Louise Kyriakou is a Melbourne based artist whose current practice concentrates on the creation of contemporary ceramic forms using the traditional techniques of low relief sculpting and sgraffito decoration.
Originally an artist/illustrator accustomed to creating two-dimensional works, it wasn't until 2014 that Louise began experimenting with ceramics while teaching visual arts to secondary school students in East Gippsland. As she began exploring surface decoration techniques she could use for lessons with her students, Louise began creating faces on small clay plates with tribal inspired markings, and sunny expressions. The community of ceramic faces has continued to grow in number and style, and they now grace the walls of homes both in Australia and Internationally. Louise now divides her time between her art practice and her education roles in Secondary Schools in Melbourne.
In contrast to her mainly black and white ceramic work, Louise's painting is filled with bright colour and bold geometric compositions. Her interest in graphic design and Modern Art is evident in all her work, but making the work have her own distinct style, rather than an imitation of those before her, is an important aspect of her creation process.
Collectors of her work continue to relay the sense of joy her work brings to a space, and inspires her to continue to create new pieces that are both fun and beautifully designed.
Photo by Annette O'Brien for The Design Files