Louise Lawton was born in Guernsey in the Channel Islands in 1979. She graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with a BA Hons in painting in 2001. Having also studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti Carrara, she subsequently located her studio in Tuscany for a further five years before returning to her place of birth. During this time Louise has continued to exhibit internationally in solo and group shows in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Chicago and Zurich. She has taken on some prestigious commissions for clients such as the well-known property developers Candy and Candy, oil traders, Mercuria and the President of Impressionism at Christies New York. Renowned for her stark monochrome paintings of figures and crowd formations seen from high-up perspectives, her work is made on boards with a beautifully prepared gesso ground and then drawn onto using compressed charcoal. Photographic in appearance, there is an abundance of white space where the detailed figures are denied any identity with their environment; they are singled out of a rush-hour crowd and placed on an empty stage. Influenced by the works of Samuel Becket, in particular ‘Waiting for Godot’ these figures are often depicted moving in circles, endlessly waiting, ultimately going nowhere. This is in stark contrast to some of her more intricate cityscapes of New York and London. In these, space is scarce and the individuals are unidentifiable. When seen alongside each other, these two works provide a poignant depiction of the individual within a metropolis. She joined Quantum Contemporary Art in 2016, since when we have shown her work in London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.