about Lou Partridge

Born and raised in Buckinghamshire, Lou moved to London to study at the University of Westminster, graduating with a degree in Illustration in 1993.  She moved to Brighton in 1994, where she got a job at the long gone CJ Graphics artshop in Bond Street and started working with colleague and theatre design graduate Abi Macleod on creative projects under the name of Red Hen. 

Lou’s artwork is inspired by her love of and respect for the natural world; also by folklore, mythological tales and history.  In her work she tries to convey the magic of the landscape and of nature, and though this, remind us of our ancient roots, connected to the natural world. She studied narrative painting at university and this has strongly influenced her work - each piece tells a story. At the moment she works mostly in acrylic with metal leaf, powders, handmade paper and glitter. 

Aside from painting and illustration Lou also designs and makes sets, props and costumes for theatre, carnival and display and works in the mediums of mosaic, appliqué, printmaking and photography .  Under the name of Red Hen Lou runs creative workshops in theatre inspired projects such as puppet, mask and head-dress making.   Lou currently teaches arts & crafts to adults with learnng disabilites and also works as a freelance artist, showing work mostly across Sussex, where she lives high up on the Downs, overlooking the sea with her partner and cat.

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