Biography and CV


b. Sydney, Australia.
Lives and works in Brisbane, QLD Australia
B.A. Fine Arts - QCA, Griffith University. 1992
Masters of Creative Industries (M.C.I) - QUT. Kelvin Grove. 2016

Louise Isackson is a visual artist exploring her painting with images that represent the vibrations of sound through the application of painterly colour on canvas. Louise's paintings investigate parallel languages, and the essence of her combined passion of colour (through paint) and music. Theoretically, Isackson’s paintings occupy the space between colour sensation and the sonic expressions of visual forms. Her paintings and the compositional structure of image-making have a direct reference to her experiences as a professional musician. 

With intensely rich and luminous colour, Louise Isackson paints with emotive intent while influenced by her combined passions: Colour and Music. Often hovering between abstraction and realism, Louise Isackson paints with vibrant colour and shimmering brushstrokes to express her passion for sound/colour correlation. 
Isackson draws inspiration from Kandinski’s The Spiritual in Art colour correlation theories. She interprets the sensory impact of colour by combining shimmering brush stroke effects with elusive abstract forms. The result is a collision of sound and sight that brings to life the raw emotional experience of music, only splashed across the canvas.

“I have a keen interest in the musicality of colour, and explore this constantly as I’m painting. My titles are often referring to notes, tonal keys, tempo, music theory and movements. What I’m most inspired to create in my paintings is translating the emotion of sound into colour, form and light. My process involves painting while listening, developing an intuition for the corresponding colours, building up layers of shapes, marks and tones in structural composition that visualise a resonance similar to musical vibration”.

Louise began her art career by completing a Fine Art degree at Griffith University. She showed her work in exhibitions with many local galleries based on her visual art studies before taking up a career in the corporate world of design and advertising. True to a renaissance person, Louise also moonlighted as a performing Jazz Singer, and performed in Japan and New York. Completing her QUT masters thesis in Creative Industries in 2016 marked her departure from the IT world into a full time dedication as a visual artist. 




1993   B.A. Fine Art: Painting Major. QCA: Griffith University, Brisbane QLD

1997   Diploma of Visual Communication: Design College Australia Brisbane QLD

2015   Experience and Interaction Design: General Assembly Sydney, NSW

2016   Masters Creative Industries (MCI): Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Kelvin Grove, QLD




Colour Ensembles: Side Gallery (Solo exhibition) Brisbane QLD

Lethbridge Small Scale Art Prize Exhibition (Prize Finalist) Brisbane QLD


Fields of Light: The Third Quarter Gallery (Solo exhibition) Brisbane QLD

TEN Group Exhibition: White Canvas Gallery (Group exhibition) Brisbane QLD

RAW Exhibition: Arise @ The MET (Group exhibition) Brisbane QLD.


Studio 18 Gallery Launch: Louise Isackson Studio Gallery. (Solo exhibition) Brisbane, QLD


X-hibition 2017: Studio 18 Gallery. (Group exhibition) Artists: Louise Isackson & Kellie North



2005 Manhattan Transfer (works on paper): Baguette Gallery (Solo exhibition) Brisbane, QLD

2003 Elementary: Tracey Keller Gallery (Solo exhibition)

2002 Landscapes of Thought: Doggett Street Studios (Solo exhibition) Brisbane, QLD

1995 Illumination: Metro Arts Gallery. (Solo exhibition) Brisbane, QLD

1993 QCA Gallery: Graduate Exhibition ‘93 Brisbane, QLD

1992 Art = Aura: Space Plentitude (Group exhibition) Brisbane, QLD


Works held by commission or private collections: Locations throughout Queensland, NSW, Victoria, United States, Germany and Japan.


Finalist 2020 Lethbridge Small Scale Art Prize

Finalist 2018 COSSAG Art Prize Exhibition. Brisbane QLD

Finalist 2019 Rotary Art Spectacular. Brisbane QLD


1998     Graphic Design Teacher; Martin College Brisbane

2002     Sessional Teacher (Design); QCA. Griffith University

2003     Guest Lecturer QUT Graphic & Visual Design: Kelvin Grove Campus

2015     Design Thinking Workshops: Venture Crowd, General Assembly, Oakton Pty. Ltd.

2019     Themed Painting Classes and Workshops, Location - Brisbane. Studio 18 Gallery 


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