About

Artist Statement

I was awarded the Peter Reddick Bursary for Innovation in Relief Printmaking at Spike Print Studio and will present my year’s work in a solo exhibition, Analogue Interference, which explores the theme of identity. I re-present traditional wood engraving in innovative ways and combine it with contemporary print media to reflect how identity is changing in the post-digital age. 

Much of my work is removed from context: at once embracing the intricacy of wood engraving and creating the potential for much larger images, using a tonal range to make systems-based visual narratives. I also digitally disrupt my mark-making and my experiments in process have led to screenprints, photo-etchings and large-scale relief prints that explore the crossover from analogue to digital and back to analogue. These prints have a minimalist aesthetic disconnected from their original identity.

I have an MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking and I am an elected member of the Society of Wood Engravers. I have made several films about wood engraving as well as fictional short films. I also write and am Editor of Printmaking Today. Writing and filmmaking are integral to my art practice and I often merge the disciplines.

 

Current and upcoming exhibitions

Wells Art Contemporary, 20 July - 11 August 2019

Analogue Interference solo exhibition, Spike Print Studio, Bristol, 27 September - 20 October 2019

National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, 18 - 29 September 2019

Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing

University of Bath, Bath

Awards

Peter Reddick Bursary for Innovation in Relief Printmaking, Spike Print Studio, Bristol, 2018-19

Visions of Science Bursary Award, Edge Arts Bath, 2018

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists' Print Prize: Hawthorn Printmakers' Prize, 2016

National Original Print exhibition: The John Purcell Paper Prize, 2016

SWE's 79th Annual exhibition: The Rachel Reckitt Open Prize (joint winner), 2016

SWE's 71st Annual exhibition: The Rachel Reckitt Prize for a wood engraver under 35, 2009

 

Selected recent exhibitions

Beyond 72dpi, the postdigitalprintmaker, SGCI Texas, USA, 2019

Print: A Catalyst for Social Change? Bury Art Gallery & Museum, February-April 2019

V&A Museum, London: Print of the Month, 2018

New Prints 2018, International Print Center, New York, USA, 2018

Collaborative Artists' Books, IMPACT 10, Santander, Spain, 2018

Visions of Science, Edge Arts, Bath University, 2018

Interruptions, Felios Foundation, Athens, Greece, 2018

National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, 2018

Print Prize, RBSA, Birmingham, 2018

MAMDP Mini Print Exhibition, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2018

Wood Engraving Invitational, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, 2017

The Age of Enlightenment, project and touring exhibition funded by The Arts Council, The Baring Foundation, Devon Guild of Craftsmen and DAISI, 2017

Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, 2017

Royal West of England Autumn Open and Drawn Biennial, Bristol, 2017

National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, 2016

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists' Print Prize, Birmingham, 2016

Royal West of England Autumn Open, Bristol, 2016

Liverpool Open, Liverpool, 2016

The Tokyo Art Book Fair, Tokyo, 2016

RE Masters: Relief prints, Bankside Gallery, London, 2015

National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, 2015

Royal West of England Autumn Open, Bristol, 2015

National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, 2014

Royal West of England Autumn Open, Bristol, 2014

Panel Discussions

Collaborative artists' books to develop research practice, 2018, IMPACT 10 ENCUENTRO, Santander, Spain

British Printmakers, 2017 SGCI Conference, Atlanta and accompanying exhibition British Printmakers in the American South, Decatur, Georgia, USA

Publications

Leonie has been Editor of the journal Printmaking Today since Spring 2017

Visual article , Interalia Magazine (November 2018)

Artists’ Page, The Blue Notebook (Vol 12, No 1, Autumn-Winter 2017)

Printmaker's Diary, Printmaking Today (Vol 25, No 3, Autumn 2016)

Age of Enlightenment, Printmaking Today (Vol 25, No 2, Summer 2016)

Final Cut, Printmaking Today (Vol 22, No 3, Autumn 2013)

Modern British Wood Engraving, SWE DVD, running time 145 minutes, available from: SWE publications