Emerging to Established – Dene Leigh – 5 Years On
Dene Leigh is a British Artist, graduate of Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London.
Since graduating in 2012, Leigh’s work has been written about in international contemporary art publications such as ‘Hi-Fructose’ and ‘Daily Serving’.
Leigh’s work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions in London. Including the ‘Young Masters Art Prize 2014’ at Sphinx Fine Art and more recently, the ‘RA Summer Exhibition 2017’ held at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Leigh is represented by Baert Gallery in Los Angeles, California. In 2016, Baert Gallery presented AGNOSIA, an exhibition of new and recent work by Leigh. The exhibition was Leigh’s first solo show with the gallery.
Leigh lives and works in London. He creates works that push the boundaries of collage, painting, sculpture and drawing. His works are held in private collections internationally .
“A degree show is a daunting yet euphoric moment where the culmination of three years work is exhibited to the public. However more times than not, this exhibition is the first, and often the last that a graduate participates in. Therefore, maintaining the momentum by opting to carry on producing art, and being given the opportunity to exhibit further, is crucial for an artist at the beginning of their career.
During my degree-show, ‘Face Blind’, one of my exhibited paintings, was selected for a yearlong group-exhibition for the Clyde and Co Award: this opportunity created self-confidence and increased my drive to exhibit my work after completing my degree. To date, I have also been provided with the specialist legal support offered as part of the project, discussing the intricacies of the business side of art that are often overlooked within universities. I would consider this contribution a key element in my transition from student to artist.”