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Louise Mizen was born in Devon in 1961, and grew up in rural Surrey. After studying for a foundation year at Brighton polytechnic in 1979, Louise completed a Fine Art Degree at Norwich School of Art 1980 – 1983.
1983 – 1990 Louise worked in Surrey specialising in equestrian and animal portraiture. In 1990 Louise moved to London and began to experiment with more free and flowing styles of painting, capturing movement in dancers, horses and children.
In 1991 Louise was awarded the “Best Racing Painting” at the Society of Equestrian Artist’s annual exhibition. Louise’s work has been included in numerous mixed exhibitions, and she has had many successful solo shows.
In 1997 Louise created a multi-media show entitled “Created to be Awed by Man” which involved live dance, music and poetry as well as Louise’s film and painted artworks. This successful exhibition explored the relationship between man and horse, how it helped to civilise man and how we value it today. It also made comparison of the movements of horses and dancers, and classical and contemporary styles.
Louise continues to develop and explore different subjects and techniques. She usually works in Oil, either on paper or canvas, but also uses charcoal, collage and mixed-media.