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Ursula Leach

Iwerne Minster
Painter & printmaker whose work is a document as well as an expression of what is happening in agriculture today.

Concepts I make prints and paintings responding to farmed landscapes.  Living in a mostly arable landscape I necessarily engage with current farming techniques as well as the natural changes that occur. The work is intended to be a document as well as an expression. Colour has become increasingly important to me as an expression of mood and atmosphere. Pictorial structure and the edge of the image offer exciting scope to explore the space and scale in a landscape of huge fields.  I have become interested in buildings on the land, structures whose uses are sometimes obscure.  Recently the work has become radically simplified and more abstract although always retaining a vestige of figuration and therefore more reliant on the colour being exactly right to elicit the response I am looking for. Processes and techniques Oil paint on canvas. Layering the paint. A lot of editing. Carborundum prints for painterly marks. Etchings with carborundum. Influences environmental, agriculture,  colour, semi-abstract

Career path: 2021 Solo show The Art Stable, 2020 Solo show at Oliver Contemporary, 2017 Solo show at The Art Stable (introduction by Annette Ratuszniak/curator the Frink Estate) 2016  Solo show at Oliver Contemporary reviewed in The Week, 2106 - represented by The Project Gallery, Arundel.  2014 - Work exhibited in three major Open Exhibitions - The Threadneedle Prizes, The RWA Open & The Millfield Open. 2011-2016 Works on consignment to Marlborough Graphics, London.  Represented by The Art Stable, Blandford, Dorset and Oliver Contemporary, London 2002-2017.  Catalogue introduction written by Andrew Lambirth for solo show at The Art Stable. 2013. Chosen by Fay Weldon as her favourite artist in The Mail on Sunday 2013.  Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers 2002.  Catalogue written by Lynne Green to accompany touring exhibition, Growing Concerns 2001 - financially assisted by Attendi Gallery, London; The Old Warehouse Gallery, Dorchester; Maltby Contemporary Art, Winchester. 1998 Commission for Diptych for Worthing Hospital, funded by Artplace, Arundel 1998. Elected Associate of Royal Society of Painter Printmakers  1996.  Represented by Attendi Gallery, London 1995.  R K Burt Etching Prize, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath  1993. Exhibition and Residency, The Chesil Gallery, Portland, Dorset, financially assisted by Southern Arts 1989. 1989/92 BA Hons, Fine Art, West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham 1967/69 Fine Art, Dip AD Course, Wimbledon School of Art 1965/66 Foundation Course, Winchester School of Art


Grown into Trees

Hedge Story

Green Stars

Hips and Haws

Hedge Hieroglyphs

Grown into Trees

Hips and Haws Hammoon

Stem - New Growth

The Edge

The Path


Stunted Hedge

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