MEET LESLEY

 

WATCH - Lesley painting in residence at Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire. Film by Emilie Flower.


 Lesley Seeger - Photo by Lucy Saggers

Growing up in Northumberland, Scotland and North Yorkshire, fostered a love of landscape and nature in me from an early age.

Current work explores my relationship with British landscape although I am interested in beautiful and striking landscapes worldwide. Travels to Sri Lanka, India, Tunisia, Spain and Morocco influenced my early work and still filter through into my English landscapes.

Every summer I paint a small collection inspired by Galicia in Northern Spain and I am hoping for a future Artist Residency with Nautilus in Lanzarote to paint that striking sculptural land. For the rest of this year and throughout 2019, I am Artist in Residence at The Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard.

We are fortunate to live in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in North Yorkshire. Our house has no vehicular access. Mature Beech trees, the river Derwent and gentle hills surround me. I paint largely in fields, taking materials out in my wheelbarrow, balancing canvases on hedges until the previous layer is dry. In a day there may be up to six pieces of work  strewn around the countryside waiting for the next stage in their development.

Working initially from what I see, I return at some point to complete paintings in the studio. Built on observation and emotional impact, the work becomes a  hybrid between the real and imagined, the seen and felt. Sketching is often done on the canvas itself  as I try to capture the immediate presence of a moment. The power and subtlety of colour is central to my practice. I spend a long time building surfaces, taking paint and images away and adding new, until balance, depth clarity and surprise are found.

As we move into a more mechanised digital world, where many people are increasingly divorced from the land and any relationship with it, my work seeks to record the power and beauty of the natural world, to document a period in time and capture moments and places that may never exist in the same way again.

A believer in the importance beauty and the uplifting properties of Art, I like to think of my paintings as Talisman. They will reveal themselves over time with their rich histories of place, layers and colour.


I try to capture the immediate presence of a moment. I am a hunter, catching seasons before they change. The power and subtlety of colour is central to my practice.

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FUTURE & PAST EXHIBITIONS


2019

April 6/7 & 13/14: York Open Studios, Quacks printers, Grape lane www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk/
Sep: Yorkshire Arboretum www.yorkshirearboretum.org
Nov 5 - Jan 3 2020: Solo exhibition, Helmsley Art Centre www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/ 


2018

Nov: Cambridge Contemporary www.cambridgegallery.co.uk
Nov: Number Four Gallery, St Abbs
Oct 25-27: Art For Youth North, Topcliffe
Jul - present: Saltbox, Helmsley www.saltboxgallery.co.uka
Jun 23-Sep 2: Cambridge Contemporary Gallery, Summer Show,
Apr 14/15 & 21/22: York Open Studios, Quacks printers, Grape lane
Mar 17-May 12: The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkudbright


2017

Nov 4/5 (opening weekend) until Dec: Lund Gallery, Easingwold
Oct 7-Jan 19:  Silson Gallery, Harrogate, Yorkshire Created
Oct 20-Nov 4: Pyramid Gallery, York, Ocean,
Aug 2-31: Staithes Studio Gallery, Relational Charm,
Jul 25-Sep 3:  Pannett Gallery, Curating Space - Whitby
Jun 17-Sep 3:  Mercer Gallery, Harrogate Open Exhibition  
Jun 3,4,10 & 11:  North Yorkshire Open Studios 
May 21-Jul 2:  Sunny Bank Mills, Life Lines, Leeds
Apr 1-May 21:  Ryedale Folk Museum, Ryescape
Apr 21-Apr 30: Burton Agnes Hall, Artist in Residence
Apr 1: Newby Hall,
Mar 2-25: The Witham, Barnard Castle, A Dream of the Sea,  
Jan 28-Mar 11: Pyramid Gallery York, Antidote to an English Winter,  


2016

Jun 1-30: Just Makers, The Bath House, Harlow Carr, Harrogate
Aug 29-Sep 30: Yorkshire Arboretum - Castle Howard 
Sep 9-11: Staithes Festival 
Sep 3-25: The Great North Art Show 
Oct 8-Nov 12: Blue Tree Gallery - York
Nov 11 onward: The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

 

OLDER EXHIBITIONS


2015
Art & Rose, Pocklington
Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
North Yorkshire Open Studios
According to McGee, York

2014
Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
North Yorkshire Open Studios
Pyramid Gallery, York
York Open Studios 

2013
Pyramid Gallery York
Saltbox Gallery Helmsley
York Open Studios

2012
Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
York Open Studios

2011
Artspace, York

2010
York Open Studios
Saltbox Gallery Helmsley
March Pyramid Gallery York

2009
Art Space, York
Norman Rea Gallery, York University
Staithes Gallery2008
York Open Studios

2007
Artspace

2006
Staithes Gallery

2005
York Open Studios
Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

2004
York Open Studios
The Barge, Goole
University Of York St John

2001
Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

1999
Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

1998
Waterstones, York

1997
Art Gallery, Helmsley


(photographs by Lucy Saggers & Joe Thomas)