About The Artist
b.1980. Somerset UK. Genevieve Leavold grew up in a large family in the town of Frome in Somerset. Speaking about her childhood Genevieve notes that it was both a beautiful and difficult experience, and one which deeply informs her practice as an artist.
"On one hand it was idillic, growing up is a big crazy house full of people but on the other there was a great deal of sadness and unspoken pain in our house and art was always a place of refuge for me"
Genevieve always loved to draw and loved nature, spending hours playing outside in the garden, creating worlds in the undergrowth. This love of hidden places, just outside the known world is a compelling aspect of paintings and drawings.
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Influences and inspiration
Her process develops through deep observation of nature and subsequent abstraction of essential qualities of form and colour from the worn, overgrown and overlooked parts of her city to create intuitive, direct paintings and drawings.
Genevieve Leavold draws on her love of organic forms found in nature and love of eastern philosophy as inspiration for her work. She is particularly drawn to Lichen, mosses and Fungi, marine plant, microbiological and mycological shapes and colours.
" I have always loved the way nature - plants and creatures find a way into the cracks and crevices of man-made structures - These unplanned expressions of wilderness have always felt like important reminders that no matter how much we seek to remove ourselves from nature it is impossible - without nature we are nothing and the denial of nature is the denial of life."
Release - Virtual Exhibition
Legacy - Fitrovia Gallery, London, UK
FUGUE STATES - Magacin Kultural Center, Belgrade, Serbia
Desire Paths - Fitzrovia Gallery, London, UK
If Not Now - Center 424, Belgrade, Serbia
Glimpses – Center 424, Belgrade, Serbia
30 days – Walthamstow Arts Festival
Parklife - Walthamstow Arts Festival
Joy - Easton ARTS, Bristol
Commissions and collections
Genevieve Leavold has completed commissions for private individuals. Her paintings are held in corporate and private collections worldwide.
Memberships and affiliations
The Other Art Fair - Virtual Editions
Kite Circus - Sidney and Matilda Gallery, Sheffield.
Free From Form - Polet, Belgrade, Serbia
The Other Art Fair - Mana Contemporary, Chicago, USA
Observations of a Dog - Safehouse I&II, London, UK
From ArtCan with Love - London UK
New Artist Fair - London UK
Clio Art Fair - Chelsea, New York
TRIBE17 - Oxo Bargehouse, London
The Other Art Fair - Old Truman Brewery, London
At this Point in Time – The Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh
The Tunnel – Waterstones Gallery, London WCIN
WITP- Strand Gallery, London
The Waste Land – Asylum Chapel, London
Elles In Rogue: XX Protagonists, Artworks Elephant.
Drawing: 5 Answers, Center 424, Belgrade, Serbia
BANG! - 100years Gallery, Hoxton, London.
Metamorphosis – Bow Arts, London
The Outsider - 5th Base Gallery, London, E1
Selected Works – Cultivate Vyner Street
RE:UP – Cultivate Gallery Vyner Street, London E2
Zeitgiest Open – ZAP Arts, Goodwood Road, London
Deep Purple - Group Show at Cultivate
Montpelier Art Fringe, Bristol
Montpelier Art Fringe, Bristol