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Ursula Leach

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SUMMER EXHIBITION
13 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
Ursula Leach

"I make prints and paintings responding to farmed landscapes. Living in a mostly arable landscape I necessarily engage with current farming techniques as well as the natural changes that occur. The work is intended to be a document as well as an expression. Colour has become increasingly important to me as an expression of mood and atmosphere. Pictorial structure and the edge of the image offer exciting scope to explore the space and scale in a landscape of huge fields. I have become interested in buildings on the land, structures whose uses are sometimes obscure. Recently the work has become radically simplified and more abstract although always retaining a vestige of figuration and therefore more reliant on the colour being exactly right to elicit the response I am looking for."

The art of Ursula Leach is both spare and richly layered; as is the land she has chosen to reveal through paint. Cranborne Chase is an open landscape of arable fields, grazed downland and pastures that spread to a distant horizon. These expanses may be defined by the dark profile of a barn, the shade of a small copse, the crease of a chalk stream, the linearity of hedgerow and fence. She conveys the tension between these elements through her use of bounded shapes, poised lines, loosely scattered marks and sensitive painterly surfaces. But it is through colour she reveals that this land is poised on an uncertain edge. Changing farming practices and a panoply of modern chemicals have made their imprint on the colours and textures of the landscape. Greens and yellows may have a fluorescent bloom; red and ochre can take on an uneasy heat. Ursula Leach has developed a language that follows the long absorption of British artists with the land, but has made it her own.

Annette Ratuszniak Curator, Elisabeth Frink Archive & Estate

Ursula Leach: Gone to Seed Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Ursula Leach: Field Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Ursula Leach: Nestled Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK Ursula Leach: Below the Mountains Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
Gone to Seed
oil on canvas
60 x 60 cm
£ 1,500
Field
oil on canvas
61 cm wide 51 cm deep
£ 900
Nestled
oil on canvas
60 x 70 cm
£ 1,550
Below the Mountains
oil on canvas
61 x 76 cm
£ 1,600
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Grove Campden Gallery, fine art, Chipping Campden, camden gallery, contemporary, contemporary arts, contemporary art, artists, painting, sculpture, abstract painting, gloucestershire,  cotswolds, painting for sale, artwork for sale, modern art gallery, art exhibitions,arts gallery, gallery art, art gallery UK
Grove
oil on canvas
70 x 80 cm
£ 1,700

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