Celebrated Australian abstract artist Alun Leach-Jones passed away on the 24th of December 2017 .
One of Australia’s most significant abstract artists, Leach-Jones was born in Wales in 1937, and arrived in Australia in 1959. From his early training in manuscript illumination in Liverpool and interest in geometric abstraction “Leach-Jones adapted the cool and detached traditions of illumination and developed a peculiar and idiosyncratic style for his own concept of nonfigurative painting” (Sasha Grishin, 2017). He held more than 80 solo exhibitions and was included in significant group exhibitions including ‘The Field’ at the National Gallery of Victoria (1968) and ‘Bienal de Sao Paulo’, Brazil (1969). Survey exhibitions of Leach-Jones’ work were held in India (1974), Germany (1981), Wales (1992) and at regional galleries in Victoria and New South Wales. He is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, most state galleries and internationally in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the British Museum, London .
Nicholas Thompson Gallery will continue to proudly represent the work of Alun Leach-Jones. His generosity, support and friendship will be greatly missed. An exhibition of the artist’s last works, a continuation of his overwhelmingly well received exhibition at Sydney Contemporary 2017, will be held in May 2018, coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of The Field exhibition .