My Book - Survival
This book was conceived in 2016 when Louise was approached by Big Picture Press with the idea to initially illustrate a pre-existing book. It was soon realised that Louise was not really an Illustrator but a Contemporary Artist, and at the time she was doing a solo show with George Thornton Gallery called 'Survival' based on endangered species, as she was wanting to highlight how many animals are being lost though powerful, arresting imagery. The publishers realised that there wasn't currently a book in existence on endangered species that has bold artwork, was colourful and drew attention to the plight of these animals in a positive, proactive way. Over the course of the next two years, 20 paintings were created by Louise highlighting key species of endangered animals to create this beautiful, iconic and important book called 'Survival'. It covers from the tiny Sapphire-Bellied Hummingbird to the largest animal on the planet - the Blue Whale. McNaught is thrilled that the book has been sponsored by the well-known charity Tusk.org, famously championed by Prince Harry and Prince William, and the foreword is written by Tusk Founder and CEO Charlie Mayhew, and a percentage of the book sales goes towards Tusk. The wording in the book has all been beautifully done by the experienced animal book writer Anna Claybourne and sold 18000 copies so far.
The images from the book are also available as Fine Art Prints in Shop.
Louise McNaught completed her Fine Art Degree BSc (Hons) in 2012 at the University of Greenwich, and she has continued to work as a professional artist ever since, with international representation. She also became a published Author in 2018. Her artwork has also been featured in art fairs in Milan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, Brussels and all over the UK.
Louise‘s creations feature nature and animals, where the animals are God-like, sublime and ethereal in their presence and depiction. McNaught's work is motivated by emotive and spiritual experiences which has manifested in a mixed-media approach. Her soft style 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. When focusing on endangered species the imagery often takes on a duality of not only what is happening to the animal itself, but also reflects how we feel psychologically about the effect the human race is having on these species. Her focus on endangered species has manifested in a book called 'Survival', which Louise created with worldwide publishers Big Picture Press in September 2018. The idea came from the Solo Show Louise was doing with George Thornton Gallery in 2016, also called 'Survival'. The book shows 20 endangered animals painted by McNaught, with facts about the animals plight and conservation efforts. 'Survival' is sponsored by the well-known charity Tusk.org with proceeds of the book going toward helping their cause.
By subverting traditional representation she hints at darker consequences, yet paradoxically giving animals an elevated status. Her animals are a medium for self-expression, as lack of context and background suspends the creatures in an internal or even numinous space, where they become a metaphor for the human condition and psyche. By drawing the viewers attention to the animals presence and energy, McNaught is hoping to share with the viewer the awe that the natural world inspires within her.
"Her work presents a pleasant balance between traditional technique and new age spunk" The Quiet Lunch Magazine