The Improbable Equation No 1. and No 2. by Alun Leach-Jones

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A painter, printmaker, draughtsman and sculptor, Alun Leach-Jones (1937-2017) was one of Australia’s most prominent abstract artists. He is best remembered for his idiosyncratic hard-edged style of painting. As a mentor and teacher, he was responsible for fostering the careers of many younger Australian artists.

Born in 1937 in the village of Maghull in Lancashire, England, Leach-Jones spent his childhood in Glasfryn, North Wales. From 1955 until 1957 he studied at Liverpool College of Art. In 1959 he travelled to London to see the exhibition New American painting at the Tate; the abstract expressionist works he encountered there were pivotal in challenging the way he thought about form and colour.

In 1960, Leach-Jones emigrated to Australia, where he enrolled at the South Australian School of Art, studying printmaking under Udo Sellbach and painting with Charles Reddington. Leach-Jones held more than 80 solo exhibitions over the years.

During this period in Melbourne Leach-Jones developed his meticulous hard-edged painting style and secured his reputation as one of Australia’s leading abstract painters. 

A consummate printmaker, Leach-Jones worked with master printers  to print more than 150 editions during his career. He produced vivid screenprints with fields of flat colour and sharply defined edges

In a career that spanned more than 45 years, Leach-Jones lived and worked in many international locations, including Berlin and New York. His work is held in numerous collections in Australia and overseas, including the Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Museum in London, the National Gallery of Australia and Australian state galleries. He was a generous benefactor to the Art Gallery of NSW, gifting 42 works during his lifetime.

Silk Screen print on Stonehenge Paper ed. 13/40.  Signed by Artist

Framed W 97 x H 87 cm ea

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