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Born in 1958 - Sussex based painter Julian Le Bas studied at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design. Graduating at Brighton Polytechnic in 1981, with an affinity with the landscape developed; This was further explored in Cyprus at the College of Art on a Post Graduate Course in 1984.

Le Bas was selected for a Solo show at The Towner in 1990 and has exhibited widely including, The Bede Gallery, Jarrow, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, and The Jerwood Drawing Prize.


Norbert Lynton wrote in the catalogue, ' Artists in Sussex in the Twentieth Century',' For Julian Le Bas landscape is a live encounter and art, reenacting of specific experiences, in paint or with charcoal on paper.

Le Bas is represented by St. Annes' Galleries, Lewes, and is currently teaching at Morley College, London, and Brighton University.



MIKE TUCKER      -  A COMPANY BEYOND TIME  -

‘Julian Le Bas speaks of the importance of being IN the motif. The best work comes when Le Bas is so attuned to the elements that he is able to allow the landscape to paint itself through him,materialising a lyrically charged,compelling quality of ( post- Cezanne ) space through the simplifying, summarising emergence of interlocking forms’. (1996)



JULIAN BELL      -  MODERN PAINTERS -  SPRING 1996  -

'His blasting translations of the Channel in dirty weather are magnificent in their organized energy, sharing the spirit of Nolde's seascapes and standing the comparison’.


’Writing about Le Bas in the catalogue of his Towner show of 1990, Creffield hailed him as ' The Lover and Poet of The South Downs' and said how hard it is to make authentic images of this land , experienced as of now but redolent also of 'where earliest feet trod (in England we don't look for our ancestors in Caves but up there on the Downs)'.



NORBERT LYNTON   - THE SCENE OBSERVED  -  THE SUSSEX SCENE 1993  -

’For Julian Le Bas landscape is a live encounter and art of reenacting of specific experiences , in paint or with charcoal on paper. He was taught for a while by Dennis Creffield and shares his way of using marks to represent key features in the motif and at the same time the artist s relationship to it and to the act of drawing or painting’.


2016,         Canvas Summer, Issue 46  - News from Charleston.

                 'Rolling Expanses. Artist Julian Le Bas on his inspiration for the glorious landscape painted on our
                 centenary project hoardings '.

                

               

 May, 2016   Hoarding at the historic barn at Charleston - Commissioned by Dr Darren Clarke, Head of Collections,                   The Charleston Trust , Alistair Burtenshaw, Director and Carolyn Chinn, Head of Public Programmes and                   Learning. This commission is to celebrate 100 years since Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved into                   Charleston.


Feb, 2016    INTO THE WOODS - St. ANNE'S GALLERIES, 111 HIGH STREET, LEWES, BN7 1XY



2010    Green Sussex Fading Into Blue, St. Annes Galleries, Lewes


2006    Five Approaches To Painting, Thebes Gallery, Lewes

1996    Paintings & Drawings, Russian Embassy, London

1995    Boundaries, The Sussex Open, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

1995    Songs of the Sea, Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells

1994    Artworks, South East Arts Collection of Contemporary Art, University of Brighton Gallery

1994    Ten Years of Aquisitions, Hove Museum & Art Gallery 1994    The Ark, Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex1994    Faces,            Pheonix Gallery, Brighton1994    Hungry for Art, Mall Galleries,London

1993    Prospects, South East Arts Collection of Contemporary Art, Towner, Eastbourne1993    The Sussex Scene, Towner/            Hove Museum & Art Gallery

1992    Vantage Point, Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex1992    The Spirit in Nature, Mall. Galleries, London

1991    David Bomberg, Some Students & Current Influences, Towner Art   Gallery             & Museum1990    Source to            Sea,Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex

1989    Travel,Real & Imagined Journeys. Towner, Eastbourne

1988    Drawings, The Bloomsbury Workshop, London


1988/81    The London Group. Morley Gallery/ South London Art Gallery

1987    Drawings in Series,The Graphics Gallery, University of Kent, Canterbury1987    Paintings & Drawings, Bury Walk           Gallery, London


1988    75th Anniversary, Glamorgan Summer School, St.David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales.1988/86           (The Royal Over-            Seas League Annual, London( Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust            Prize winner, 1988)

1988    Swedish Exchange Exhibition

1986    Draw. Gardner Centre, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton. 1986    Friends& Relations of Charleston, Sun &            Sand Showrooms, London  W1

1986    St. Albans Revisited- Work by former Foundation Students, Hertfordshire College of Art & Design 1986            Carry on Painting, The Gallery, Brighton Polytechnic  

1984-86  Dimensions, South East Arts


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