Louise Tate – Artist in Residence in New York

Louise Tate is an emerging artist whose practice explores historical narratives through painting. Having recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with 1st Class Honours from RMIT University, she currently works from her studio in the industrial arts precinct in Collingwood, Melbourne.

Her work often explores the overlapping of narratives within physical space, drawing on her own many-layered experiences of both womanhood and the complex histories of national identity. This is driven by an enduring consideration of the place of painting in history.

We connected with Louise Tate during her Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate exhibition at RMIT in late 2015. We could see amazing potential in her practice and invited her to create new works for our Summer Projects III exhibition which took place in early 2016. Her work was really well received and we continued to foster our relationship with the young artist, supporting her to keep making and exploring new ideas. Louise pursued her Honours in Fine Arts at RMIT and graduated in late 2016. Since becoming a Boom Artist Louise has had 1 solo show and participated in 5 group exhibitions with us. She has also exhibited in Melbourne and regional Victoria, and been the several recipient of grants, awards and residences.

Louise is currently living and creating in New York as part of the prestigious Nars Residency program. We are thrilled for Louise and can’t wait to see how this incredible experience furthers and influences her arts practice.

Louise discusses the residency:

“I’m currently an artist in residence at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn for the next three months (April – June). NARS is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting both local and international artists and offers longterm studios and an artist residency program. I am with ten other fantastic artists (international and US-based) currently participating in the spring residency season. I am three weeks into the residency and absolutely loving it! I have an incredible, light filled and huge studio space overlooking the Sunset Park area in Brooklyn, NY. Every week gallerists, critics and/or artists come to NARS for studio visits to talk with us individually about our work. This has been an incredible opportunity for me to connect with arts professionals in NY and make some great contacts. We also do artist presentations, weekly meet ups and gallery excursions as a residency group. In June I’ll be participating in the NARS Spring open studios, and will show some of my current work in a group exhibition in the NARS gallery space. I have been blown away by the quality and sheer quantity of work here in NYC. I have already have seen phenomenal paintings, visited the Rhode Island School of Design MFA open studios, city hopped to Providence and Boston, and next month I plan to check out the Frieze Art Fair, the Other Art Fair and visit Montréal in Canada.”

If you would like to see recent work from Louise click here or visit her instagram here.

(portrait image credit: Tantanja Ross / On Jackson Street)