AR WAVE #64; AR WAVE #65
both acrylic on board
both signed, titled and dated 2004 on the reverse
both 18 ins x 18 ins; 45.7 cms x 45.7 cms
“The practice of filling lines with wiggly stripes of colour, similar to yarn, offered a direction in painting with endless experimentation.”
Toronto native Angela Leach spent her early artistic career exploring the highly textural and colourful practice of weaving. This interest in textiles is evident in her paintings, especially those from her energetically charged AR (Abstract Repeat) series. Roald Nasgaard wrote of her work, “Modelling her procedure on weaving, Leach subjects her paintings to a number of restrictions…using exactly thirty-two colours, repeating them in a sequential order that runs from dark to light, the colour repetition reflecting the regular quality of woven fabric.” Leach paints ribbons of colour that expand and contract; the paintings seem to pulsate as the waves change shape and direction and the colours merge and undulate.
Leach graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1989 and has since presented her work in many group and solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Power Plant (Toronto); the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver); Edmonton Art Gallery; and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo).
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., Vancouver, 2007, page 377.
Leach, Angela. Artist Statement. 2006. www.angelaleach.com