Scrapyard Saints – Wellington


Zero-waste art depicts unsung heroes

Painter David Le Fleming, wants to draw our attention to everyday people who hold communities together and often go unrecognised.

Using reclaimed surfaces like car bonnets, waste packaging and filing cabinet shelves, Le Fleming has painted large-scale, detailed portraits of people known to the artist who he considers to be stand up humans.

The title piece, Polycycle Sigil, a bicapitated (two-headed) lion painted on a 1958-61 Singer Gazelle bonnet, draws on Le Fleming’s interest in heraldry to make a coat of arms for unsung heroes. By applying the visual language of privilege to a mundane surface, he points to the ease with which a society can consider itself meritocratic while celebrating a restricted social class.

Cat Barich
ink and oil on cardboard box
1200 x 700mm
Shafiur Rahman
ink and oil on carboard box
1200 x 700mm
oil on tin can
212 x 212 x 116mm
oil on tin can
235 x 235 x 105mm
Polycycle Sigil
oil on car bonnet
1090 x 1080mm
Cartoon Swamp Jazz
ink on board (acrylic case with faux fur upholstered frame)
1040 x 1283mm

As a closing event to the exhibition, an open invitation was extended to local musicians to join in an evening of improvised music.

Scrapyard Saints – Opening night video by Taylor at Atmos Film