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  • Passage of Arms (collage)

    1979

    Mixed media on card

    40.3 x 38.1

  • Roofwork (collage)

    1979

    Mixed media on card

    31.4 x 29.2

  • The Illustrated Man (collage)

    1979

    Mixed media on card

  • Stooping Bather (collage)

    1980

    Mixed media on card

  • Bathers with Yellow Towels (collage)

    1980

    Mixed media on card

  • The Pulley (collage)

    1980

    Mixed media on card

    40.6 x 34.2

  • Prudence Cuming Associates (collage)

    1985

    Mixed media on card

    48.3 x 30.8

  • On the Bed

    1976

    Mixed media on card

    25.7 x 25.4

  • Roofwork (Variant)

    1979

    Acrylic

    14.6 x 14.3

  • Bather Drying his Knee

    1980

    Acrylic

    14.6 x 11.4

  • Fischer Fine Art Limited

    1981

    Acrylic

    26.2 x 23.2

  • The Yellow Stairwell

    1982

    Acrylic

    19.4 x 16.9

  • Richard Bairstow

    1982

    Mixed media on card

    24.2 x 19.1

  • Torso (The Minotaur)

    1984

    Acrylic

    20.3 x 16.6

  • Prudence Cuming Associates 2

    1984

    Acrylic

    25.7 x 30.8

  • Study for a Self Portrait

    1987

    Alkyd-oil

    23.5 x 19.1

  • Stretch

    1998

    Alkyd-oil

    15.9 x 15.2

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Colour Studies and Collages

After the completion of one of my more complicated compositions, such as Passage of Arms or Roofwork, (both 1979), I sometimes made a collage that told the story of its making. Typically, this featured selected frames from my contact strips together with some of the working prints derived from them. (I printed light and dark versions to provide myself with a range of tonal information). A tracing showed elements of the composition in outline while a colour study indicated tone and colour. My colour mixes for use in the painting’s later stages appeared like a ‘medal ribbon’ at the base of the collage.

To give it some presence as an object, (and having in mind the beautiful ‘assemblages’ of Joseph Cornell) I presented the collage in a shallow box. I treated some other less complex compositions in a similar way. (The Illustrated Man 1979, Stooping Bather 1980 and Bathers with Yellow Towels 1980).

The photo collage of Prudence Cuming Associates 1985 was my gift to the firm.

© Michael Leonard