Mal Leckie: Pilbara Ridge
According to the Mal's website, Mal Leckie is an Australian landscape artist, born Perth Western Australia and now working from his studio near Coolangatta in Southern Queensland.
His work is about big spaces, isolated places, stillness, quiet, solitude, timelessness, balance and places to relax in. It is also about the beauty of raw paint, thick, thin and in-between. His paintings record the experience of place by re-presenting the visual, not imitating it.
He trained at the Western Australian Institute of Technology with his principal tutor in painting being Guy Grey-Smith. He has held 38 solo exhibitions and over 40 selected group exhibitions across Australia, in Hong Kong and Noumea. He has received 34 awards for his artworks, notably, the Gold Coast Art Prize on three occasions.
The Work of Art
Pilbara Ridge is a limited edition screen-print, produced and published in 1989. This work is edition 10 of 25. It is a very bright landscape that contrasts the rich blue skies against the red desert rocks. Leckie captures the essence of the landscape with the different rock formations and the flow of the desert. It is such detail in Leckie's works that make his landscapes highly sought after. Although this is the only work by Mal Leckie in the University's Art Collection, a quick search for his works elsewhere show images that are just as vivid and realistic.
The Pilbara area is located on the northwestern area of Western Australia. It is an area of significant natural beauty and rich in mineral wealth.