Louise Weir is an artist, illustrator and lecturer on the Illustration course at Southampton Solent University.She grew up in a small hamlet in the North West of England called Hatton in the only local pub the “Hatton Arms”. The rural landscape and the large and rich variety of “locals” that inhabited her childhood have had a profound effect on Louise’s work and she has a fascination with narrative that explores these areas.
After a Foundation year at Mid Cheshire College she travelled East to study a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Hull college of Art before heading south to London to study an M.A at St Martins College.
She currently lives in Walthamstow and works in her studio next to London Fields in the East End of London.
She has been working within the Illustration industry for over twenty years with a wide range of experience across Design, Advertising, Publishing and Editorial. Working in the U.K and worldwide for clients such as The Royal Mail, CDP Advertising, The Ministry of Sound, Wardour Publishing, Random House Publishing, Penguin, The Guardian, Independent, Mail and Times newspapers.
She exhibits regularly in group and solo shows in the UK and Europe. Her current exhibition ” Expectations of the Past” has been produced with the support of Arts Council funding and will tour the UK during 2017/18. This new and recent work is an investigative journey of memory, identity and loss informed by Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations” which examines very similar themes. Exploring the text helped Louise examine her own personal history and emotional landscape, creating a dialogue between the text, isolated memories and specific events at the time of making. The dialogue between past and present is reflected in Louise’s methodology, which brings together a breadth of traditional and digital processes.
Her work has been discussed in anthologies of Illustration including, “The Fundamentals of Illustration” by Lawrence Zeegan, , Varoom, A.O.I Images, and journals published in connection with the Illustrative Berlin/Zurich 2007- 11 in which original artworks have been exhibited. She was also a founder member of a successful Illustration collective called Monster, and has also held a position as joint director at The Association of Illustrators.