Julie Leach is a UK based artist who works with the elements, primarily the wind, to document the invisible forces of nature. Influenced by the eastern philosophy of wabi-sabi, Julie explores qualities of transience, intangibility and ephemerality in both the concept and the aesthetic of her work.

 

Facilitating ‘nature as artist’, drawings are created through direct engagement with the processes of the natural world. The drawings, which express extraordinary lightness, energy and movement, may be an entity in themselves or are developed through etching or screen printing into works on paper or silk.

 

The physical connection of working outside, in often challenging conditions, is an important part of Julie’s practice. The sense of freedom, risk and the wildness of nature provides a revitalising balance to the domestic, the comfortable and the virtual. Julie deliberately relinquishes control to nature in order to bypass the conscious brain and personal ego. There is a meditative value in both process and outcomes that offers a sense of personal perspective.

galleries

Gallery 57, Arundel​

Bevere Gallery, Worcester

Irving Gallery, Oxford

The Drugstore Gallery, Axbridge

Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway

selected awards

2018

2014

1981

RBSA Print Exhibition Prize, GMC whole submission award – Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking (Distinction) – University of the West of England

Foundation in Art and Design (Distinction) – Hereford College of Arts

B.Ed. Hons (2.1) – Education/Art – Warwick University 

selected exhibitions

2020

Fresh Art Fair – Little Buckland Gallery, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham

Essence – Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway

March Show – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

New Wave – Viner Gallery, Wolverhampton

Elements: air water – Gallery 57, Arundel

A Place to Breathe – Irving Gallery, Oxford

Affordable Art Fair Battersea – The Drugstore Gallery, Battersea Park, London

2019

Inaugural Exhibition – Irving Gallery, Oxford

Ethos – Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway

Manchester Art Fair – The Drugstore Gallery, Manchester Central, Manchester

RWA 167th Annual Open Exhibition – Royal Academy of the West of England, Bristol

Worcestershire Open Studios – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair – Woolwich Arsenal, Woolwich, London

Flow – Gallery 57, Arundel

GPC Summer Print Show – Gloucestershire Print Collective, Museum in the Park, Stroud

In The Moment – Bower Fine Art, 54 The Gallery, Mayfair, London

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead – The Drugstore Gallery, Hampstead, London

Affordable Art Fair Battersea – The Drugstore Gallery, Battersea Park, London

March Show – Bevere Gallery, Worcester

2018

RWA 166th Annual Open Exhibition – Royal Academy of the West of England, Bristol

National Original Print Exhibition – Bankside Gallery, London

Interruptions – Felios Foundation, Athens, Greece

RBSA Print Prize Exhibition – Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham

Stroud Summer Exhibition – Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud

32nd Annual MA Multi-Disciplinary Mini Print Exhibition  Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon

MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Degree Show  University of the West of England, Bristol

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead – The Drugstore Gallery, Hampstead, London

The Broadway Open Art Exhibition – Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway

2017

32nd Annual MA Multi-Disciplinary Mini Print Exhibition – Arnolfini, Bristol

Proof – The Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol

Bristol Artists’ Books Event (BABE) – Arnolfini, Bristol

selected talks, workshops & publications

2020

Workshop: Developing Sketchbooks with Nature as Artist – Broadway Arts Festival, Broadway

Talk: Elemental – Gallery 57, Arundel

2019

Article: Artist Profile - Ox In A Box, Irving Gallery In-House Exhibition


Talk: Drawing the Unconceived – Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway

Demonstration: Botanical – Bevere Gallery Open Studios, Worcester

2018

Article: Jackson's Art, Mychael Barratt Interview - The National Original Print Exhibition 2018

Talk: Drawing the Unconceived – Select Connects, Stroud International Textiles, Stroud

Article: Artist Profile – Manor Magazine, Issue 25, Late Spring 2018, p.75

2017

Talk: Working with the Elemental Energies of Nature – University of the West of England, Bristol

worcestershire, uk 

email: julieleach@live.co.uk

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