Gwyneth Leech

Gwyneth Leech

New York City, NY, United States

About Gwyneth Leech

New York City artist, Gwyneth Leech has exhibited her drawings, paintings and installations across the United States and the United Kingdom in a wide variety of museum, commercial gallery, public art and alternative spaces. Since the middle of 2015, she has been focused on documenting in oil paintings and ink drawings the progress at numerous interior and exterior construction sites in Midtown Manhattan as the area undergoes major physical and demographic changes.

Gwyneth Leech’s artwork has been featured in the New York Times, the Village Voice, international print media and on NY1 News. She is the subject of a multi-award winning short documentary, The Monolith, by New York filmmaker, Angelo Guglielmo. In November 2019, her construction paintings were featured on 1700 video kiosks across all five boroughs as part of Link NYC’s “Art on Link” public art project.

The recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Hell’s Kitchen Foundation Grant, several Scottish Arts Council awards, and a Thouron British/American Exchange Fellowship, Leech’s artwork resides in private and public collections. Recent corporate acquisitions include Brookfield, Cimolai, Despé Italia, Metropolitan Walters, NYC Constructors/Banker Steel, Sciame LLC, SL Green Realty and Stonebridge Inc

Education

Post Graduate DA, 1985, Drawing and Painting,
Edinburgh College of Art, (University of Edinburgh), UK
BFA, 1984, Drawing and Painting,
Edinburgh College of Art, (University of Edinburgh), UK

BA, 1981, Anthropology and French, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Events

2017 - Art in Embassies Group Exhibition, U.S. Ambassador's Residence,
Cotonou, Benin, West Africa

2016 - Gwyneth Leech: Construction Series, Sciame, New York, NY

2015 - Gwyneth Leech: Themes and Variations, ARTWorks Gallery, Norwalk, CT

September 2015: "Works on/with Paper", Concepto Gallery, Hudson, NY.

May, 2014: "Time Frames Marking Time", Westbeth Gallery, NYC. Curated by Elisa Decker and Barbara Lubliner.

Exhibitions

2013
"365 a Year in Cups" will be in the window of Anthropologie Harvard Square, Cambridge MA. November

365 - A Year in Cups, Anthropologie Regent Street, London Design Festival, London, UK, September

2011-2012
Gwyneth Leech, The Cup Drawings, Sprint Flatiron Prow Artspace, New York City

2011
Gwyneth Leech, The Cup Drawings, Fashion Center Window Space for Public Art
New York City

Gwyneth Leech, The Cup Drawings, Buck House, New York City

2010
Family Portraits, Art At First, First Presbyterian Church, New York City

2009
Family Album, New York Public Library, Columbus Branch, New York City

2007
Perfect Families, Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum, Marshall, MN

2006
Perfect Families, Franklin 54 Gallery, New York City

Gwyneth Leech: Stations of the Cross, Equator Books and Gallery, Venice, CA

2005
Stations of the Cross, a permanent installation of 14 paintings, Saint Paul's Church, Norwalk, CT

2000
Roundabout, La MaMa La Galleria, New York City

1998
Gwyneth Leech, Peterborough Cathedral,
Peterborough Cathedral Arts Festival, UK

1995
African Diary, Boundary Gallery, London, UK

1994
Notes From A Journey, Compass Gallery,
Glasgow, UK

1990
Fossil Tide, Ayr Art Gallery and Museum,
and Kilmarnock Art Gallery and Museum, UK

Fossil, Dundee Museum of Natural History,
UK

1989
Gwyneth Leech, Edinburgh Printmakers' Workshop Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

1988
La Poule, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, UK (multi-screen video installation)

PUBLIC DRAWING PROJECTS

2013 – Public cup drawing project for No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab exhibition at 24 West 8th, NYC

2012 – Public Drawing workshops and Talks, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts,
Spring Texas, as part of Luxuriant Refuse.

2011/12 – Five Month residency, public drawing project and exhibition of upcycled coffee cup art, Sprint Flatiron Prow Artspace, NYC.
2012 - Visiting artist talk and cup drawing workshop at the PS51 school, and for eight visiting school groups at the Flatiron exhibition site

2011 – Six week residency, public drawing project and exhibition, Fashion Center Window Space for Public Art, NYC

2010 – Public Drawing Project – Family Tree – as part of Figment Summer Festival, Governor’s Island, NYC

2010 – Public Drawing Project – Family Album – as part of the Pool Art Fair at the Gershwin Hotel, NYC.



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013
City Shift: Leech/Gallagher and the Pintos at Susan Teller Gallery, NYC
Diptychs, Triptychs and Multiples, cWOW, Newark, NJ
Gathering Place, No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab Exhibition, at 24 West 8th Street, NYC

2012
Luxuriant Refuse, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art, Spring Texas,

2011
On Your Mark: The Inner Necessity of Methodical and Unrestrained Drawing
Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York City

2010
All in the Family, Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York

Helluva Town, Susan Teller Gallery, New York City

Studio on a Bed, a public drawing project, Pool Art Fair, New York City

Family Tree, a public drawing project, Figment Arts Festival, Governor's Island, NYC

2009
Day Job, Susan Teller Gallery, New York City

2007
Unusual Portraits, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York City

2006
Don't Talk about Religion and Politics, Ave 50 Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Imprints on the Landscape, Michael Gallagher Prints and Gwyneth Leech videos,
Community Arts Center Galleries, Penn State University, Altoona, PA

Drawing the Line, Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum, Marshall, MN

2005
The Family Business: 1877-2005, Susan Teller Gallery, New York City

In the Round, Arts Council Gallery and John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT

2003
Notebook, Pickard Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art,
Artscape Festival, Baltimore, MD

2002
Leech/Gallagher: Five Artists / Three Generations, Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, PA

2001
Leech/Gallagher: Five Artists/Three Generations, Susan Teller Gallery, NYC

Faculty Exhibition, Addams Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Shiku Hakku: Exhibition/performance with Indalo Artists, La Mama Experimental Theater Club, New York City

Scottish Spirit, Society of Scottish Artists at the University Art Gallery
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

1999
Scottish Spirit, at the Gallery of Contemporary Art University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CO

Scottish Spirit at Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

1998
Continental Shift, Six American Artists from Scotland, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, UK

Scottish Spirit, at the Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
and at the Centre for Innovative Print and Paper,
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

The Big Picture, Works from the Collection, Edinburgh City Art Galleries

1997
BP Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, London and British tour

Introductions, Hahn Gallery, Philadelphia

Double Exposure, the Society of Scottish Artists,
Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen,
and the Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UK

A Patch of their own, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

1996
African Themes, Surya Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

Celebrating Robert Burns, Compass Gallery, Glasgow, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries & McLaurin Art Gallery, Ayr, UK

A Sense of Place III, the SSA at MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling University, UK

Brave Art, the SSA at Mayfest, 18 King Street Gallery, Glasgow

1995
Morrison Portrait Award Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy

1994
Xylon 12 Triennale, Gewerbemuseum, Switzerland and European tour

Spectator/Adam Award Exhibition, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Drawing Near, Arts in Fife touring exhibition, UK

1991
Kershaw, Leech and Lindsley: Wood engravings, Halifax House, Oxford, UK

1990
Duffin, Leech and Roberts, Kelly Gallery, Glasgow

An Expanse of Never Ending Blue, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury and British tour

St. Mary's Commission, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow