Approved: 16.08.2006

Ursula Leach

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

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

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  • Location: Cranborne, South West
  • Activities: Residencies, Workshops, Arts in health, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Studio practice
  • Categories: Drawing, Environment, Painting, Printmaking
  • Tags: Colour, Landscape, Agriculture, Simplicity, Carborundum Prints, Oil paint, Environment, Buidings
 
 
 

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    Biography

    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, semi-abstract.  Career path:- 2014 Work exhibited in three major Open Exhibitions - The Threadneedle Prizes, The RWA Open & The Millfield Open. 2011-2015 Works on consignment to Marlborough Graphics, London. 2009-20015 Represented by The Art Stable, Blandford, Dorset. 2002-2015 Represented by Oliver Contemporary London and Highgate Contemporary, London. 2013 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.2002 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. 2001 Catalogue written by Lynne Green to accompany touring exhibition, Growing Concerns, 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 1996 Elected Associate of Royal Society of Painter Printmakers 1995 Represented by Attendi Gallery, London 1993 R K Burt Etching Prize, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath 1989 Exhibition and Residency, The Chesil Gallery, Portland, Dorset, financially assisted by Southern Arts 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

    CV & Education

    Selected Solo Exhibitions

    2016    The Colour of Things, Oliver Contemporary, London

    2016    Acanthus Gallery, Wareham, Dorset

    2013    Landscape Plotted & Pieced, The Art Stable, Blandford, Dorset

    2010    Homeland, The Art Stable, Kelly Ross Fine Art, Blandford, Dorset

    2010    Seeing Change, The John Creasey Museum, Salisbury

    2008    On the Edge, Oliver Contemporary, London

    2006    Colour Fields, Oliver Contemporary, London

    2002    Growing Concerns, Attendi Gallery, London

    2001    Growing Concerns, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

    1997    Scratching the Surface, Attendi, London

    1996    Scratching the Surface, Stansell Gallery, Taunton

    1994     Landmarks, Southampton City Art gallery

     

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2016   The Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford with Group 7

    2015   National Original Print Exhibition,London

    2015   The Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford

    2015    A Promised Land, St Anne's Gallery, Lewes

    2014    The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, London

    2014    RWA Open, Bristol

    2014    Open Print Exhibition, Salisbury Art Centre

    2014    National Open Print Exhibition, London

    2014    Millfield Open, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset

    2014    Belgrave St Ives, Cornwall

    2013    Highgate Contemporary London.Three person show with Brian Rice, Tony Martin

    2013    Hilton Fine Art, Bath  

    2012    Evolution: Frink and the Next Generation, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth

    2012    RE OPEN International Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

    2011    In The Shadow of the Chase, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester & Salisbury Museum

    2011     London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, with Marlborough Graphics

    2011     Print & Design Now, SW1 Gallery and Bearspace, London

    2008-12 London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy Of Arts, London

    2009-16 The Art Stable, Blandford, Dorset

    2009     Open 09 Drawing, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire

    2006-15 Arflex, Osaka & Tokyo, Japan 

    2008     The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London. Invited artist

    2007      The Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset.  Two person show

    2006/09 &13  New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey

    2002-16    Oliver Contemporary, London

    2005/02 &1995  Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London

    2004-06   Elemental Insight, Met Office, Exeter; BBC, London, Museums Derby,Canterburyetc

    2003-07   Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden

    2003        In Praise of Trees, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury

    2002       The Discerning Eye, Mall Gallery, London

    1994-2003 National Print Exhibition, Mall Gallery, London

    1998        A Flight over Cranborne Chase, Salisbury Playhouse

    1996        Summer Exhibition, Redfern Gallery, London

    Competitions, Prizes and Awards

    2016 Cover winner for Dorset Art Weeks brochure. 2009 - Intaglio Printmaking Prize, Bankside Gallery, London.  2006   Dorchester Open - Prizewinner, 2005 - The Curwen Print Studio Prize, Bankside Gallery, London. 1996 South West Arts Award. 1993 The RK Burt Etching Prize, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. 1989 Southern Arts Award

    Publications

    2016 - The Week - review.  

    2013 -The Wall Street Journal, 2013- Open Frequency (www.axisweb.org), 2012- The Spectator 

    2012 - The Public Catalogue Foundation, 2011 - Art in The Shadow of the Chase ,

    2009 - Printmakers Secrets, 2006 & 2008 -The Week, 2006 - Galleries Magazine, 

    2006 - 50 Wessex Artists (Evolver Books), 2005 - Collagraphs and Mixed Media  

    Printmaking, 2004 - Elemental Insight Catalogue, 1994 - Landmarks Catalogue (Lynne     

     Green),  1994 - Contemporary Art Magazine

    Collectiions

    Ashmolean Museum, Worthing Hospital, St Marks Hospital, London, The Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, Dorset County Hospital, Kirklees Museums, The Curwen Archive, The House of Lords & The Creasey Collection