BIOGRAPHY

Leisa Russell works and lives in Bryon Bay. Russell has many creative outlets including interior design and jewellery however she works predominantly as a sculptor. This passion began early, when during childhood Russell began sculpting with clay and the objects she found in the bush around her rural home, an enterprise which also instigated her strong affinity with flora and fauna.

A self-taught artist, Russell’s work showcases her broad skills and versatility. Adept with mediums bronze, clay, resin, silver, wood, forged steel and concrete, her work ranges in scale from small pieces to life size works.  Russell is loyal to her process and to the materials that have successfully seen the continued evolution of her work.  Using a combination of fine porcelain paired with rugged coloured concretes, Russell transforms the fragility of salvaged objects into robust and textural forms.

The artist states, “Much of my work is influenced by my tireless exploration into the intricate, structural and textural aspects of nature. Combining these elements with the versatility of the mediums I choose to work in such as clay or concrete, I am rewarded with the opportunity of delivering, not only, visually appeasing work but also evoking a ‘hands on’ experience to the viewer.”

Leisa Russell is the recipient of the Border Art Prize and the Kaske Award. She has been included in numerous sculptural exhibition and art shows within Australia.

EDUCATION

Certificate in Fashion Design
Certificate in Graphic Design
Currently studying Bachelor of Visual Art, Southern Cross University
Advanced workshops:
Bronze Foundry
Blacksmithing
Silver smithing
Wood carving
Welding

EXHIBITIONS

2019 An Introspective Journey, Tiny Tree Gallery, Brisbane QLD
2017 Pipedreams, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2016 Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast QLD
2015 Sexy – A Ceramics Expose, Group Show, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2014 Tactile Fusion, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2014 Inner Self, Gallery One, Gold Coast QLD
2013 Swell Scultpure Festival, Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast QLD
2012 Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin beach, Gold Coast QLD
2012 Border Art Prize
2012 Gold Coast Potters’ Association Annual Members’ Exhibition QLD
2012 Ignition Awards, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Sunshine Coast QLD
2012 Townsville Ceramic Awards, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville QLD
2011 The Womens Project, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2008 Gold Coast Potters’ Association Annual Members’ Exhibition QLD
2008 Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast QLD
2007 Sculptors Society Annual Exhibition QLD
2006 Sculptors Society Annual Exhibition QLD

Commissions

Bungil Shire Council – Graeme Walsh Memorial Plaque
Mr Paul and Vicki Sweeney – Life size bronze horse

Awards

2013 Finalist, Gold Coast Art Prize
2013 Acquisitive Award Winner , Gold Coast Potters Association Annual Members’ Exhibition
2013 Finalist, Wilson Art Award, Lismore
2012 Shirley Kennedy Encouragement Award, Border Art Prize
2012 Overall Winner, Gold Coast Potters Association Annual Members’ Exhibition
2012 Finalist, Townsville Ceramic Awards
2012 Winner , 28th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award
2008 People’s Choice Award, Gold Coast Potters Exhibition
2007 Kaske Award, Southern Cross University
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