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Louise Dear

Some of my earliest memories are of my incredibly happy family life spent in exotic locations such as South Africa and the Far East. At the age of six my family returned to England and set up home in a small country village in the beautiful Hampshire countryside. Initially intending a career within the fashion business, I studied fashion design at Medway College of Art & Design, which brought me in close contact with the burgeoning Young British Artists. It was here I developed my lifelong love of art. However with the spirit of adventure having been instilled in me so young, at the tender age of 21, I purchased a 1963 Bedford ambulance with my partner, painted it honey pink, and promptly set off to see the world. My time was spent working whilst consuming the sumptuous splendours of Europe, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and dipping an inquisitive toe into the divine indulgence of North Africa. Returning home in 1987, we bought a three month return ticket to India yet did not return to England for a further seven years. My adventures took me travelling extensively throughout South East Asia, continually gorging on its extreme delights until eventually arriving in Darwin, North Australia. From here we travelled overland to Sydney where we set up home and I worked as an exhibition designer for Lego, Australia. In 1993 I came back to my roots, gave birth to my greatest creation of all - my daughter Lama - and returned to full-time education. In 1993 I came back to my roots, gave birth to my greatest creation of all - my daughter Lama - and returned to full-time education. Now settled in the picturesque town of Totnes, I have been working as a professional artist since graduating from University College Chichester in 1998. I have exhibited extensively over the past decade; from London to New York and Sydney to LA and shown at the Royal Academy sparking the interest of several major museums. My fabulous adventures continue to inspire my work, creating paintings which are vibrant, passionate and intense with a sensual eroticism which are both provocative yet at the same time, demure.
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