Kirsty O’Leary Leeson

My practice explores both the physical and psychological geography of existence which I feel is complimented by my use of pencil on gesso where the subject matter of each drawing records the unfolding of an event. As much to do with reflection as with observation, my work represents the depiction of a fluid reality.

The fragmentary nature of the images reflects that although we live a linear existence, what we currently experience is altered by memories and expectations, our present being created by these absent moments. The sharp contrasts also convey emotion and induce contemplation in the viewer; they suggest a theme of constant change as the eye moves through the transitioning spaces of constructed and negative spaces.


Kirsty O’Leary Leeson graduated in 2011 with a First Class degree from Norwich University of the Arts. Since then she has been a finalist in the International Saatchi Drawing Showdown, been featured in BBC Television’s ‘Show Me the Monet’ and was Visual Art Trader’s ‘Artist of the Month’. 

Kirsty has work in private and public collections in London, New York, the US, the UK and the Middle East.

“The senses of emotional uncertainty, of time evaporating and of forgotten memories in Kirsty’s drawings are made all the more powerful by the beautiful and precise execution of the images.”
Visual Art Trader

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