For the Love of Pure Color The bold, brilliant paintings that are Louise P. Sloane’s newest work are the culmination of more than a decade-long shift from the muted tones and abundant imagery that characterized her earlier endeavors. Even those paintings had started out with a great deal of color, Sloane confessed, but she toned them down, afraid of their brightness. Several years ago, however, another artist, Richard Anuszkiewicz, teased her about her fear of flamboyance and told her it was time to get over it if she really wanted to work with color. That comment had an impact as evidenced by these high-voltage results. The paintings are now extremely concentrated, less discursive than in the past and zoom in on form, color and texture with more or less equal intensity. The formats are all verticals, off-square by a few inches for lift, and the compositions are quite straightforward but despite that, or because of that directness, that visual simplicity, they pack an enormous punch right between the eyes. Divided into four quadrants that frame a central square, the eye is drawn immediately to it as if to the center of a target—the “instant communication” that the artist strives for. Only then does the viewer begin to parse the whole. Sloane’s paintings recall Albers’ well-known color studies, Color Field painting and the geometric abstractions of the 1970s, all sources that have influenced her although her concerns are as expressive as they are formal. The color is applied to what is usually an aluminum surface these days, the support constructed so that the paintings hang slightly away from the wall. The color at the edges then reflects onto the wall and is returned as a kind of circumscribing aura. Sloane uses color straight-up, without mixing. The mixing takes place on the painting itself, optically, as one color reacts to the other, a red against a green, say, or a blue against an orange. The colors are not always complementary. She might pair a blue against a near shade of another blue, or a family of reds with each other as in LRBS or The Mighty Atom. The titles are mostly descriptive (OOCBT, VVPPO for instance, the letters standing for hues) and trumpet Sloane’s newfound ease with blasts of full-bodied color. She has also been accentuating the paintings’ negative space. The juxtapositions of color can act as a contrasting outline around a quadrant or square and give off a flash of light, a shimmer, where they meet. But each section is a complex sequence of hues from the ground up, reverberating with hidden shades, the topmost layer the sum of what lies beneath. The surface also holds Sloane’s signature extrusions (she’s a whiz with a pastry tube). The squiggles of text add an additional color note and level of signification. Painstakingly written and overwritten, Sloane’s inscribed text, deeply meaningful to her, is a form of private meditation; in this series, it uses the short stories written by her late parents. Turned into relief, it creates a raised pattern that is illegible when she is finished, painting the borders a contrasting color to accentuate the irregularity of the text’s profile and to energize the painting’s edges. She wants the response to be based on the text’s physicality and color, not its meaning. From the beginning, Sloane has depended upon personal narratives and writings to help her get started, provide the pulse of the painting, and to “keep me going” but it is not necessary that the viewer knows the specifics in order to respond to the work. Sloane treats narrative more as process than content, the narrative ultimately becoming an ambience that pervades the formal, its presence and meaning to be intuited—or not, a situation Sloane prefers. Not quite done, she then goes back in with a zero brush as the last step, and very slowly, very carefully, adjusts the color, adding what will be read as highlights, as more luminosity. “Very obsessive,” she admits, “but as an artist, I’m driven by a vision that I need to realize.” Lilly Wei Lilly Wei is a New York-based art critic and independent curator.

Paintings 2007 - 2018
Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Linen
"Ring Of Fire"
2018
Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Linen
36 x 36 x 1.75 inches

Geometric Abstraction with densely textured surface and optically charged colors.

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Canvas
"It's All Good"
2018
Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Canvas
44 x 40 x 1.75 inches

Optically Charged Geometric Abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Canvas
"DangerZone2018"
2018
Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Canvas
44 x 40 x 1.75 inches

Optically charged Geometric Abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Linen
"BURNER"
2018
Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Linen
36 x 36 x 1.75 inches

Geometric Abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Linen
BBRedSquares (blue blue red squares)
2018
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Linen
42 x 42 inches

Geometric Abstraction with densely textured surface and lush optically charged colors.

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Linen
CELESTE
2018
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Linen
48 x 36 inches

Geometric Abstraction with densely textured surface and lush optically charged colors.

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Linen
RRCTS (Red Red Cobalt Teal Square)
2018
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Linen
48 x 72 inches

Geometric Abstraction with densely textured surface and lush optically charged colors.

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Linen
Purple Haze 2017
2017
Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Linen
72 x 64 inches

Geometric Abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic pastes and Paints on Aluminum
Sizzler
2017
Acrylic pastes and Paints on Aluminum
46 x 44 inches

Geometric Abstraction Oranges/Reds/Blues

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Aluminum Panel
PYBS
2017
Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Aluminum Panel
46 x 44 inches

Geometric Abstraktion: pinks/yellows/blues/aqua

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Pastes and Paint on Aluminum Panel
"FATED-6"
2016
Acrylic Pastes and Paint on Aluminum Panel
50 x 46 x 1/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction with densely textured surface and optically charged colors.

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Aluminum Panel
"FATED-7"
2016
Acrylic Pastes and Paints on Aluminum Panel
40 x 36 x 1/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction with densely textured surface and optically charged colors.

