• Lesley Birch
  • Lesley Birch

    A Moon in the Blue, 80 x 60 cms

  • Lesley Birch

    Hint of Blue, 40 x 28 cms

  • Lesley Birch, Looking Back

    Looking Back, 51 x 51 cms

  • Lesley Birch, The Crossing

    The Crossing, 53 x 53 cms

  • Lesley Birch,YellowDress

    Yellow Dress, 33 x 33 cms

Lesley Birch

Lesley Birch

Lesley Birch is a painter based in York, UK. She was born in Glasgow in 1958 and gained an MA in English and Music at Glasgow University. After touring the USA and UK as a professional musician, she taught in Cambridge, at the same time studying and honing her artistic skills, before settling in Yorkshire in 2003.

Birch’s works come from her memory and imagination with the landscape as a starting point and are bringing her attention for their atmospheric, timeless qualities. In 2013 she showed at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition selling on the preview evening as well as Cork Street Gallery in 2012 and 2013. She also exhibits regularly throughout the UK and has collectors in Switzerland, Belgium and USA.

“I’m aiming to create atmospheric, emotive paintings – sometimes simply landscape and sometimes figures with a poetic, storytelling element. I like to work in series using different media ranging from oils, oil pastels and inks to acrylics and pure pigments. My travel sketchbooks feed into my practice helping me gather ideas. Mostly, though I’m relying on my intuition. My memory holds a record of places, people and emotions and I’m accessing that part of myself when I paint.”  Lesley Birch 2015

Recent Exhibitions

  • 2015 Hull Art Gallery, Ferens Open
  • 2014 NOT the Royal Academy, Llewellyn Alexander Fine Art, London
  • 2014 “Process” – Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield
  • 2014 Summer Show, Scotland Art, Glasgow
  • 2013 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
  • 2013 Cork Street Open
  • 2013 Zillah Bell Winter Exhibition, Yorkshire
  • 2013 The Real Print Show, Bradford
  • 2013 York Artists Christmas Exhibition, York Cemetery Chapel
  • 2013 Harrogate Arts Festival
  • 2013 The Great North Show (2013, 2009, 2010)
  • 2013 Harrogate Open, The Mercer Gallery (2008 – highly commended)
  • 2012 Cork Street Open
  • 2012 Cities, all Dimensions, Tokarska Gallery, London
  • 2012 RHS Harlow Carr Summer Exhibition (2010, 2008, 2007
  • 2011 Linear Progressions, Shine Business Centre, Leeds
  • 2011 Doncaster Open (2009, 2008, 2006)

Solo Shows

  • 2015 A Sense of Place Royal Marsden Hospital Exhibition, Chelsea, London
  • 2014 March into Spring, The White Room Gallery, York
  • 2013 Lesley Birch, Time & Place, Gallery 68, York
  • 2011 Lesley Birch Monoprints, The Pyramid Gallery, York, 2011
  • 2009 New Paintings, Lesley Birch South Square Gallery, Bradford
  • 2008 Lesley Birch, Land & Sky, Yorkshire Dales Headquarters

Collections

  • 2015 Royal Marsden Hospital Trust, Chelsea, London

Awards

  • 2014 Flourish Award Shortlist, West Yorkshire
  • 2009 Leeds Art Fair Satellite Award
  • 2008 Highly Commended – Harrogate Open, Mercer Gallery, North Yorkshire
  • 2008 Derwent Award – The Artist Magazine Exhibition
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Lesley Birch

A Moon in the Blue, 80 x 60 cms

Lesley Birch

Hint of Blue, 40 x 28 cms

Lesley Birch, Looking Back

Looking Back, 51 x 51 cms

Lesley Birch, The Crossing

The Crossing, 53 x 53 cms

Lesley Birch,YellowDress

Yellow Dress, 33 x 33 cms