Art House, London

Southwark Open, South London Gallery

Thornton Bevan Fine Art, London


Cable St Open Studios, in association with the Whitechapel Art Gallery


Guardian Art for Sale, London

Making our Mark, Artist in Residence, the Artability Project, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

The Artability Exhibition, Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells

Post Decadence, 1984-1994, Cafe Gallery, London

Artists for Romanian Orphans, Bonhams

Artists in Spain, Rye Art Gallery


Cafe Gallery Projects, London

The Towner Contemporary Art Market, Eastbourne


Winchester School of Art, Barcelona

M.A. Degree Show, Winchester


Fortune Fine Art, London


The Orangery, London with Ron Henocq

Four Women in Contemporary Art, Gallery 10


Soho Poly Theatre Gallery, London


Self Portrait Show, Cafe Gallery, London

Secret Spaces in a Church, St Mary’s Church, London

Woodlands Art Gallery, London


Argile Gallery, London

Fragments x 5, Morley Gallery, London

The Square Gallery, London

William Hobbayne Gallery, Ealing


The Tavistock Centre, London

Worcester Art Gallery with Phyllis Mahon

Hill House Gallery, Alnwick

Derby Art Gallery and Museum

The Cowcross Project, Southwark Cathedral

Fragments x5, Woodlands Art Gallery, London

Christopher Hull Gallery, London

Louise Hallett Gallery, London

Sue Williams Gallery, London


MM ARTS exhibiting at Chapman Wong, Skillion, Banque Paribas,Whinney MacKay Lewis Partnership, Glassmill Skillion, Trace Computers, Oscar Woollens Interiors, Art 91 Business Design Centre, Art 91 Olympia, Turtle Key Gallery, Whiteleys, the Circus Brighton, Monty Python Prominent Studios, The Economist, National Theatre, The Pumphouse Battersea Park, St Davids Hall Cardiff, Poetry Society, Collier Bristow


Darlington Arts Centre

Brewhouse Arts Centre, Taunton

South London Art Gallery

Myth, Dream, Landscape, Swiss Cottage Library Gallery

Jablonski Gallery, London

St Thomas Hospital, London


The Minories, Colchester

Cafe Gallery, London

L’Escargot, London

South London Open, South London Art Gallery

River Gallery, London

Cafe Gallery Drawing and Print Open, London


New Paperworks, Art for Offices, London


Cafe Gallery Christmas Open, London


Nene College, Northampton

Peterborough Art Gallery

Adam Gallery, London

Paintworks, London


Derby Hall Arts Centre, Bury

The Actors Institute Gallery, London

Lady Lodge Arts Centre, Peterborough

Bakehouse Gallery, London

British Artists in Italy

Open Studios, Cowcross Studios, London

London Group Open Exhibition, Royal College of Art


The Camden Annual, Camden Arts Centre, London


Hand Paper making, London College of Printing

The Whitechapel Open

Reality and Imagination, Essendine Art Centre, London


The Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges


Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield


Moira Kelly Fine Art, London

Cleveland International Drawing Biennale


Cyprus College of Art, British Council, Paphos/Nicosia


Stowells Trophy, Royal Academy


Sheffield City Art Galleries

Lady Lodge Arts Centre, Peterborough

The Leicestershire Collection for Schools and Colleges

Camden Picture Loan Scheme

TVi Ltd

Electra Management Services

Sedgwick Group Properties Ltd

St Marys College of Education

Alnwick CE Aided First School Gallery

Banque Paribas

Whinney MacKay-Lewis Partnership

The Towner Art Gallery Collection, Eastbourne

Serco Ltd

Paintings in Hospitals

Private collections in Britain and India


2003      Paintings in Hospitals

1999/00 The Adamson Centre for Mental Health, St. Thomas' Hospital, London

1996      Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

1986      Maudsley Hospital, London


1996      Jacob Mendelson Scholarship Award

1993      London Arts Board

1988      E. and W. Arts

1986      Exhibition grants from GLA and E Arts

1985      Southwark/GLA Artists Grant

1984      Exhibition grant from NW and E Arts


Interviews with the Artists, CV Publications 1993

Women Artists Diary

Artists and Illustrators Magazine

Kunstbrucke catalogue, Berlin/London 1998

Paintings in Hospitals, Artbridge 2  2003