David Leapman is a contemporary artist who was born in London, England in 1959. He attended St. Martins School of Art from 1977-78, then proceeded to Goldsmiths College and graduated with his BA Hons., 1st class. Finally, he received his MA in 1988-89 at Chelsea School of Art. He currently lives and works in Riverside, California. Leapman has had his artwork displayed in public and private shows across the world. A few important solo shows he has had include “Journeying in Search of Hidden Treasures” at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, “Problems of Picturing” at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and “Between Identity & Politics—A New Art”, at Gimpel Fils, London, and New York. Leapman was a prizewinner in the 1997 John Moores 20 and in 1995 he was the John Moores 19 First Prizewinner, and in 2004 he won the Abbey Award Fellowship with the British School at Rome.
A few of Leapman’s “large monochromatic paintings are made on un-stretched and unprimed heavy weight canvas”. Since his early years as an artist, Leapman has explored color and line. Since the early 80s, Leapman has worked with a variety of mediums, significantly, his line drawings with gold or silver ink on black or cream paper. Other works he has exhibited include his ink and watercolors, and his acrylic paintings. All his artwork either represents shape or line and primarily represents repetition through line and the medium he used—especially his gold/silver ink drawings.
To describe Leapman’s work, Jon Thompson writes in Journeying in search of hidden treasures, text, Pilgrims in the Land of Disbelief, “this first impression of freshness, on closer inspection, belies the deliberation, which attends their making. These marks are shaped and placed; their function is precisely calculated. They must trace thought—intention and response—without consorting with illusion. They must avoid any configuration which would seem to propose an alternative world—another vision of coherence—to that provided by the canvas.”
The exhibit Collectivity will investigate points of connection between artists from two internationally significant artist collectives based out of the Western United States – Hyperlink (Colorado) and Durden & Ray (Los Angeles) in two concurrent exhibits across two states.