Congratulations to Virginia Leonard who has been awarded this year’s Officine Saffi Award for her work Pus and Scabs. Acknowledged for its psychologically layered and exuberant expressionism, Leonard’s work has won the supreme award amongst a high calibre of entries from around the world. Established in 2011, Officine Saffi promote international contemporary ceramics within Italy and abroad. On her win, Leonard comments:
“So, this is a cool award for me to win. I know the gallery as last time I showed at MIART in Milan they were the neighbouring gallery, so it makes it a bit more personal, and I have been to the gallery in Milan also.
It means more to me also as the other artists in the award are very skilled and more often than not their work is highly technical; I appreciate the panel of judges looking past that and seeing the expression and gesture within the work and the painterly quality in the work as well. Many of the jury and judges are people that I have admired from afar for a very long time.
It’s also really cool that I am only artist from the Southern Hemisphere. The timing is good as well. I am showing at MIART Milan with Taste Contemporary on 17th September and in a group show that opened over the weekend at Odd and Even at Maison Louis Carre in France, which is the house that Alvar Aalto designed for the art collector. And then in the beginning of October, I am showing at a big show at Usine Kugler in Geneva – it’s nice to be recognised internationally as these shows are happening.”
For the first online iteration of Sydney Contemporary presents 2020, Gow Langsford Gallery is pleased to present works by Dale Frank and Virginia Leonard. The online presentation runs from 1 - 31 October - register to view here.
Contact us for a list of available works, or for further information.
A big congratulations to gallery artists Darryn George and Virginia Leonard, who were both winners at The 29th Annual Wallace Art Awards.
Darryn George was The Wallace Arts Trust Second Award Winner for his work Mara #26, 2020, oil pastel and acrylic on canvas, 1570 x 2180 x 55mm and Virginia Leonard was the First Runner-up Award Winner for her work Cripple, 2020, clay, lustre and resin, 945 x 540 x 530mm.
The exhibition can be viewed at the Pah Homestead until 15 November. Visit their website for further details.
Our recent announcement of representation of ceramic artist Virginia Leonard has been featured on Art Collector. Gary Langsford spoke with them about this commenting, “Virginia’s ceramics embody the best of all this is creatively possible with the medium,” [...] “They push the boundaries and are as much sculpture as vessel.”
Read the full article here.