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Emma Leonard

Places I'd
Rather Be

31 August — 17 September 2016

Places I’d Rather Be is a contemplation on wanderlust — a visual daydream for those with a sense of nostalgia for a time and place they have never experienced. In this new collection of original works and limited edition prints, Emma Leonard portrays subjects disconnected from their immediate environment, pining for a destination where urgency and discomfort melt away, replaced by wide-open roads, vast spaces and a gentle, enveloping sun.

This pensive series of drawings and paintings uses a restrained colour palette in transparent mediums, such as ink and pencil, to create subtle shifts in tone that are both delicate and spontaneous. Muted washes of colour bleed into one another as the isolated figures fade in and out of their surroundings, like fragments of a memory that can’t be placed.

Absorbed in private self-reflection, Leonard’s figures indulge their inherent desire for adventure and reinvention. At times voyeuristic and evocative, their languid bodies stray between elusive moments. Layering elements of nature over relaxed poses and easy gestures creates dream-like compositions akin to a page torn from a traveller’s sketchbook.

SPCIAL EVENT – Still Life Drawing with Emma Leonard!

On the final day of her solo exhibition, ‘Places I’d Rather Be’, Emma Leonard is hosting a free, casual still life and observational drawing class. Wine and some basic materials provided. Participants are encouraged to bring along their visual diaries, preferred stocks, pencils, watercolours or other favourite drawing implements. Be sure to join us for an afternoon of fun, drawing along with Emma among the beautiful blooms of her solo show, Saturday September 17 from 2-4pm!




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