Sam Leach

Sam Leach

Biography

SAM LEACH
SELECTED WORKS
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Sam Leach’s works are informed by art history, science, and philosophy. He combines the poles of the metaphorical and the empirical, the analogous and the objective, in an ongoing investigation of the relationship between humans and animals. With a distanced, scientific approach, the artist draws connections between data visualisation techniques, semiotics, and formalist abstraction that results in a kind of reductive aesthetics. While the delicate interplay between formalist figuration and modernist abstraction in his paintings operates on one level to distance the viewer – to encourage them to look objectively at the subjects – on another level each animal depicted has a symbolic currency that resonates with the audience on a personal level. The paintings extend their focus from animal life to the spectrum of all life itself, encouraging the viewer to contemplate their role as living creatures on this shared earth.



In 2015 Sam Leach featured in Time Space Existence, a collateral event of the Venice Biennale, and a major monograph with essays by Andrew Frost and esteemed fiction writer TimWinton. In the same year he completed an Art OMI Australia Committee Fellowship Residency in New York. In 2010 Leach won both Wynne and Archibald Prizes at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and he was a finalist for the Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award in 2009. His work has been extensively exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Sam Leach, Future Perfect, Singapore (2013); The Ecstasy of Infrastructure, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria (2012) and Cosmists, 24HR ART, Northern Territory of Contemporary Art, Darwin (2010). Leach was recently included in the group shows Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); SkyLab, La Trobe Regional Gallery, Victoria (2013); Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012) and First Life Residency in Landscape at Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2011).

Awards

2010 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2010 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Exhibitions

SAM LEACH
SELECTED WORKS
EXHIBITIONS
NEWS
SAM LEACH
Born 1973, Adelaide
2005 Master of Arts (Fine Arts) by research RMIT University, Melbourne 2004 Honours Fine Art (Painting), RMIT University, Melbourne
2003 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), RMIT University, Melbourne
1993 Bachelor of Economics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide
AWARDS AND PRIZES
2015 Art OMI Australia Committee Fellowship Residency, New York, United States 2010 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, winner
2010 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, winner
2010 RMIT Alumnus of the Year Award, RMIT University, Melbourne
2009 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, finalist 2009 Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist Award, Sydney, finalist
2009 University of Queensland Self Portrait Prize, Brisbane, finalist
2009 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, finalist
2009 Waterhouse Natural History Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, finalist
2009 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, finalist
2008 Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, finalist 2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, commendation 2008 Fleurieu Biennale, Art of Food and Wine and Water Prize, McLaren Vale, winner
2008 ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award, Sydney, finalist
2008 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, finalist
2007 Siemens Fine Art Award, RMIT University, Melbourne, winner
2007 Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, finalist 2007 Stan and Maureen Duke, Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, finalist 2007 Metro5 Art Award, Metro Gallery, Melbourne, finalist
2007 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, finalist
2006 Fletcher Jones Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Art Geelong, winner
2006 Metro5 Art Award, Metro Gallery, Melbourne, winner
2005 Siemens Fine Art Award, RMIT University, Melbourne, finalist
2004 Siemens Fine Art Award, RMIT University, Melbourne, finalist
COLLECTIONS
Artbank
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour
Christ Church Grammar School, Perth
Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong
Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria
Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast
La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne
Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle
Peggy Scott and David Teplitzky Collection, Wellington, New Zealand RMIT University, Melbourne
University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 The Desire of Things to Move Against Gravity, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney 2015 Crossing Borders, Palazzo Bembo, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
2014 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne
2014 Theriophily and Substance, ART14 London
2013 Careening Meteorites and the Early Mind, Future Perfect, Singapore
2013 Sam Leach, Future Perfect, Singapore
2013 Dymaxion, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2012 The Civilising Process, VOLTA8, Sullivan+Strumpf, Basel, Switzerland
2011-12 Sam Leach: The Ecstasy of Infrastructure, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville
2011 We Have Never Been Modern, ARTHK11, Sullivan+Strumpf, Asia One, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2010 Present at Hand, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2010 Platonia, COMODAA, London, UK
2010 Cosmists, 24HR ART, Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin 2009 The Next Billion Years, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2009 The Margin, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Native Dualism, Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide
2008 Holotypes, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Negentrophies, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2007 Unnatural Selection, Peter Walker Fine Art, Adelaide
2007 The Spoils, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Familie Kapitaal, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney
2005 The Lift, Spacement, Melbourne
2005 The Longed for Departure, Bus Gallery, Melbourne
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 10th Anniversary Group Show, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2014 Conquest of Space, COFA Galleries, Sydney, curated by Dr. Andrew Frost
2014 Art Basel Hong Kong, Sullivan+Strumpf, Hong Kong
2014 The Medium is the Message, La Trobe University Museum of Art, Victoria
2014 SSFA14, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2013 Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2013 Australia: Contemporary Voices, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London, UK
2013 SkyLab, La Trobe Regional Gallery,Victoria
2013 New Horizons, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
2013 Wonderworks, Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
2012 Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2012 Animal/Human, University of Queensland Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane
2012 Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, USA
2011 Imagining the Future, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne
2011 Unknown Pleasures, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
2011 The Rapture of Death, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
2011 The New Arcadia, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore
2011 First Life Residency in Landscape, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2011 Together in Harmony, Korean Foundation Cultural Centre, Seoul, South Korea
2011 SSFA11, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2011 Art Stage Singapore, Sullivan+Strumpf, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
2010 ARTHK10, Sullivan+Strump, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2010 SSFA10, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2010 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2010 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2009 Horror – Come Darkness, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney
2009 The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Melbourne and touring
2009 Nature ID, Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane
2009 Australia Now, Bedfordbury Gallery, London, UK
2009 Surveying the Field, Moreland City Art Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Mute Relics and Bedevilled Creatures – Constructing an Antipodean Curio Cabinet, Moreland City Art Gallery, Melbourne
2009 SSFA09, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2008 Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
2008 The Year of the Bird, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Sydney
2008 Heat: Art and Climate Change, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne
2008 Neo Goth: Back in Black, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
2008 Melbourne Art Fair, Sullivan+Strumpf, Royal Exhibition Centre, Melbourne
2008 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2008 SSFA08, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
2008 Bal Tashchit: Thou Shat Not Destroy – The Environment in Biblical and Rabbinic Sources, Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
2007 Momento Mori, Blkmrkt, Brisbane
2007 Sincerity of Detail, Wardlow Studios, Melbourne
2007 Metro 5 Finalists, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2006 Metro 5 Finalists, Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Melbourne Reign, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney
2004 RMIT Honours Graduate Show, Area Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
2004 8, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne
2004 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Village, Melbourne
2003 Thread, RMIT Graduate Show, Melbourne
PUBLICATIONS
Sam Leach, Tim Winton and Andrew Frost, Edited by Art & Australia, Published by Dott Books, August 2015, ISBN: 978-0-9943535-04
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Young, Michael. 'Sam Leach - The Desire of Things to Move Against Gravity', ArtAsiaPacific, 1 September 2015
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‘In Brief: Animail FanFair’, Raven, 30 July 2014
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Sam Leach, Dymaxion, Art Guide Australia, May 2013
Mee, Simon ‘Haunts and Follies’, Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, catalogue essay, 2012
Turley, Louise. ‘The Civilizing Process – VOLTA8’, video interview, 2012
Spence, Beatrice. ‘Oh no, it’s sold!’, Australian Art Collector, 2012
Rule, Dane. ‘The Ecstasy of Infrastructure’, The Age, January 14, 2012
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Showing all 3 artworks

  • Sam Leach

    Brief Formal

    etching

    25.0 × 18.0 cm

  • Sam Leach

    Untitled (Dyptich)

    Oil and resin on board

    22.5 × 53.0 cm

  • Sam Leach

    Cockatoo with Probabilty Diagram

    Oil and resin on board

    30.0 × 45.0 cm