‘MORE’ - A NIGHTMARISH VISION OF ADDICTION AND DISINTEGRATION A Collection Of Original Artwork By Lou At Richard Goodall Gallery 24th January – 23rd February 2008 A highly personal debut show by undiscovered artist Lou which opens at the Richard Goodall Gallery 24 January to 23 February 2008 reveals a disturbing portrayal of addiction, excess and despair. The new show, entitled More, features a number of original works depicting the artist’s nightmarish visualisation of his life of addiction, success, failure, love and loss. Curator Richard Goodall predicts that the show is set to catapult Lou to becoming one of the most talked about new artists of the decade. Now approaching 50, Lou’s work is inspired by the extraordinary events of his past, tracing his battle with heavy addiction, extreme dependency and craving, fraught relationships and disintegration. Lou’s story is anything but conventional, taking in a drop out youth, personal business success, a broken marriage, breakdowns and a descent into drugs hell. Stylistically, Lou’s art falls very much into the ‘emotive’ school - as Lou explains, “my art is dark but I have found the process uplifting and a big part of my recovery.“ Unusually for such a large-scale debut show, Lou ‘rediscovered’ his art three years ago during long-term rehabilitation at Hazelden in the United States, and is self taught and profoundly instinctive. Although based on Lou’s own personal excesses and demons, More speaks for many people, addressing the attitudes, behaviours and struggles of today’s society in which long-term happiness and satisfaction is elusive. Talking of the show, Lou says “The show is called More because everybody wants more no matter how much they already have’. Cont/d The collection of large format mixed media on canvas are dark, potent and imposing. The central sculpture piece of the show is called ‘The Addict Cake’. “The sculpture,” says Lou “ is a reflection of my life with the layers charting my various addictions”. Richard Goodall comments “Lou has an extraordinary story to share and this is evident in his art. Everybody can relate to the work in some way. I am confident More will be a huge success and help launch this exceptionally talented and undiscovered artist.” More will be the first debutant show staged by the Richard Goodall Gallery since moving to its new location in mid 2007. Recent gallery shows have featured work from artists including Leonard Cohen, Mark Seliger and Ronnie Wood. MORE drink… MORE drugs… MORE sex… MORE gambling… MORE lap dances… MORE controlled drinking… MORE proscriptions… MORE Valium… MORE blondes… MORE A and E… MORE running away… MORE depression… MORE treatment centers… MORE failures… MORE intensive care… MORE police cells… MORE looking for god… MORE 12-step meetings… MORE sanity… MORE life… MORE to come… more... more… more… Contact Details: Richard Goodall Gallery, 103 High Street, Manchester, M4 1HQ. www.richardgoodallgallery.com For further press information please contact: Keira Hollings Vertigo PR Tel: 0161 833 0110 Fax: 0161 833 0117 Mobile: 07711 995229 e-mail: email@example.com
Biography: Having grown up on a council estate in Manchester, Lou describes himself as having been a ‘manic drawer’ from a very young age. However, as the teenage years took over the world of 70s music and gigs introduced Lou to the drugs scene and the passion for art faded. By the age of 16 Lou had left home, by 18 he was married and by 25 he was a father and owner of his own highly successful packaging company. As an international businessman Lou proved to be very astute. However, he attributes the success of his company to his physical downfall – the harder he pushed himself in the work place the bigger his dependency on drugs became. By 2002 when he was hospitalised with a burst ulcer all memory of his love of drawing was lost. Despite contracting both pneumonia and MRSA, Lou continued with extreme drug abuse, which eventually led to his admission in to the Hazelden Rehabilitation Centre in America in 2003. It was here that he rediscovered art; in the art room where patients were encouraged to draw as a form of therapy. Lou began to paint and found he had retained the same passion and talent he once had as a child. Lou spent six months at the centre receiving treatment for his addictions, followed by 4 months in a sober house with 56 other addicts. Upon returning to the UK Lou continued to express himself through painting. Having had no formal training Lou enrolled on an arts degree at Salford University in 2005 – he lasted three weeks. He explains this decision, “I don’t want there to be any rules when I paint. I never have a plan – I have an idea which just evolves”. When asked of his influences Lou does not reel off a list of artistic greats, but instead states honestly “growing up on a council estate, the 70s, 25 years of addiction, 23 years of marriage, 4 kids, working all over the world, running an international business… nearly dying in intensive care in 2002, ending up with just the clothes in my suitcase, losing access to my kids, being chased to be sectioned and having to leave the country. These are the things that I bring to my work.”
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