ORIGINAL MYTH – Wellington

Lindsay, Gob of Subsistence – oil on Jeep bonnet – 1100 x 800mm


22 Feb – 24 March 2019
Potocki Paterson
Level 1, 41-47 Dixon Street,
Wellington, New Zealand

Each of David Le Fleming’s paintings in this series forges a new god for today’s startling new political, environmental and social landscape.

These animal, humanoid and nebulous forms rule relatable concepts and concerns with rich symbolic resonance. In the same way some artists reverse-engineer naivety, Le Fleming reverse-engineers religion, offering arresting graven images replete with presence, pathos and humour.

Le Fleming’s painting reveres the surface. Appropriating found objects from tin cans to tractors, he uses their defects and typography to illuminate the passage of time.


Witch’s Hammer – God of Entropy
oil on tractor bonnet (assemblage also includes faux hair, plasticine, garden hose and drift wood)

Little Hand – The Inverse Principality – oil on tin can – 102 x 156mm

Three Step Perpendicular – oil, enamel and sand on canvas – 490 x 606mm

Supernova Sam – Lord of Mass – oil on metal panels (diptych) – 1200 x 1170mm

The Purple Lodge – Margaret is Pleased – oil on stretched velvet – 1520 x 1520mm

Cupids on Badgers – God of Folk – oil on accordion case – 450 x 490 x 240mm

Crepuscular Sect – oil on tin can – 210 x 175 x 250mm

Seven Fields Remain Behind – oil on tin can – 260 x 210 x 80mm

Ship inside this house you’ve made – oil on tin can – 145 x 100 x 35mm

Night Parrot – The Pocket Tickler – oil on fiberglass panel – 600 x 1220mm

Morning Brass – oil on found metal decorative plate – 430 x 430mm

The Kraken – oil on canvas – 600 x 700mm

Malaga – Lord of the Omnipresent – oil on wooden box – 152 x 230 x 75mm

Dopler – oil on underside of chair – 370 x 365mm

Ion Compliant – oil on tin can – 135 x 200 x 77mm

Moon Dock – God of Satellites – oil on wooden box – 125 x 90 x 60mm

Blood Hare – oil on wooden box – 100 x 120 x 65mm

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