ABOUT THE ARTIST

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David Le Fleming

My paintings explore people and myth. The stuff that grabs me most, from other artists/writers/makers, is that which jostles the sleepy subconcious. I much prefer an enthusiasm that goes off piste than something which is clever, it needs to come from the gut.

I like to fiddle with ideas that pertain to assumptions, the margins of logic and things of social measure.

A large part of the equation for me is working with found objects. I look for objects with elements and defects that can be incorporated into the artwork, allowing the process to become more fluid, kinda like a conversation more so than a clearly defined perspective on something. The aged surface of a vintage car bonnet or a disregarded suitcase, lends contextual information and visual cues that’r difficult to otherwise forge authentically. These objects act as contextual anchors, helping to illuminate one of my central themes: verifying the passage of the ever evasive space time continuum.

I’ve been a practicing artist for 20+ years, showing work in prestigious establishments such as London’s Saatchi Gallery and Frankfurt’s Union Hall. I’m represented by Apart Gallery in London and CAS Gallery Taranaki.

I’m from the Manawatu in New Zealand’s North Island, and after 14 years working in London, now live and work in New Plymouth.

Cupids on Badgers
oil and enamel on accordion case

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Seven Queens of the Feather
CAS Gallery Taranaki
New Plymouth

2019 Original Myth
Potocki Paterson
Wellington

2018 Scrapyard Saints
Potocki Paterson
Wellington

2016 Instruments of Possession
Potocki Paterson
Wellington

2015 Inflammable Liquids
See Studio
London

2009 Petrol
Signal Gallery
London

2008 Gullwing Mary and the Dannevirke Divas
Degree Art
London

2008 Morri’s Gumpy
Charlotte Street
London

2006 Ted Mongering
Foundry
London

2005 Saltarello
Charlotte Street
London

2005 Wagon
Foundry
London

2004 No Peerless Social Lion
Foundry
London

2003 Making up for Lost Body Language
Anvil House
Wellington

2003 No.2 Join the Hayboy Club
Start Gallery
Wellington

2002 Cordial Factions
Anvil House
Wellington

2002 Vocabulary Gone Feral
Walrus Gallery
Wellington

2001 Barney’s World of Absolutes
Gallery on Riddiford
Newtown, Wellington

2001 My Guru Needs Fixing
Rimu Street Gallery
Eastbourne, Wellington

2000 Sp Sp
John Street Grill
Newtown, Wellington

2000 Making Sense Between Planes
Aro Street Cafe
Wellington

1999 Come Frusion Tide
Brasserie XVI
Eastbourne, Wellington

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 And the Pagola is done
CAS Gallery Taranaki
New Plymouth

2020 State of the Art (Hanging with Rodin)
Percy Thomson Gallery
Stratford

2020 Super Cuba Dupa
VR exhibition
Potocki Paterson
Wellington

2019 Short and Punchy
Potocki Paterson
Wellington

2019 Moving on
Koru on Devon
New Plymouth

2019 Taranaki Arts Trail
Percy Thomson Gallery
Stratford

2017 Objects of Desire
Apart Gallery
London

2015 Lost and Found
James Freeman Gallery
London

2014 Apart Summer Show
Apart Gallery
London

2012 Apart Winter Show
Apart Gallery
London

2011 Generations
Saatchi Gallery & Chelsea Old Town Hall
London

2011 Apart Summer Show
Apart Gallery
London

2011 Configured
Signal Gallery
London

2010 From London to Lille
Vertikall Galerie
Lille

2010 Carrousel Du Louvre
Louvre
Paris

2010 10 Years Apart
Apart Gallery
London

2010 Cluster Fits Five
Foundry
London

2010 Jam 3
Vitry-sur-Seine
Paris

2009 Artists for Dalai Lama
Krauts Gallery
Köln & Frankfurt

2009 Cluster Fits
Foundry
London

2009 Go Figure
Krauts Gallery, UFO
Frankfurt

2008 House of Yamake
Apart Gallery
London

2008 Mixed Blessings
Signal Gallery
London

2005 Definition 5
Praxis Studios
London

2003 Agapemone
Wellington

1998 5+
Wellington