collages & colour studies

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  • Passage of Arms (collage)

    40.3 x 38.1

    Mixed media on card

    1979

  • Roofwork (collage)

    31.4 x 29.2

    Mixed media on card

    1979

  • The Illustrated Man (collage)

    Mixed media on card

    1979

  • Stooping Bather (collage)

    Mixed media on card

    1980

  • Bathers with Yellow Towels (collage)

    Mixed media on card

    1980

  • The Pulley (collage)

    40.6 x 34.2

    Mixed media on card

    1980

  • Prudence Cuming Associates (collage)

    48.3 x 30.8

    Mixed media on card

    1985

  • On the Bed

    25.7 x 25.4

    Mixed media on card

    1976

  • Roofwork (Variant)

    14.6 x 14.3

    Acrylic

    1979

  • Bather Drying his Knee

    14.6 x 11.4

    Acrylic

    1980

  • Fischer Fine Art Limited

    26.2 x 23.2

    Acrylic

    1981

  • The Yellow Stairwell

    19.4 x 16.9

    Acrylic

    1982

  • Richard Bairstow

    24.2 x 19.1

    Mixed media on card

    1982

  • Torso (The Minotaur)

    20.3 x 16.6

    Acrylic

    1984

  • Prudence Cuming Associates 2

    25.7 x 30.8

    Acrylic

    1984

  • Study for a Self Portrait

    23.5 x 19.1

    Alkyd-oil

    1987

  • Stretch

    15.9 x 15.2

    Alkyd-oil

    1998

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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