The Tumbling Surveyors Pursuit
David Leapman was born in London, England, where he studied fine art at St. Martins School of Art, Chelsea School of Art, and Goldsmiths College. He became a Riverside resident in 2007.
Beautiful and beguiling, Leapman’s paintings of bright and twisted forms at once compel and confound the viewer. What at first appears to be a recognisable object has morphed and transfigured within the blink of an eye.
The paintings have been described as humanistic, hopeful, mischievous, and lysergic.
His work begins as small gold line drawings on cream-colored paper, a format Leapman has used for over 30 years. His solo exhibition, The Tumbling Surveyors Pursuit, will include paintings and drawings of his key images: the Winged pit, Scuttle, Existence harness, and Petal thinkers.
David Leapman is associated with the Young British Artists (YBAs) and his work is included in Shark Infested Waters published by Zwemmer. He has been exhibiting internationally for over 3 decades, including exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, and the Venice Biennale. Leapman has also been short-listed for a number of very prestigious painting awards and is the winner of Great Britain’s oldest and most famous painting prize, the John Moores. Leapman’s work can be found in public and private collections around the world, including the Walker Art Gallery, British Council, Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Collection, Buck Collection, and UCR Sweeney Art Gallery.