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April 8, 2022

PELAGIC: An Exploration Of The Ethereal Art of Leigh Bisset

PELAGIC: An Exploration Of The Ethereal Art of Leigh Bisset
Another impressive art exhibition opened last night at Sydney's M2 Gallery in Surry Hills, where Leigh Bisset presents PELAGIC, a solo show by the fine artist.

PELAGIC presents Leigh Bisset's paintings inspired by her deep connection to the ocean, her desire to protect those creatures who live there, and the parallels we can draw with the human condition, particularly during these past two years of fear and control.

Floating on crisp backgrounds, her 'Free flow' series depicts a series of seductive jellyfish rendered large-than-life in bold colours and charcoal detail. Their frills, like petals, pulse across the canvas – flowers of the deep. We are invited by Leigh to think about these other-worldly creatures, who have no heart, brain, or bones yet are still able to exist. This is perhaps a metaphor for living in the present moment.

In her 'Suspended by light' series, Leigh explores the magic of humpback whales. We revere them as universal awe-inducers and as a cornerstone of our environmental concerns. Intertwined and free, they are immersed in the emotions of life.

Leigh Bisset grew up in South Africa on the north coast of Durban, where the sea was an innate part of life. She developed a deep love of the ocean and the world of beauty beneath its surface during her childhood.

When she moved to Australia in her early twenties, Leigh developed her passion for creating art with a sense of place, hope, and inner peace. After returning to her homeland in 2012, she established her own studio.

My studio is a sanctuary amid the noise, cynicism and chaos around us. My objective is to create work that moves and uplifts. The world can be dark and politicised – my hope is that my art compels the viewer to be present in the beauty of their surroundings, and essentially, to feel joy.
– LEIGH BISSET, ARTIST.

Leigh has always found inspiration in both the ocean and human form. Sensual and spiritual, figurative and ethereal, real and abstract, her work embodies them all. One can feel Leigh's curiosity for human nature and her delight in form. In her paintings, you'll find seductive jellyfish pulsing across the canvas or loose, feminine forms entwined beneath a cloud-like undertow of waves.

Among the places where Leigh's work has been featured is Garden & Home UK and South Africa, and works commissioned by private clients can be found in Dubai, the UK, Australia, and South Africa.

The exhibition will run from April 6 2022 to April 12 2022 at the M2 Gallery, 4/450 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, Sydney.

Image source:

leighbissetcreative.com

@leighbissetcreative

atdusk.com.au

@atdusk

For more art this week, check out our feature on Chivas Regal's 'I Rise, We Rise' Photography Exhibition in Melbourne.

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