ALUN LEACH-JONES

1937 - 2017

Alun Leach-Jones was born in 1937 in the Lancashire village of Maghull, and spent his childhood in the village of Glasfryn, North Wales. In 1951 Leach - Jones commenced a three year apprenticeship with the Solicitors Law Society, Liverpool, illuminating manuscripts and hand copying legal documents. Leach-Jones continued to work with the law society and studied painting and drawing in the evenings at the Liverpool College of Art in 1956-57. Upon completion of National Service with the British Army in West Germany, Leach - Jones immigrated to Australia in 1960, settling in Adelaide and attending the South Australian School of Art. 

 

After graduating in 1963 Leach-Jones has travelled and exhibited widely throughout Australia and abroad in a career spanning over forty five years.  In 1966 his celebrated Noumenon series was shown with Australian Galleries in Melbourne, and Leach-Jones was immediately recognized as being part of what was then labeled 'The New Abstraction' in Australian art.  Later in 1968 his work was included in the influential exhibition The Field at the National Gallery of Victoria.

 

Leach-Jones' work is included in numerous institutional exhibitions such as the 10th International Biennial of Modern Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil (1968); Australian Prints, Pratt Graphic Centre, New York (1972); 1st New York International Print Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (1977); Lis 81 National Gallery of Modern Art, Lisbon, Portugal (1981); Australian Modern Masters, NGV, Melbourne (1986); Everyman, The Inventions of Signs, Geelong Art Gallery (1995); Australian Drawings from the Gallery's Collection, AGNSW (1997); Pictures for the sky, Museum fur Kunstdrachen, Germany (2000); Paper Matters, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA, Perth (2005); Weitanschautung (Anthology of the 20th/21st Century), Goethe Institute, Palermo, Sicily.

 

Since his first one-man exhibition in 1964, Alun Leach-Jones has had over seventy solo exhibitions within Australia as well as shows in Auckland, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Berlin, Singapore, Conwy, Swansea, London and New York.  His first museum retrospective was in 1976 at the Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, (curated by Patrick McCaughey) and a retrospective of his prints was held at the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, in 1986.

Public collections in which he is represented include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; all Australian State Galleries; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; The British Museum, London; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Glynn Vivan Art Gallery, Swansea; Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Wales; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; National Gallery of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur; National Performing Arts Centre, Bombay; Parliament House Collection, Canberra; Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand; Perth Cultural Centre, Western Australia; Art Bank, Sydney; Many regional galleries and university collections throughout Australia; Private collections in the U.S.A., England, Switzerland, Wales, New Zealand and Australia.

Alun Leach - Jones was elected an Honorary Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter - Printmakers, London in 1999.

A monograph on Leach - Jones was published by Craftsman House, Sydney in 1988 and a revised second edition was published in 1999. A monograph of drawings was published in 1998. A forthcoming monograph on the artist?s paintings and sculpture from 1967 to the present is to be released in 2009. 

 

 

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