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SMAC Studio hosts an exhibition by Leslie Fitzsimmons

Leslie Fitzsimmons is a contemporary Newcastle based artist, whose art focuses on process-based abstract painting. Through her practice, Leslie explores her connection to nature and place.

As Leslie’s ability to travel vanished this year, her focus on landscapes narrowed and she began to paint the colours of her immediate surroundings.

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This November Leslie is bringing her latest exhibition, ESCAPE to the Tighes Hill art space SMAC Studio.

Escape is a body of work exploring this place, where Leslie found serenity and perspective.

There is a lesser known beach, just barely within Leslie’s restricted area, that she frequented during lockdown. Leslie went there to escape the city, feelings of depression, and mundane and limited routine.

She became captivated in her study of beach stones. Turning them round and round, finding the tiny crevasses of dark colour contrasting with the lighter surface. Her worried mind mellowed and she felt at ease amongst the warm and earthy colours.

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Allowing herself to escape, Leslie’s mind opened up to some of life’s greater lessons. Including a renewed appreciation that even the smallest details offer inspiration and beauty.

Leslie’s creative inspiration comes from the natural beauty of places she has immersed herself. She creates paintings that are vivid and bold, yet hold detail and playfulness. Working with primarily watercolour and gouache, colours are amplified from the visual experience she has when immersed in the landscape. Her compositions are impulsive, combining intuition and sensitivity, while being lively and responsive.

ESCAPE by Leslie Fitzsimmons hosted by SMAC
Opening Night | 26 November, 6-9pm
Bookings on Eventbrite.com
*Due to current Covid restrictions, SMAC Studio requires each attendee to book a free ticket for an allotted time.

In addition to opening night, Leslie's exhibition will be open Saturday the 27th Sunday the 28th from 10am - 2pm for viewings.