Born and trained in England, Lesley arrived in Australia in 1969 with a National Diploma in Design (NDD) London, and a Post Graduate Art Teachers Diploma (ATD) University of Liverpool, to teach Art. Her practice is driven predominately by a deep appreciation and respect for the Australian landscape, but with an awareness of man’s interaction and intervention. Her 27 solo exhibitions reveal a vast range of skills and a constantly-shifting focus between abstract and representational elements, to create both 2D and 3D works. As for her future practice, Lesley states that “I cannot predict what I will be creating in a decade, next year or even next week. Past works are merely prologue – like a line in a poem or cadence in music”. Her book ‘BECOMING AUSTRALIAN – an artist’s journey “will be launched at her 50 Year Survey Exhibition at the Holmes a Court Gallery in October 2019.
- Year: 2014-2018
- Materials: Limestone, steel, wood
- Size: 258 x 33 x 33 cm
- Price: $11,000
While the existing Cottesloe Pylon is no sculptural masterpiece it continues to resonate because of its history and presence, giving rise to debate about resonance and aesthetics. I have presented a church-like version of this icon not for religious reasons, but as a metaphor for congregation in the surf, the sun and the sand.