Exhibition Pop up: Leeanne Crisp

Dates & times

Wed 29 May — Sun 2 June 2019, 10am–5pm


ANU Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Leeanne Crisp, Fragile Vessel (after China series) 2016 Acrylic on clear primed marine ply H1225x W1220


This small pop up show will exhibit recent works from Leeanne Crisp which draw on a poetic sympathy with Sidney’s Nolan’s Riverbend 1964-65. Crisp handles her subjects with thoughtful refinement to reach the point of abstraction. Composing with elements inspired by forms seen in the natural world, Crisp’s bold approach to colour and vibrancy brings an intensity to the undertone of delicate emotionality. Crisp engages with the idea of a masculine/feminine binary in an artist’s handling of materials and draws our attention to similarities rather than distinctions. There is a pervasive sensuality to her paintings and watercolour drawings which lends to introspective contemplation as we ‘sit with’ the works. It is as though the works ‘hold’ us in a visual embrace.

Leeanne Crisp has been working as a visual artist in Canberra since 1975.  Her work has been a process of composing with elements of the seen world and elements drawn from her experiences.  Themes include place and belonging, the body and sexuality, and colour and meaning. The painter Tim Johnson, described her as a “psychological realist”.

Crisp’s Career highlights include being in the Dobell, Archibald and Portia Geach Prizes and her work can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery (Marion Halligan and Gay Bilson) and the National Library of Australia (artists books for Judith Wright and Kate Lewellyn). She has won the ANU drawing prize, the Tuggeranong Art Prize and the BDAS Watercolour Prize.

Crisp has taught at the ANU School of Art (now ANU School of Art & Design) since 1975 until a few years ago and spent time in education with the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. In recent years she focused on mature aged students entering study in the visual arts.



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