Leanne Stephens

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Leanne studied Fine Art as Bath Spa University, graduating in 2013. Now based at BV Studios in Bristol,
she paints works that emanate from an unsettlement for the environmental issues that arise from human
contribution to the climate crisis we are currently facing.
‘It bothers me that the choices we make as a collective, often accompanies a disregard of our
responsibility to the longevity of our planet and the life on it. The work I make is born from that affliction.
When a landscape begins to appear in a piece, it is a deliberate choice to not include a suggestion of
mankind in an attempt to show how a world might flourish without us and to revel in the potential of
what would be left untouched. I aim to celebrate and romanticise this idea through the use of scale, light,
colour and form, which are all central to my practise. Colour in particular, is critical in emphasising the
spaces within a painting. In terms of application, I have a tendency to rely on painterly instinct and yet
the colour selection process has a necessity to be quixotic.’

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