David Leach, who received a B.A. from Bucknell University, and an M.F.A. from Ohio University, is an Emeritus Professor at Wright State University, where he taught art – primarily printmaking and drawing – from 1973 to 2003. His drawings and prints have been published in conjunction with poetry and prose on numerous occasions, and his work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University, the Dayton Art Institute and the Cincinnati Museum of Art, among several other public and private collections.
The motifs in his current work have a focus on flora – natural plant forms and shapes – drawn as linear abstractions that overlap and fill the page. The process is intuitive and derives from experiences in nature, but not drawn directly from nature.
The exhibition is an attempt to create a working space – a studio – within the exhibition space – the Dutoit Gallery. Some of the works will be framed; others will be pinned to the wall as in a studio. “I have to have works around me when developing a series of work,” says David – a common trait among studio artists. He intends to use the space as a working studio, creating and revising works during the term of the exhibition.
Exhibition opening: December 30 from 5-8pm
First Friday hours: January 5 from 5-8pm
Third Sunday at Front Street: January 21 from 1-4pm