Leah Yerpe

Leah Yerpe

United States 1985

Painting, Drawing, Figurative Art


Leah Yerpe
Leah Yerpe
United States
December 24, 2015
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?

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.

Leah Yerpe’s Paintings

Leah Yerpe - Crop, 2008
Leah Yerpe – Crop, 2008

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.”

Leah Yerpe’s Drawings

Leah Yerpe - Stasis, 2008
Leah Yerpe – Stasis, 2008

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.

Leah Yerpe currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/group
2015Zona Maco,art fairMexico City, MexicoGroup
2014Art Southampton, art fairSouthampton, NYGroup
2014Art Wynwood, art fairMiami, FLGroup
2014Silicon Valley Contemporary, art fairSan Jose, CAGroup
2014StellifyDillon Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Summer, Sex, and SpiritsHudson Terrace, New York, NYGroup
2013Art Southampton, art fairSouthampton, NYGroup
2013New York traveling exhibitionEuropean House of Art; Mazières de Touraine, France; Erfut, Germany; Sibiu, Romania.Group
2013HighlightsThe Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, NYGroup
2013StellifyThe Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, Manhattan, NYSolo
2012Holiday ShowDacia Gallery, Manhattan, NYGroup
2012InfinitumDacia Gallery, Manhattan, NYSolo
2012Anonymous: The Contemporary PortraitChautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NYGroup
2012WagMag Benefit Art AuctionThe Boiler, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2012Fountain Art Fair69th Regiment Armory, Manhattan, NYGroup
2012ReflectionsDacia Gallery, Manhattan, NYGroup
2012HyperboreansDacia Gallery, Manhattan, NYGroup
2011IlluminationDacia Gallery, Manhattan, NYSolo
2011Governor’s Island Art FairGovernor’s Island, New York, NYGroup
2011Unlucky Art Social269 Meserole Loft, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2011Japan Society Benefit ExhibitionSmile Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2011Wide OpenBrooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NYGroup
20102010 Winter SalonElga Wimmer PCC, Manhattan, NYGroup
2010Small Works InvitationalThe Painting Center, Manhattan, NYGroup
2010Lost in SpaceWeeks Gallery, Olean, NYSolo
2010Governor’s Island Art FairGovernor’s Island, New York, NYGroup
2010RemedyThe Loom, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010Wide OpenBrooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2009Pratt MFA ExhibitionPratt Manhattan Gallery, Manhattan, NYGroup
2009Leah Yerpe: Thesis ExhibitionPratt Studios Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2009ExchangeMontclair State University, Montclair, NJGroup
2008Small WorksLucky Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2008BYOA ExhibitionSteuben South Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2008RefinementAswoon Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2007First Year WorksSteuben East Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2007Erie Art Museum Annual Spring ShowErie Art Museum, Erie, PAGroup
2007Senior ExhibitionRockefellar Arts Center, Fredonia, NYGroup
2007Great Lakes Emerging Artist CompetitionAdams Art Gallery, Dunkirk, NYGroup
2007Faculty SelectRockefellar Arts Center, Fredonia, NYGroup
2007Monotype and IntaglioEmmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, NYGroup
2006Fredonia Five150 Central Gallery, Fredonia, NYGroup
2006FiguresEmmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, NYGroup
2005UB Fredonia Exchange ShowUniversity of Buffalo, Buffalo, NYGroup
2005Art Forum Annual ExhibitionWilliams Center Gallery, Fredonia, NYGroup
2005SUNY Student Art ExhibitState University Plaza Gallery, Albany, NYGroup
2005Emerging PaintersPalace Gallery, Jamestown, NYGroup
200530th Annual Jamestown Community College Young Artists ExhibitJamestown, NYGroup
2004Images in Black and WhiteJamestown Community College, Olean, NYSolo