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Sam Leach | the artist






The artist Sam Leach
Born 1973, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Style and technique of the artist: Archibald Prize, Painting,

Archibald Prize and Wynne Prize 2010


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Using the history of architecture painting, with particular reference to Dutch painting of the 17th century, I examine how the construction of atmosphere through light, space and surface has been used to respond to an ambiguous attitude towards the creation and accumulation of wealth.

For me, the challenges with an art career are two-fold. Firstly, and most importantly, is the ongoing challenge of producing art work. I want to work to the best of my ability and that means I always need to push myself to my limits and take risks. The second challenge is to build my profile and reputation and engage with the art market. The requirements of the first challenge are not always consistent with the demands of the second.

Sam Leach has been painting full time since 2006 when he won the Metro5 prize, which enabled him to spend the next year locked in the studio. For the last three years Sam has been a finalist in the Archibald Portrait Prize and he has won a number of other prestigious awards. His latest works continue to depict his fascination with wildlife while at the same time developing his interest in the tradition of the painting styles from the Dutch Renaissance...

Leach worked for many years in the Australian Tax Office but in 2006 he won a major art prize, the Metro Five. Since then he has consistently won many prizes and has been acquired by a number of public galleries in Australia and private collections across the world.