BRENDON LEUNG | Master’s Degree Presentation

December 1 — December 21, 2019

    Trish Clark Gallery is very pleased to support exceptional emerging artist, Brendon Leung, in his final Master’s Degree presentation. Having included Leung, while still a student, in two group exhibitions in 2018, his current work in this final degree year confirms the gallery’s belief that Leung is an exceptional young artist.

    While the paintings appear pared back, they might be composed of hundreds of layers, utilising found materials as their support and unconventional materials in their 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.

    Born in Auckland in 1994, of Chinese/Malaysian background and raised in a Chinese/Malaysian household where both parents’ livelihoods were in cooking, Leung embraces this cultural hybridity, amplified by living in a New Zealand-inflected western society. He grasps the cultural legacies of Eastern aesthetics, lifestyle and philosophies that influence his art and their connections with his own creative process, appearing to effortlessly and unselfconsciously channel ancient approaches and knowledge into his contemporary exploration of the mediums of painting. Eastern philosophical ideas readily embrace correlations with abstraction, the artist seeking to reference nature, space and the human condition. He says, “I’ve come to understand my practice is a literal immersion in the process of impermanence, creating paintings is like chanting a mantra, to tune myself in to what is important and meaningful. Having influences from both east and west has given me insight into something more profound, something that connects us all, that is our humanity.”

    Link to artist page→

    • Studio installation view, September 2019
    • Untitled 102, 2019
      Coffee, ink, acrylic and plaster on found wood
      350 mm x 280 mm
    • Untitled 103, 2019
      Coffee, acrylic and plaster on found wood
      340 mm x 300 mm
    • Untitled 110, 2019
      Coffee, ink, egg tempera, pure pigment, water and plaster on aluminium shelf
      760mm x 560mm
    • Untitled 106, 2019
      Coffee, gouache, acrylic and plaster on aluminium shelf
      760mm x 560mm
    • Untitled 104, 2019
      Coffee, pure pigment, acrylic and plaster on found wood
      440 mm x 235 mm
    • Untitled 107, 2019
      Coffee, ink, acrylic, tape and plaster on aluminium shelf
      760mm x 560mm
    • Untitled 108, 2019
      Coffee, ink, pure pigment, water and plaster on board
      1190mm x 970mm
    • Untitled 109, 2019
      Coffee, acrylic, pure pigment and plaster on found wood
      260 mm x 185 mm
    • Untitled 105, 2019
      Coffee, acrylic, pure pigment and plaster on aluminium shelf
      760mm x 560mm