Leisa Russell

Represented Artist

Leisa Russell

Represented Artist

An Award winning sculptor/Ceramic artist, Leisa Russell’s love of art began in her early childhood. She developed her passion for making objects with clay and other materials she found in the bush around her Gold Coast hinterland home

Now a well known and respected ceramic artist, her current series ‘Inner Self’ is a  celebration of the female form.

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Leisa’s passion for sculpting began during early childhood when she started sculpting with clay and the objects she found in the bush around her home.  Growing up on a rural property in the Gold Coast Hinterland, Leisa developed a strong affinity with and appreciation for both nature and animals. This is evident in some of her most recent works which reflect the strong energy and presence of natural found objects.
Essentially a self-taught artist, Leisa’s work showcases a broad skills base and her versatility in the use of a wide variety of mediums including bronze, clay, resin, silver, wood, forged steel and concrete.
Her work ranges in scale from small table top pieces to life size works.  She displays an unwavering insistence on maintaining the integrity of the process and the materials used in developing her pieces.

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

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

ACHIEVEMENTS

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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