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Aluminum Panel
"Fated 4"
2016
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Aluminum Panel
40 x 36 x 1/8 inches

Optically Charged Geometric Abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Aluminum Panel
"Fated 5"
2016
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Aluminum Panel
40 x 36 x 1/8 inches

Optically Charged Geometric Abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
In The Pink
2015
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
40 x 36 x 1/8 inches

Intense pinks/reds/turquoise center/yellow rimmed geometric abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
Sold DotBLUES2015
2015
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
40 x 36 x 1/8 inches

Predominantly blue - negative spaces lavendar and light blue - center square cad red dark over medium magenta. Highlighted by cad orange edge. Geometric abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paint, Pastes and Gouache on bent aluminum panel
BULLETS
2015
Acrylic Paint, Pastes and Gouache on bent aluminum panel
50 x 46 x 1/8 inches

Optically charged, densely textured geometric abstratction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints, Pastes and Gouache on Bent Aluminum Panel
Sold Dot4CBS
2014
Acrylic Paints, Pastes and Gouache on Bent Aluminum Panel
50 x 46 x 1/8 inches

Densely Textured Optically Charged Geometric Abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paint on Aluminum Panel
The Mighty Atom
2014
Acrylic Paint on Aluminum Panel
50 x 46 x 1/8 inches

Optically charged geometric abstract painting

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
Sold DotDangerZone
2014
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
50 x 46 x 1/8 inches

Optically Charged Geometric Abstraction

Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
BURTRYB
2014
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
50 x 46 x 1/8 inches

Optically Charged Geometric Abstraction

Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints on Bent Aluminum Panel
CCBAS (CeruleanCobaltBluesAquaSquare)
2013
Acrylic Paints on Bent Aluminum Panel
50 x 46 x 3/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction with dense texture surface
Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paint on Bent Aluminum Panel
YYLB(YellowYellowLightBlue)
2013
Acrylic Paint on Bent Aluminum Panel
52" x 46" x 3/8"

Geometric Abstraction.
Bright Yellows with Light Ultramarine Blue Center
Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
Sold DotBBCRD (BlueBlueCadRedDark)
2013
Acrylic Paints and Pastes on Bent Aluminum Panel
56 x 48 x 1/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction
Photo Credit: Etienne Frossard

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paint on Bent Aluminum Panel
Sold DotVioletsRed
2013
Acrylic Paint on Bent Aluminum Panel
56 x 48 x 3/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction
Violet quadrants with bright red center square
Photo Credit: D.James Dee

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints on bent aluminum panel
Sold DotOOUMBLS
2012
Acrylic Paints on bent aluminum panel
50 x 46 x 3/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction
Bright Oranges with Light Ultra Marine Blue Center

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers, Paints and Gouache on Canvas
BlueBlueCRL (Bounce)
2012
Acrylic Polymers, Paints and Gouache on Canvas
60 inches x 48 inches x 1.5 inches

Geometric Abstraction with Densely Textured Surface
Deep blue quadrants with cad red medium center
Photo Credit: D.James Dee

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic paints on bent aluminum panel
"CBRRO"
2012
Acrylic paints on bent aluminum panel
60" x 48" x 1/8"

Geometric Abstraction.
Reds on top of intense blue background with orange center over lime green

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers, Paint and Gouache on Aluminum Panel
Sold DotSOMEBODY - REDPINKCB
2012
Acrylic Polymers, Paint and Gouache on Aluminum Panel
50 inches x 46 inches x 1/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction with densely textured surface

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Paint on Wood Panel
HBlues
2011
Acrylic Polymers and Paint on Wood Panel
80 inches x 72 inches x 1 inches

Geometric Abstraction
Cool Blue Quadrants with Green-Yellow Cool tone Center

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints and Polymers on Wood Panel
Sold DotThe Mighty Quins
2011
Acrylic Paints and Polymers on Wood Panel
80 inches x 72 inches x 1.5 inches

Geometric Abstraction
Permanent Collection New Britain Museum of American Art

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints, Polymers and Gouache on Aluminum Panel
Sold Dot"OOP"
2012
Acrylic Paints, Polymers and Gouache on Aluminum Panel
26 inches x 24 inches x 3/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction
Bright Orange Quadrants with Red Violet/Magenta Center

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic polymers and paint on bent aluminum panel
Sold Dot"TYHJ"
2011
Acrylic polymers and paint on bent aluminum panel
40 inches x 36 inches x 3/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction
(private collection)

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints on Aluminum Panel
LtGreenNRL
2010
Acrylic Paints on Aluminum Panel
50 inches x 46 inches x 3/4 inches

Geometric abstraction with dense texture surface
Bright Light Green Quadrants with Napthol Red Light Center

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Paints on Aluminum Panel
Sold DotOrangeTealLavs
2010
Acrylic Paints on Aluminum Panel
34 inches x 30 inches x 3/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction with dense texture surface

