born 1976 Brisbane
lives and works in Hobart
 
Artist In Residence Article 

Except for Leanne Halls, Beaudesert in Queensland and Carlton River in Tassie, don’t have a lot in common.  Leanne was born in the former and moved, via Brisbane, Sydney and Japan, to the latter in 2011.
She loved painting and drawing as a child and has been painting formally now for over five years.  She says: “My style is evolving, and I enjoy the process that accompanies the changes.  My restlessness around my style, and indeed my subject matter, has probably been influenced by the numerous moves we made when I was younger; my father was in the Army.”

Her entry into the field of art came from the need to recoup from burnout induced by working hard full-time while studying whatever was available after hours.  Some balance and harmony were re-introduced by attending a Community College course in Art in Sydney, where, to save costs, she painted in watercolours rather than oils.  She moved to Gosford where she attended a class in chalk pastels, and then in 2011 graduated (also with a drawing Prize) from the Julian Ashton Art School, where the training was “intense, significant, solid and enhancing.” 

However her need to move around, (both in residential locations and in art) has manifested across a broad field of 2D expression: from still life, through land and seascape, to portraiture.  Even within each genre, there is evidence of exploration.  What does remain constant, though, is Leanne’s ability to infuse her works with light, delight and obvious expertise: this artist is nothing if not highly skilled.
Now creating works in a range of mediums, it is perhaps her time in Japan, where she studied suiboku and hakuboku with a Master, that has assisted in forming her new expressive path.
When asked further about her current directions, Leanne said “I am tossing around a few new ideas, I like to paint things I have experienced directly, and I love Japanese art.  The simplicity of it, the spaces created within a work, and not least, its luminosity.  My question now is: Can I do that in oil paints?”
Leanne has exhibited at the Colville Gallery, Salamanca.

 

Education And Travel

2011 Diploma in Fine Arts, Julian Ashton School of Art, Sydney
Stavros Papantoniou: watercolour and oils
Ben Smith: portraiture
Sam Wade: figurative drawing
Chris Browne: figurative drawing
Frank Giacco: portrait drawing
2005-08 Traditional Japanese painting, Suiboko (Sumie) and Nihonga, Kitagawa Ryufu
Colley Wilson, impressionist oil painting workshop
Daniel Hutchings, oil glazing technique workshop
 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Windows Into My World Colville Gallery, Hobart
2016 New Works Colville Gallery, Hobart
2015 New Works Colville Gallery, Hobart
 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Finalist
Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize, Finalist
World Polo Championship Art Prize, Finalist
Annual Artists Show Coville Gallery, Hobart
2016 Glover Prize, Finalist
2015 Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Colville Gallery Finalist  
New Works, Colville Gallery, Hobart
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Finalist
Annual Artists Show Coville Gallery, Hobart
2014 30 Realist Artist – Dubbo Exhibition (Invited Guest Exhibitor)
Annual Artists Show, Coville Gallery, Hobart
2013 Annual Artists Show, Coville Gallery, Hobart
Belle Arti Prize
2012 Picasso, Margaret Olley and CAST exhibition, Art Society of Tasmania
Belle Arti Prize
2011 End of year exhibition, Julian Ashton School of Art, Sydney
Spring exhibition, Mosman Art Society, Sydney
Changeable Art Space, North Sydney
2010-11 9” x 5“Autumn, Mosman Art Society, Sydney
2010 Randwick City Council International Women’s day exhibition, Sydney
End of year exhibition, North Sydney Art College
2009-10 Maroubra Village Green Art Group exhibition, Sydney
2009 End of year exhibition, Waverly Woollahra Art School, Sydney
 

Awards And Prizes

2017 Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Finalist
Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize, Finalist
World Polo Championship Art Prize, Finalist
2016 Glover Prize, Finalist
2015 Finalist - Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Colville Gallery
Finalist - Lethbridge 10000 Small Art Award
Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Finalist
Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Peoples Choice Award
2014 Finalist – Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
Finalist – Wrest Point Art Awards
Finalist – Cliftons Art Prize – Melbourne Section
2013 Mortimore Art Prize (Realism Prize – Still Life)
Finalist – Wrest Point Art Awards
Finalist – Material Girl Art Prize – Tasmania Regional
Winner – Hangers Choice – 129th Art Society of Tasmania Annual Exhibition
2012 Material Girl art prize, finalist
Bream Creek show, watercolour and oils, winner
Bream Creek show, art and craft, best in show
 Finalist Mortimore Art Prize
2011 David Wilson drawing prize, winner
Australian artist magazine competition, flowers and gardens, finalist
2009 Australian artist magazine competition, flowers and gardens, finalist 
Waverly art prize, finalist
 

Bibliography

2010 Nov
The illusive goal of painting perfection, Australian Artist magazine
 

Collections

Japan, USA, Netherlands and Australia