Born in 1983
Lives and works in Bali, Indonesia and New York City


2006 BA, Art Semiotics, Brown University, Providence, RI


2018 Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming)
2017 Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India (forthcoming)
2016 Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture, The Drawing Center, New York
2015 Harmonic Tremor, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York
2014 The Six-Sided Force, Pioneer Works, New York
2013 Long Distance Gardening, Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India
2012 Tide Fulcrum & The Motion of Fixed Stars, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York
2011 The Fool, IBID Projects, London, England
2010 The Directory, IMO Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
House of Instruments, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York
2008 The Plant Life of Saints, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York


2017 Exhibition of Work of Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts 2017, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2016 Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science, The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
2015 Tyger, Tyger: Lynn Chadwick and the Art of Now, Berman Museum,Pennsylvania TOWER, Ibid Projects, London, UK The Nothing That Is – a drawing show in 5 parts, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, North Carolina
2014 Top Drawer: Select Drawings from the High’s Collection, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia Like a Virgin, VI,VII, Oslo, Norway IBID Projects, Los Angeles, California
2013 Exhibition Prix Canson 2013, Petit Palais, Paris, France
2012 Rorschach, curated exhibition, Phillips de Pury & Co., New York
2011 Night Scented Stock, Curated by Todd Levin, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York Quiet Like A Lake,1/9 Unosunove Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy Entanglement, Regina Rex, Brooklyn, NY Group Show, IBID Projects, London, England Making a Mark: Drawings from the Contemporary Collection, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2010 The Pencil Show, Foxy Production, New York Creeds, Colors, Combinations, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York Moving Paper Animation Festival, Museum of Arts and Design, New York
2009 Palm Beach Film Festival, Palm Beach, FL
2007 Element Editions, New York
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH
Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington NC
CON-CAN Film Festival, Tokyo Japan
Black Maria Film Festival, Jersey City, NJ


Born in 1983 Rodney, Seph. Best of 2016, Hyperallergic, December 27, 2016
Voon, Claire. Drawing the Invisible Shapes of Energy, Hyperallergic, March 16, 2016
Coleman, Adrian. Louise Despont at the Drawing Center with Aaron Taylor Kuffner, White Hot Magazine, March 4, 2016
Design Wire – Louise Despont, Interior Design Magazine, February 2016
Harrington-Johnson, Heidi. Critics’ Picks: Louise Despont, ARTFORUM,January 29, 2016
Louise Despont, Art in America, May 7, 2015
Bright Prospects, Architectural Digest, December 2014
Coleman, Adrian. Louise Despont at Pioneer Works, White Hot Magazine August 6, 2014
Louise Despont Draws Deep, Art 21 (online documentary), June 13, 2014
Intercourse Magazine (Cover), Issue #2, March 2014
Sharma, Viseshika. Louise Despont Q&A, Verve, March 2013
Long Distance Gardening!, Platform, March 11, 2013
Kher, Ruchika. Where art meets the ledger book, Mid-Day, March 9, 2013
It’s all symbolic, Marie Claire India, February 2013
Vepa, Shweta. Sacred Spaces, Luxpresso, March 2013
Ghose, Deepika. Artistic Musings, L’Offciel India, March 2013
Mogali, Roshan Kumar. In the Garden of Fate, Imperia, March 2013
Chakrabarti, Priyanka. Drawing the Intangible, Atelier, March 2013
Arslan, Zaira. Geometry in Art, The Indian Express, March 10, 2013
Chande, Jerusha Ratnam, When art meets accountancy, Vogue India, March 7, 2013
Naik, Varsha. A good drawing hums: Louise Despont, DNA India, March 7, 2013
International artist Louise Despont to showcase this month, The Times of India, March 5, 2013
Louise Despont, Vitamin D2, Phaidon Press
Valli, Marc. Showcase: Louise Despont, Elephant Magazine, Winter 2012/2013
Just Added: Louise Despont @ Nicelle Beauchene, 2% the two percent, January 8, 2013
Louise Despont, The New Yorker, January 10, 2013
Rosenberg, Karen. Louise Despont: ‘Tide Fulcrum & the Motion of Fixed Stars’, The New York Times, January 10, 2013
Wolf, Alex. Louise Despont, The Last Magazine, January 9, 2013
Heinrich, Will. ‘Louise Despont: Tide Fulcrum & The Motion of Fixed Stars’ at Nicelle Beauchene, The New York Observer, January 8, 2013
Kleinberg Romanow, Joanna. Louise Despont: Tide Fulcrum & The Motion of Fixed Stars at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Drawing Center Blog, December 11, 2012
Louise Despont’s Antique Ledger Pages, Juxtapoz, April 6, 2012
Oliver, William. Devendra Banhart Selects Louise Despont: Architectural Precision on Ancient Parchments, Dazed and Confused, January 2012
Dessanany, Margherita. Louise Despont: The Fool,, November 27, 2011
Smith, Roberta. Night Scented Stock, Art in Review, New York Times, October 13, 2011
Marris, Kate. Louise Despont, Jutta Koether, Alicja Kwade, Anj Smith, Marianne Vitale, Unica Zurn,, July 5, 2011
Dziuba, Vanessa and Le Saout, Marine. Collection No. 2
Louise Despont- IMO,, December 22, 2010
Cotter, Holland, Louise Despont, New York Times, October 15, 2010
Howard, Christopher, Louise Despont, October 1, 2010
Codrington, Andrea, Holding Pattern, Modern Painters, February 2010
Younger Than Jesus catalogue, New Museum, 2009
Miller, Leigh Anne. Louise Despont, Art in America, December 2008
NADA Emerging Artist Page, L Magazine, Sept 3-9, 2008
Smith, Roberta. New York Times, June 13, 2008
Tillotson, Donna. The Globe and Mail, May 10, 2008


