Ursula Leach RE

Through colour, constant editing and paring back I aim to express my feelings about the land either as a comment on current agricultural practises – monoculture, huge denuded fields and fluorescent colours –  this, by definition has a political dimension.  Also paradoxically to convey and celebrate the beauty I find and colour’s ability to elicit an inner and emotional response in the viewer. 

Colour is used in a way that is non-literal. Placing colours one against the other is intended to evoke a parallel to the atmosphere of the subject however different that colour is from reality.  Also by radical simplification of shape and composition I hope to stimulate a direct reaction in the audience.

The work is intended to be a document as well as an expression.

Ursula exhibits prolifically across the country and is in many private and public collections.

Trained: Winchester, Wimbledon & West Surrey College of Art & Design

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017                 Within Bounds, The Art Stable, Blandford, Dorset

2016                 The Colour of Things, Oliver Contemporary, London

2013 & 2010   The Art Stable, Blandford, Dorset

2011                 The Arthouse, Bournemouth

2010                 The John Creasey Museum, Salisbury

2008 & 2006   Oliver Contemporary, London

2002 & 1996   Attendi, London

2001                  Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

1994                  Southampton City Art Gallery           

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019               The Arborealists, Guest Artist, The Young Gallery, Salisbury

2019               Connect Art Fair with The Art Stable

2019               Summer Exhibition Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire

2019               Made in Britain, Oliver Contemporary, London

2017              The Masters Open, London

2017              Marshwood Arts Awards, Bridport

2017/16         Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum with Group 7

2016              The Gallery at Dukes, Dorchester with The Art Stable

2016 /18         Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

2016/17/18    The Project Gallery, Arundel

2015/16/17/18 National Open Print Exhibition, London

2015 & 16     The Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford, Devon

2013 & 14      St. Anne’s Gallery, Lewes

2014               The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, London

2014 &1999   RWA  Open, Bristol

2014 & 12      RE International Open, London

2014               Open Print, Salisbury Art Centre

2014               Belgrave Gallery, St.Ives

2014               Millfield Open, Somerset

2013               Highgate Contemporary Art, London, 3 person show (Brian Rice & Tony Martin)

2012               Evolution, Frink & the Next Generation, Bournemouth University

2011/12          Art in the shadow of the Chase, Dorset County Museum & Salisbury Museum

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

2009               Open 09 – Drawing, Salisbury Arts Centre

2008 & 2002  The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

2008 – 2012    London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London

2006,9 & 13    New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

2006 – 16        Arflex, Osaka & Toyko, Japan

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

2004 -06          Elemental Insight, Met. Office, Exeter & tour (Museums Nationwide)

1996                 Redfern Gallery, London


Collections: Ashmolean Museum,Worthing Hospital, St. Marks Hospital,London, Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, Dorset County Hospital, Kirklees Museums, The Curwen Archive, The House of Lords, The John Creasy Museum, Durham University & The Victoria & Albert Museum

Prizes & Awards:  Badger Press Award 2016, Dorset Art Weeks cover competition 2016, Intaglio Print Prize 2009, Curwen Studio Prize 2009, Dorchester Open Prize, South West Arts Award 1996, RK Burt Etching Prize 1993, Southern Arts Award 1989

Selected Articles, Reviews & Publications:  Within Bounds (Annette Ratusniak), The Colour of Things (Jane Rye), The Week 2016, Landscape Plotted & Pieced (Andrew Lambirth), The Wall Street Journal 2013, Open Frequency (Prof. Simon Olding) The Spectator 2012 (Andrew Lambirth), Circles & Tangents 2011 (Vivienne Light) Printmakers Secrets 2009, The Week 2008, 50 Wessex Artists 2007, The Week 2006, Galleries Magazine 2006, Collagraphs & Mixed Media Printmaking 2005, Elemental Insight 2004, Contemporary Art 1994.

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