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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Scrapyard Saints – Wellington


Zero-waste art depicts unsung heroes

Oil painter David Le Fleming, recently returned to Wellington after 15 years painting in London’s Hackney Wick, 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, including 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.

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

Instruments of Possession – Wellington


Potocki Paterson
41-47 Dixon Street, Wellington, New Zealand

Painting onto vintage suitcases, hat boxes and violin cases, Le Fleming introduces an oil painting series about oil painting itself. Referencing random bookmarks of art history as early as the 15th century, the objects he has painted pertain to the origins of one’s desires and wants.

Each painting depicts a certain form of possession. There are two identities, the objectified person, represented as a miniature, merely a passenger to the equation. Then there’s the financier, the voyeur, the motivator.



12 – 23 December 2015
See Studio, 13 Prince Edward Rd, London E9 5LH


‘INFLAMABLE LIQUIDS – KEEP LOCKED’ consists of eight large portraits, all with a fairly heavy dosage of detail.

Hair is a central part of this particular series and David Le Fleming chose his subjects not only for their oblique personal traits, but also because they’ve got a good way with hair. Clusters of motifs are herded through landscapes of hair, creating stories and associations that belong to the subjects way of being.




PETROL – Shoreditch/Westbourne Grove/Lille


6-27 Nov 2009
Signal Gallery – 96a Curtain Road, London

20 May – 27 June 2010
Apart Gallery – 133-137 Westbourne Grove, London

3-24 Dec 2010
Vertikall Galerie
– 4 Parvis Saint Maurice, Lille, France

Le Fleming pursues the next car bonnet series with an exploration of sameness and difference. The series Petrol is a set of oil portraits painted directly onto car bonnets in driving scenarios. Each piece represents a multifaceted study of one individual, multiplied or cloned several times to construct the driving scene and interaction with itself.

The study therefore is twofold, it focuses on the human tendency to connect similar looking groups and impress upon them intertwined fates, bonds, and communications that in many cases do not exist. At the same time the exploration allows Le Fleming space to portray many sides of an individual – many contemplative. Within the intimate confines of an automobile, this prompts the viewer to assess for themselves human bonds and the interconnectedness of our futures.

For Le Fleming the automobile is an ideal platform for addressing these ideas. The car in itself encompasses not only a notion of human progress and technological advancement, but also of separateness from each other. But stripping back the glass confines and exposing the human situation within, the shared human experience can be glimpsed.

Cinder under the door – oil & enamel on Triumph bonnet – 1200 x 1068mm
Rolling in Kilburn – oil & enamel on Porsche bonnet – 1305 x 1295mm
Bang biscuit – oil & oil based egg shell on car bonnet – 1236 x 1055mm
Spot looting – oil & enamel on Triumph TR4 bonnet – 1160 x 1340mm
Mino 000 – oil and oil based egg shell on Morris Minor boot – 880 x 800mm
Mino 000 – oil and oil based egg shell on Morris Minor boot – 880 x 800mm

Gullwing Mary and the Dannevirke Divas – Bethnal Green, London


20 Augest – 8 September 2001
Degree Art Gallery.
30 Vyner Street, London E29DQ


Fridge doors and car boots

Tin cans

Excelene – oil & eggshell on tin can – 147 x 80 x 35mm





Saltarello – W1 London

12 – 29 June 2008
Window box
80 Charlotte Street, London W1A 1AQ


No Peerless Social Lion – Shoreditch, London

84-86 Great Eastern Street, London


Private view at the Foundry