2017 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
2009 Fulbright Fellowship, Travel grant in visual arts, India
2007 Jury Citation, Black Maria Film Festival
2006 Weston Price Film Award, Brown University
2005 Film Award and Grant, Princess Grace Foundation, New York
2005 Creative Arts Council Grant, Brown University
2004 Creative Arts Council Grant, Brown University
Born in 1983 Lives and works in Bali, Indonesia and New York City


2008Polli Talu Arts Center, Artist in Residence, Estonia
The MacDowell Colony, Artist in Residence, Peterborough, NH

2009 Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi


High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Museum of Modern Art, New York
RISD Museum, Providence
U.S. Embassy Collection

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Louise Despont’s drawings open a space that is both ancient and contemporary. In her works made on old ledger paper with the original notations obscured by successive layers of mark making, Despont creates an archaic atmosphere suggested by the paper together with the sense of layering and erasure, which evokes the palimpsestical approach of Cy Twombly. But her project also shares aspects of such information-based works as the “writings” of Hanne Darboven, where the activity of drawing itself is conducted as a self-reflective discourse. With its graph-paper ground and its reliance on a system that contains monumental composition made up of smaller gridded uniform panels.

The basic forms of Despont’s diagrams derive from sacred mandalas, traditional metaphysical mappings, and the related realm of sacred geometry. Although the mandala as such is an Indian or Tibetan schema of the cosmos, mandala-like expressions exist in various forms in nearly all cultures. Individually and as a body of work, Despont’s drawings denote a balance between sacred and profane, good and evil, chaos and order, creation and destruction.

In 2014 Despont moved to Bali, Indonesia where she works and resides most of the time. A series of drawings in this show are inspired by the jungle and gardens surrounding her home. A constant theme in her work for over 10 years has been the study of relationships and pairings that derive from a curiosity to discover the unseen element that arises from these couplings. May it be abstract geometry, architecture, figurative, or botanical, Despont has long felt that the drawings develop from a process of unfolding a relationship and searching for it’s point of balance and harmony. This process is not unlike the cocreative act of gardening. Despont also considers the sacred nature of Balinese rituals to be synonymous with her own drawing practice, connecting and reinforcing the physical and spiritual planes while transforming energy and space through one’s intention and focus. The sensitivities of pencil, paper, and ink provide us with the transparency that allows us to gaze not only upon but through these works, to the motivating forces behind them.

Louise Despont received her BA in Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2006. Her work has been presented internationally in public and private venues including Pioneer Works, Brooklyn; The Museum of Arts and Design, New York; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, IMO Projects, Copenhagen, IBID Projects, London, among numerous others. The artist is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Weston Price Film Award from Brown University, Princess Grace Grant recipient and MacDowell fellow. In January 2016 the artist opened her first major solo museum exhibition at The Drawing Center, New York, titled ‘Energy Scaffolds and Information Architecture’. From this show the MoMA acquired a major piece of her work. In March 2017 the artist was awarded the prestigious, Rosenthal Family Foundation Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Despont lives and works between Bali and New York.