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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.

As an open water swimmer, LeBourgeois is mesmerized by the luminosity of deep water. She aims for a similar radiance in her painting. Using layers of opaque color and transparent glazes, she sands between each layer, slightly abrading the surface and eliminating evidence of brushstrokes. She achieves the illusion of depth in her work through this repeated accumulation and subtraction of color. 


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 a short walk from Lake Michigan, in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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