The colours are bold, but the images come out delicate. It is certainly a fine line that artist Louise McNaught tows within her artwork.
McNaught’s work focuses on nature, specifically on the majestic animals of Celtic mythology, such as deer, birds, and the artist’s most beloved creature – the zebra. She blends these creatures with neon colours, old navy maps, and even the stars.
“In my world the animals are God-like, sublime and ethereal in their luminescence,” the artist says in her biography. “My sensitive, soft approach suggests a delicate relationship between nature and ourselves, making a clear point about man’s destruction of nature, which flutters jewel-like in the balance. I subvert traditional representation by hinting at darker consequences, yet giving animals an elevated status, as I am in awe of nature and this is the message I want to get across….”
From her description, it might be argued that she also has a gift with word, perhaps there sleeps a poet in this young artist’s soul.
There is no denying that there is something poetic in McNaught’s work, that much like Keats captured the soul of the nightingale in his poetry, so too does McNaught find something spiritual in her portrayal of nature.
The London based artist can currently be seen making her rounds on the art blogs, so she’s definitely on her way. Check out more of her artwork on her tumblr, saatchionline, or blog – this girl is everywhere.
All images via. Louise McNaught