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Alun Leach-Jones

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Alun Leach-Jones
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Alun Leach-Jones was born in 1937 in Maghull, Lancashire, England.  He studied at Liverpool College of Art before emigrating to Australia, where he enrolled at the South Australian School of Art, studying printmaking under Udo Sellbach and painting with Charles Reddington.  

Leach-Jones was one of Australia’s most prominent abstract artists from the late 1960’s onwards know for his meticulous hard-edged painting style.  He worked across painting, printmaking, sculpture and was known as a suburb draughtsman.  He was included in the landmark 1968 exhibition The Field at the National Gallery of Victoria and, the next year, represented Australia at the Biennale del Sao Paulo in Brazil and had over 80 solo exhibitions during his life time.  

From 1969 Leach-Jones taught at the Prahran College of Advanced Education, the National Gallery of Victoria School and the Victorian College of the Arts. 

In a career that spanned more than 45 years, Leach-Jones lived and worked in many international locations, including Berlin and New York.  Leach-Jones’ held more than 80 solo exhibitions with survey exhibitions held at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India (1974), Monash University Gallery, Melbourne (1976), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (1981) Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales (1992), Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria (1995) and Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New South Wales (2007). 

Leach-Jones is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; 

His works are held in numerous collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia and Australian state galleries, the Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York,National Museum of Wales, Cardiff;  the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Museum, London and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. He was a generous benefactor to the Art Gallery of NSW, gifting 42 works during his lifetime.
He is best remembered for his idiosyncratic hard-edged style of painting and as a mentor and teacher, he was responsible for fostering the careers of many younger Australian artists.  Alun Leach-Jones past away in Sydney on 24 December 2017.

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