ALBERT LOUDEN

1943 | ENGLAND

Untitled, 1980
Untitled, 1980

Albert Louden, a former van driver and weight-lifter, was born in Blackpool, England, during the Second World War. He left school at fifteen with no qualifications and worked in a series of driving-related jobs.
He didn’t have any aspirations to become an artist, but recalls a day in primary school when the class was instructed to draw a mountain. His was completely different from anything anyone else had done, and as he grew up, he felt that art was the only thing that he really had an aptitude for. At the age of nineteen he felt compelled to make art, and for the next twenty years he worked part time, allowing himself the means to get by and purchase art materials, and the time to paint for pleasure.

Albert Louden, ex autista di furogni e sollevatore di pesi, è nato a Blackpool durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Ha lasciato la scuola a quindici anni senza alcun diploma dedicandosi a lavori saltuari.
Non ha mai avuto l’intenzione di diventare artista, ma ricorda a tal proposito un giorno, durante le elementari, in cui dovette disegnare una montagna. Il risultato ottenuto era totalmente differente dalle figure realizzate dai suoi compagni e, durante gli anni successivi, ha scoperto che l’arte era l’unica cosa in cui era veramente portato. All’età di 19 anni si sentì in dovere di creare arte, e per i successivi vent’anni ha lavorato part-time per concedersi il materiale artistico con cui dipingere.

Untitled, 1980
Untitled, 1980

In 1981 Louden saw an old advertisement for the 1979 exhibition “Outsiders” at London’s Hayward Gallery and contacted the co-curator Victor Musgrave. Encouraged by Musgrave’s enthusiasm for his work, Louden began to show his pictures more and more.
His individual style and use of colour depict large full-bodied figures rotund faces.
In 1985, he exhibited his work at London’s Serpentine Gallery and sold every piece in the show. His early works were drawings and watercolours, but he later went on to use pastels and oil paints. Louden’s art is primarily figurative, though not in a traditional sense. Figures merge, apparently abstract in the corner of a room, or looming large in streets and against tower blocks. Louden’s works reveal him to be an extraordinary colourist with a fiercely individual style. Spurned by some for his commercial success, he is a fine example of a living artist who, whilst a regular visitor to museums and galleries, remains true to his own vision, following his singular creative path free from the influence of others.
Albert Louden’s work is represented in many museum worldwide including: The American Visionary Art Museum, and the Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne.

Nel 1981 Louden vide una vecchia pubblicità della mostra “Outsiders” tenuta nel 1979 alla Hayward Gallery di Londra e contattò il co-curatore Victor Musgrave. Incoraggiato dall’entusiasmo di Musgrave per il suo lavoro, Louden ha cominciato a mostrare i suoi quadri ad un pubblico sempre più vasto.
Nel 1985 ha esposto il suo lavoro alla Serpentine Gallery di Londra e ha venduto ogni pezzo in mostra. Le sue prime opere consistevano in disegni ed acquarelli, ma successivamente ha utilizzato pastelli e colori ad olio. L’arte di Louden è principalmente figurativa, anche se non prettamente tradizionale. Le figure si fondono, apparentemente astratte, in un angolo di una stanza o in grandi strade fatte di lunghi grattacieli. Le opere di Louden lo rivelano abile colorista, ma con uno stile ferocemente individuale.
Disprezzato da alcuni per il suo successo commerciale, è un grande esempio di artista vivente che, assiduo frequentatore di musei e gallerie, è rimasto fedele alla sua singolare e creativa visione, indipendente dall’influenza altrui.
Le opere di Albert Louden sono inserite in molti musei, tra cui l’American Visionary Art Museum e la Collection de l’Art Brut di Losanna.

Untitled, 1980
Untitled, 1980
Untitled, 1980
Untitled, 1980
Untitled, 1980
Untitled, 1980
Untitled, 1980
Untitled, 1980

More info: The Anthony Petullo Collection, Henri Boxer Gallery

Posts created 137

Related Posts

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top