Leisa Russell - Anamenes, close up (detail)

Leisa Russell

Australia 1967


Leisa Russell
Leisa Russell
February 5, 2016
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Leisa Russell is an Australian artist, primarily known for her sculptures done in bronze, clay, silver, wood, forged steel, resin, concrete and even found objects.

Inspired by Nature

Leisa Russell - Remains, 2013
Leisa Russell – Remains, 2013

Leisa was born in 1967, on the Australian Gold Coast. She grew up in its hinterland, on a rural property, always strolling around the natural bush land, making sculptures out of clay and things she would find in those adventures. A very close relationship with animals and nature is what Russell nurtured during her childhood. Today, this artist has a strong appreciation of nature – something that is often seen in her environmentally themed works.

Leisa Russell is essentially a self-taught artist. She earned certificates in Fashion and Graphic Design and Part Bachelor of Visual Art from Southern Cross University. Besides that, Leisa participated in advanced workshops: the bronze foundry, blacksmithing, silver smiting, wood carving and welding.

Russell’s Ceramics

Leisa Russell - Self Discussions, 2012
Leisa Russell – Self Discussions, 2012

When it comes to her sculptures, Leisa really likes the variety: a miniature porcelain form, a sterling silver sculpture or a life size bronze and concrete piece is what one could find in her oeuvre, among other things.

Most of Leisa’s sculptures, especially those made out of porcelain, offer a viewer not only a visual pleasure, but a tactile experience as well: all the surfaces and textures are created to arouse a certain tactile feeling when touched.

Russell won the 28th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award in 2012.

This artist is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.

Leisa Russell lives and works on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Featured image: Leisa Russell – Anamenes, close up (detail)
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014INNER SELFGallery OneSolo
2014Tactile Fussion19 Karen GallerySolo
2013Border Art PrizeTweed River Art Gallery and Gold Coast City Art GalleryGroup
2013Gold Coast Art PrizeGold CoastGroup
2013Swell sculpture festivalCurrumbin, Gold CoastGroup
2013Wilson art prizeLismore, New South Wales, AustraliaGroup
2012Border Art PrizeGold Coast City Art. GalleryGroup
2012Gold Coast Potters Annual Members ExhibitionGold CoastGroup
2012Townsville Ceramic AwardTownsvilleGroup
2012Swell Sculpture FestivalCurrumbin, Gold CoastGroup
2012Ceramic Art AwardGold CoastGroup
2012The Women’s Project19 KarenGroup
2009Border Art PrizeGold Coast City Art. GalleryGroup
2008Gold Coast Potters’ Association Annual Members’ ExhibitionGold CoastGroup
2008Swell Sculpture FestivalCurrumbin, Gold CoastGroup
2007The Sculptors Society Annual ExhibitionSydneyGroup
2006Sculptors Society Annual ExhibitionSydneyGroup