Oil, acrylic and pastel painter, Mya Louw, was born in Rotterdam, Holland. She has lived, studied and worked in South Africa, Europe and the United States. Her formal, classical art training began at thirteen after being overawed by the mammoth work of Rembrandt’s “Nightwatch”, in the Rijksmuseum. Louw is an Honors Graduate in Fine Art from Rhodes University, South Africa. She shortly studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and continues her studies in the daunting quest for an ‘ultimate painting’.
The Award winning artist’s earlier work was largely influenced by the Dutch School and later, the wide-open spaces and bright colors of the African landscape where she lived and painted for many years. Now she is known locally for her large landscape paintings which portray the vast, beautiful plains of the Californian landscape which have proven a new challenge since settling in her new homeland twenty years ago. The quality of infinite and vast spaces and beauty, the light, rolling hills and valleys, is what has captured her imagination. Recently a new studio in Sonoma County alongside the ocean, has encouraged a new line of landscapes and seascapes.
Her painting process is dictated by her environment and location. Often vibrant color, bold brush work or laden palette knife is used whilst pushing the medium to new boundaries in an everlasting journey of discovery. Landscapes are simplified but not totally abstracted. There is seldom a given format or an urgency of time. Hours and days pass with each piece constantly changing until they appear resolved. The original sketches were possibly a dim guideline. The water and seascapes of subtle greys of mist are an experimental process involving hours of layering glazes and gentle brushwork.
The alternative, fun images of her ‘ladies’, often portraits of unknowing friends, who provocatively pout or pose in humor and bright color are her delight. The artist is honored to lend and donate artwork to raise funds for Child Abuse Prevention, UC Breast Cancer Endowment Fund, and the UN Conference/Japan for ‘Violence against Women’ amongst other worthwhile charities.
The artist is a firm believer of surrounding yourself with happy colors to foster a happy disposition and the importance of a healthy society being surrounded by ‘living art’.
Her work may be found in private and corporate collections in the United States, Holland, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Amongst her clients are American Express, UC Davis, Mercy Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Panatoni Ventures, Granite Bay Ventures, Capital Builders, Transworld and BP South Africa. Louw has been a Crocker Art Museum Auction invitational, KVIE, and recently had a 2 man show with Greg Kondos at The Blueline Gallery. Louw paints full-time, either in Cape Town or California and welcomes the public to her studio in Granite Bay.
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