Leslie Wayne manipulates the medium of painting by approaching oil paint as a sculptural material, often times scraping, folding, cutting, and building up the surfaces. Her work takes on three-dimensional forms with layers, varying textures, and colors. She said in a recent interview with Stephanie Buhmann “color and form are one and the same in my painting, which is what defines so much of their character.” The tactile quality of her work evokes the experience of geology and natural phenomena. “My relationship to landscape is really rooted in memory, in the light, colors and geography of the West,” she said in an interview published in Figure/Ground Communication in 2013. She continues “So here, in the middle of midtown Manhattan, I approach the subject more as an opportunity to depict visual manifestations of physical forces: compression, subduction, morphogenesis, rather than pictures of nature in the traditional sense. And many of the paintings are shaped in ways that accentuate movement and instability.”
Wayne was born in Germany in 1953, and grew up in California. She currently lives and works in New York. Wayne studied painting at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1971 to 1973, and she received a BFA in sculpture at The Parsons School of Design. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Grant (2012), the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (2006), the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Artists Grant (1994), and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist¹s Grant (1985).
In 2011 the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in South Carolina organized a solo survey of Wayne’s work, curated by Mark Sloan and accompanied by a catalogue. It traveled to the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Virginia, and the Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Connecticut.
Wayne’s works is a part of various public collections such as the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, the Portland Museum of Art, Oregon, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Florida, the Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, La Coleccion Jumex, Mexico, and le Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, France.
Jack Shainman Gallery has represented Leslie Wayne since 1993. Solo exhibitions at the gallery include: One Big Love (2010), Trouble in Paradise (2007), Re-Entering (2000), and Breaking and Entering (1998). Her next exhibition will be in March, 2014, along with an accompanying catalogue.
LESLIE WAYNE NEWS
Recipient: Joan Mitchell Foundation Artists Grant
AUGUST 1, 2013
Stephanie Buhmann: We are looking at a preview of your upcoming show at Jack Shainman’s Chelsea Gallery opening February 20, 2014.
Leslie Wayne: Yes. I’m showing you two bodies of work, which have emerged organically over a long period of time. I’ve been pondering the idea of whether or not I should present them separately or together. Now I think I am going to show them together.
FEBRUARY 4, 2013
What are you working on in your studio right now?
I’m working on a couple of things. One is a group of paintings that are an extension of the “One Big Love” series that’s been ongoing since 2007. These new paintings are also on small shaped panels, but the shapes of these deliberately accentuate and exaggerate the weighty draping aspects of the paint.