Louise Oborne
Paintings, mixed media, works on paper


The main focus of my abstract work is an exploration of atmospherics and process. Drawn to the natural world, I am particularly interested in interactions between earth and sky, water and land, light and air, and natural and human-made forms. These interests also inform my figurative work. Both types of work aim to evoke memory and emotion.

My paintings and prints are in private collections in Canada, France, and abroad.


Curriculum vitae

1984–present Editor/writer (retired) and visual artist.

1973–84  Graphic artist, commercial printing houses and graphic design studios. Editor.

1973–80  York University, Department of Visual Arts (BA). Studio: drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, experimental design. Art History: Asian, African, Western, Modern. Teaching Assistant (African Art).



2016  Small Works (Eclectic Gallery).

2016  Fall Salon (Eclectic Gallery).

2016  Legislated Colour (Martin Batchelor Gallery, group show).

2015  Re-ify (Massey Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, group show).

2014  Small Works (Eclectic Gallery).

2014  Human Condition (Xchanges Gallery artists).

2014  Re-ify (group show at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill – Main Gallery).

2014  Botanical Gestures (Eclectic Gallery with Katherine Farris).

2012  Birds of Uncommon Feather (with Katherine Farris).

2011  Art Incognito (Vancouver Island School of Art, fundraiser).

2010  Art Incognito (Vancouver Island School of Art, fundraiser).

2009  Fairfield Artists Studio Tour (with Katherine Farris).

2007 Art Incognito (Vancouver Island School of Art, fundraiser).

2002  Lost and Found (Pender Island, group show).

2002  Bank Street Art Group: Recent Works (The Gallery at the Mac, group show).

2002  Paint, Collage & Surface (Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, group show).


Continuing studies

2015–2017  Vancouver Island Art Workshops (Nicholas Wilton, Micheal Shemchuk, Claire Desjardins).

2004–2010  Vancouver Island School of Art. Various courses in water media, collage, surface development, principles of abstraction, understanding colour, contemporary drawing, resist drawing, image and idea, nature and the sublime (Wendy Welch, Xane St. Philip, Charles Campbell, Lesley Clarke, Jeroen Witvliet).

2003, 2005, 2007, 2010  Monotype printing (Jamie Evrard).

2002, 2006  Bill Porteous Studio Art Classes. Abstract expressionism, Abstracting the landscape (Bill Porteous).

2002  Xchanges. Collagraphy (Alain Costaz).

2001–2003  Victoria College of Art. Paint, collage, and surface I & II (Wendy Welch).

2000  Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. Intensive life drawing (Heather Spears).

1999  Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. Kantha stitching (Dorothy Caldwell).

1992  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Japanese papermaking (Dorothy Field).

1992–1994  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Chinese brush painting (Nenagh Molson).

1978–82  Toronto School of Art. Drawing, sculpture, silkscreen.



col-LAB-or-ate visual artists

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria