Leah Yerpe is an American artist, known for her photo-realistic paintings and graphite drawings, depicting multiplied people moving through spaces.
Leah was born and grew up in Cattaraugus County, New York. She graduated from State University of New York at Fredonia in 2007. In 2009, Leah earned her M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Yerpe’s art is characterized by her dreamlike large-scale work. She is depicting figures suspended in space, creating rather unusual compositions where they are floating or falling to an infinite void. The reason she is using human figures is that she believes that one can’t help but projecting and relating to it.
The very beginning of her work, the first step is taking a photo of a model posing. However, Leah insists that the models have all the freedom they need to move as they like – because she is fascinated by the looseness this approach gives her. This improvised dance provides many different poses: such as twisting or floating and falling on a ground.
“I see them transformed from free individuals into symbolic figures.”
This artist does not hide the influence that mythology and religion have on her art. She hints it in the titles of her pieces that are resonating universal human experience.
After the shooting, Leah selects and organizes photos into preliminary sketches and then – the chosen ones are ready to be created underneath her hands, with a light graphite line-drawing. Usually, she finishes it with charcoal or graphite and ink. Leah prefers charcoal for the elegance of its simplicity and it is all-natural, containing no chemicals.
This artist is represented by Anna Zorina Gallery from New York.
All images copyright © the artist
|2015||Zona Maco,art fair||Mexico City, Mexico||Group|
|2014||Art Southampton, art fair||Southampton, NY||Group|
|2014||Art Wynwood, art fair||Miami, FL||Group|
|2014||Silicon Valley Contemporary, art fair||San Jose, CA||Group|
|2014||Stellify||Dillon Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|2014||Summer, Sex, and Spirits||Hudson Terrace, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||Art Southampton, art fair||Southampton, NY||Group|
|2013||New York traveling exhibition||European House of Art; Mazières de Touraine, France; Erfut, Germany; Sibiu, Romania.||Group|
|2013||Highlights||The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, NY||Group|
|2013||Stellify||The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, NY||Solo|
|2012||Holiday Show||Dacia Gallery, Manhattan, NY||Group|
|2012||Infinitum||Dacia Gallery, Manhattan, NY||Solo|
|2012||Anonymous: The Contemporary Portrait||Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY||Group|
|2012||WagMag Benefit Art Auction||The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2012||Fountain Art Fair||69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, NY||Group|
|2012||Reflections||Dacia Gallery, Manhattan, NY||Group|
|2012||Hyperboreans||Dacia Gallery, Manhattan, NY||Group|
|2011||Illumination||Dacia Gallery, Manhattan, NY||Solo|
|2011||Governor’s Island Art Fair||Governor’s Island, New York, NY||Group|
|2011||Unlucky Art Social||269 Meserole Loft, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2011||Japan Society Benefit Exhibition||Smile Gallery, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2011||Wide Open||Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2010||2010 Winter Salon||Elga Wimmer PCC, Manhattan, NY||Group|
|2010||Small Works Invitational||The Painting Center, Manhattan, NY||Group|
|2010||Lost in Space||Weeks Gallery, Olean, NY||Solo|
|2010||Governor’s Island Art Fair||Governor’s Island, New York, NY||Group|
|2010||Remedy||The Loom, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2010||Wide Open||Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2009||Pratt MFA Exhibition||Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Manhattan, NY||Group|
|2009||Leah Yerpe: Thesis Exhibition||Pratt Studios Gallery, Brooklyn, NY||Solo|
|2009||Exchange||Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ||Group|
|2008||Small Works||Lucky Gallery, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2008||BYOA Exhibition||Steuben South Gallery, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2008||Refinement||Aswoon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2007||First Year Works||Steuben East Gallery, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2007||Erie Art Museum Annual Spring Show||Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA||Group|
|2007||Senior Exhibition||Rockefellar Arts Center, Fredonia, NY||Group|
|2007||Great Lakes Emerging Artist Competition||Adams Art Gallery, Dunkirk, NY||Group|
|2007||Faculty Select||Rockefellar Arts Center, Fredonia, NY||Group|
|2007||Monotype and Intaglio||Emmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, NY||Group|
|2006||Fredonia Five||150 Central Gallery, Fredonia, NY||Group|
|2006||Figures||Emmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, NY||Group|
|2005||UB Fredonia Exchange Show||University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY||Group|
|2005||Art Forum Annual Exhibition||Williams Center Gallery, Fredonia, NY||Group|
|2005||SUNY Student Art Exhibit||State University Plaza Gallery, Albany, NY||Group|
|2005||Emerging Painters||Palace Gallery, Jamestown, NY||Group|
|2005||30th Annual Jamestown Community College Young Artists Exhibit||Jamestown, NY||Group|
|2004||Images in Black and White||Jamestown Community College, Olean, NY||Solo|