Paula Louw makes use of old, unusual and often odd materials and techniques ranging across several disciplines – sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking. Much of this involves the disassembling of machines like typewriters, guns and even pianos.
Paula has an MA in Fine Arts from Wits University (cum laude, 2006), a BA in Fine Arts from Unisa (with distinction, 2002) and a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Pretoria Technikon (1976). She lives in Hermanus, where she works in both two and three dimensions, and exhibits and teaches regularly. Her work can be seen as flowing in two distinct streams – one comprises contemporary, conceptual art and the other comprises commissions for clients such as portraits and landscapes.
Paula has works in a number of collections, both in South Africa and overseas in countries such as the UK, France, Australia and the USA.