Ryan Leigh - Simon Oldfield Gallery
09 May 2013
Contemporary artist Ryan Leigh is interested in explanations of physical reality and man’s need for an all-encompassing ‘theory of everything’. His intensely detailed work investigates the different belief systems present within society and ‘highlights the futility of the search for an objective truth.’ This latest body of work entitled ‘Family Tree Series’ explores the historical symbolism of the tree as a feminine source of life, ‘The Great Mother controlling the fertilizing waters and cycles of life’. The trees are placed within an oval aperture traditionally reserved for portraiture, constructing each one as a portrait of a spiritual personality. The collection has been painstakingly hand-drawn with graphite pencil onto graph paper, creating beautiful, delicate artworks rendered in minute detail. The thin, delicate nature of this surface required our artwork presentation technicians to hinge the artworks in place by hand with specialist museum quality tabs. Each drawing is encased within a bespoke wooden frame design, sanded and stained by hand and finished with ultra violet light filtered Perspex glazing for long-term conservation.
This stunning collection of work can be viewed in the exhibition ‘Portrait of a life half known’ at Simon Oldfield Gallery in June 2013.