Having completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2015, Brendon Leung is currently engaged in his Master’s of Design at Unitec Institute of Technology; due to complete in November 2019 with his final Master’s presentation to be installed at Trish Clark Gallery. Already included in a number of group exhibitions, Leung presented his first solo exhibition, Zeninimalism, in 2017 at TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre | Pah Homestead.
Born in Auckland in 1994, of Chinese background and raised in a Chinese household, Leung appears to effortlessly and unselfconsciously channel ancient approaches and knowledge into his contemporary exploration of the mediums of painting and ceramics. Eastern philosophical ideas readily embrace correlations with abstraction, the artist seeking to reference nature, space and the human condition.
While the paintings appear pared back, they might be composed of hundreds of layers, often utilising found materials as the support and unconventional materials in the making, including tea and coffee. Leung concentrates on ideas of imperfection and impermanence, drawing out the atmospheric qualities of his materials to deliver potently affecting contemplative paintings and ceramics. For Leung, the functionality of the ceramics is critical, embracing the venerable and ancient history as a part of contemporary daily life, rather than a visual form divorced from meaning and function.
Brendon Leung lives and works in Auckland.