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic paints on aluminum panel
GreenSquareWithReds
2010
Acrylic paints on aluminum panel
34 inches x 30 inches x 3/8inches

geometric abstraction with dense surface texture

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic polymers,paint and gouache on aluminum panel
Sold DotRedSquareCoolBlues
2010
Acrylic polymers,paint and gouache on aluminum panel
26 inches x 24 inches x 1/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction
(private collection)

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers, Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Gouache on Aluminum Panel
RedRedOrangeSquare
2010
Acrylic Polymers, Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Gouache on Aluminum Panel
50" x 46" x 1/8"

post minimalist geometric abstraction which utilizes objectified writing as texture surface

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers, Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Gouache on Aluminum Panel
LightUBSquare
2010
Acrylic Polymers, Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Gouache on Aluminum Panel
40 inches x 36 inches x 1/8 inches

post minimalist geometric abstraction which utilizes objectified writing as texture surface

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers, Pigment and Paint on Panel
YellowYellowBlue
2008
Acrylic Polymers, Pigment and Paint on Panel
80 inches x 56 inches x 1.5 inches

Post Minimalist inspired abstract painting

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Paint on Aluminum Panel
BBCRedM
2009
Acrylic Polymers and Paint on Aluminum Panel
54" inches x 46 inches x 3/4 inches

Post minimalist inspired geometric abstract painting which uses objectified written communications as texture

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Metal Panel
Sold DotYellowYellowNRedLight
2008
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Metal Panel
52inches x 46 inches x 3/8 inches

Geometric Abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on cold rolled steel panel
Sold DotKADAG
2007
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on cold rolled steel panel
50 inches x 46 inches x 0.0598 inches

Geometric abstraction, post minimalist color based painting, lush layered colors, narrative abstraction of objectified written text
(private collection)

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Aluminum Panel
YYCT
2009
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Aluminum Panel
54 inches x 46 inches x 1/4 inches

Post minimalist inspired geometric abstract painting which uses objectified written communications as texture

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Metal Panel
Sold DotVioletVioletAqua
2008
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Metal Panel
32" x 28" x 3/8"

Post Minimalist Geometric Abstraction which objectifies written communications as texture surface

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Paint on Metal Panel
OrangeOrangeCobaltTeal
2008
Acrylic Polymers and Paint on Metal Panel
52" x 46" x 3/8"

Post minimalist geometric abstraction with objectified written communications as texture surface

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment of Aluminum Panel
Sold DotVOxideCobaltBlue
2009
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment of Aluminum Panel
26" x 24" x 3/8"

Post minimalist inspired lushly colored painting with a raised texture surface comprised of objectified writing

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Paint on Aluminum Panel
Sold DotGGMagenta
2009
Acrylic Polymers and Paint on Aluminum Panel
26" x 24" x 3/4"

Geometric Abstraction, Lush Greens with Magenta Center Square

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigments on cold rolled steel panel
LFGREENBLUEBLUE
2007
Acrylic Polymers and Pigments on cold rolled steel panel
40" x 36" x 0.0598"

Lushly colored geometric abstraction with densely textured surface

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Aluminum Panel
CobaltTealBounce
2008
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Aluminum Panel
40" x 36" x 3/8"

Geometric abstraction

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on  Aluminum Panel
Sold DotVBAquaSquare
2008
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Aluminum Panel
40" x 36" x 3/8"

Geometric abstraction, post minimalist color based painting, lush layered colors, narrative abstraction of objectified written text
(private collection)

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Aluminum Panel
Sold DotTerraBlueSquare
2008
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on Aluminum Panel
40" x 36" x 3/8"

Geometric abstraction, post minimalist color based painting, lush layered colors, narrative abstractions of objectified written text.
(private collection)

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on cold rolled steel panel
HOWLINTOSPRING
2007
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on cold rolled steel panel
30" x 28" x 0.0598"

Post minimalist, grid based, lushly colored geometric abstraction which utilizes objectified written communications as as texture

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on aluminum panel
LF-BLUEORANGE
2007
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on aluminum panel
32" x 28" x 3/8"

Post minimalist, grid based, lushly colored geometric abstraction which utilizes objectified written communications as as texture
(Sideshow Gallery)

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on aluminum panel
Sold DotOrangeOrangeGreen
2007
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on aluminum panel
32" x 28" x 3/8"

Post minimalist, grid based, lushly colored geometric abstraction which utilizes objectified written communications as as texture

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers on Aluminum Panel
RRUMB
2014
Acrylic Polymers on Aluminum Panel
32 x 28 x 3/8 inches

Geometric abstraction, post minimalist color based painting, lush layered colors, narrative abstraction of objectified written text

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on cold rolled steel panel
Sold DotOrangeSquare2
2007
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on cold rolled steel panel
30" x 28" x 0.0598"

Geometric abstraction, post minimalist color based painting, lush layered colors, narrative abstraction of objectified written text
(private collection)

Louise P. Sloane Paintings 2007 - 2018 Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on aluminum panel
Sold DotHarlequin3
2007
Acrylic Polymers and Pigment on aluminum panel
32" x 28" x 3/8"

Post minimalist, grid based, lushly colored geometric abstraction which utilizes objectified written communications as as texture
(private collection)

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