Photo: Ursula Leach in Cranborne, South West

Ursula Leach


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. 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

Location Cranborne, South West
Activities Residencies, Workshops, Arts in health, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Environment, Painting, Printmaking
Tags Colour, Landscape, Agriculture, Simplicity, Carborundum Prints, Oil paint, Environment

News & Events

  • A Promised Land

    Group exhibition at St. Anne's Gallery, Lewes from March 21st - April 4th including and curated by Nick Carrick. Artists include Tom Hammick, Andrzej Jackowski, Ilona Szalay and Susie Hamilton

  • Winter Exhibition

    10/12/2014 – 30/01/2015
    The Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London W1S 3LJ

    Group show

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  • Interrogating Landscapes

    A project with Dorset Visual Arts collaborating with two other artists to extend our practice into other media, in this case film and projection

  • The Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, Bristol

    An open competition for painting,printmaking and sculpture 12th October - 7 December 0117 973 5129 I have had two paintings selected for this, one hung the other not.

  • The National Original Print Exhibition

    A competition to be held at The Bankside Gallery, London SE1 9JH, 16 -28 September 2014 I have had three prints selected for this.

  • The National Open Art Competition

    I had two paintings preselected for this competition but they didn't get through to the final selection. However they can be viewed on the National Open Art Competition's website.

  • The Threadneedle Prize

    Competition for figurative painting, printmaking and sculpture. I have had a painting selected for this exhibition which will take place at The Mall Galleries, London from September 25 - October 11th

  • The Mail on Sunday for December 22nd 2013

    Chosen by Fay Weldon as her favourite contemporary painter amongst writers, musicians etc..

  • Landscape plotted and pieced

    16/11/2013 – 07/12/2013
    Kelly Ross Fine Art,The Art Stable, Blandford, DT11 8HB

    One person show with an introduction written by Andrew Lambirth

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  • Brian Rice, Ursula Leach and Tony Martin

    09/10/2013 – 02/11/2013
    Highgate Contemporary Art

    Three person print exhibition to celebrate the launch of Brian Rice's book

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