At the BAU Institute Artist Residency in Otranto, Italy, 2010

At the BAU Institute Artist Residency in Otranto, Italy, 2010



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Louise LeBourgeois is a painter, writer, and open water swimmer. The flux, heft, and ever-changing moods of Lake Michigan inspire her paintings. She uses the simple elements of sky, horizon, and water to explore the boundless possibilities of emotional temperature.

LeBourgeois creates her paintings with both opaque layers of color and transparent glazes. She sands between each layer, slightly abrading the surface and eliminating evidence of brushstrokes. Accumulated color and its subtraction are crucial to the visual tone of her paintings.

LeBourgeois is mesmerized by the luminosity of deep water as she swims. Through her working process, she aims for a similar radiance in her painting. 


LeBourgeois earned an MFA in Painting from Northwestern University in 1994 and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago in 2016.

She has exhibited her paintings in galleries throughout the United States and in Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands. She has published her writing in the Chicago Quarterly Review and The Rumpus.


Louise LeBourgeois and her husband, the painter Steven Carrelli, live in Chicago, only a short walk from Lake Michigan.


Gallery Affiliations


Aron Packer Projects, Chicago


Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco


Gallatin River Gallery, Montana


Gold Gallery, Boston