Deborah Leavy


Contact Information

debleavy@gmail.com

http://www.deborahleavy.com/

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Painting/Photography

Archived Work

Artist's Statement

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
- Danny Kaye, actor, comedian, and painter

I have tried to take that exuberance and apply it to my life and to my work. The journey has taken me from left brain to right brain, leaving the law to follow my lifelong passion to paint. More than twenty years later, my journey continues with the inclusion of photography.

Embracing the freedom of contemporary imagery, I experience form, space, color, and movement through the idiom of abstraction. I seek layers, history, and pentimenti, often finding it in the urban landscape. Visual fragments are absorbed as a resource for both painting and photographs.

What is revealed, what is hidden, what used to be and what remains describe both the subject and the process of my work. The Japanese call it wabisabi, finding beauty in imperfection, decline, and decay.

Thus I attempt to draw the viewer in, to pause and discover.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2013
Embracing Abstraction, Theatre Horizon, Norristown, PA

2012
Beneath the Surface, Fireside Gallery, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

2006
Spirit Shrines/Crete, Welcome Gallery, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Two-person
land/SCAPES, Tyme Gallery, Havertown, PA

Group
2016
Wanderings, InLiquid at Jed Williams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

PHOTOgraphy 2016, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Spring Gala Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

Professional Artist Members’ Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

2015
Old Enough to Know Better, Women's Caucus for the Arts, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

PHOTOgraphy 2015, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Spring Gala Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

Professional Artist Members’ Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

2014
Outer Limits, Art at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Jewels & Treasures, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

Professional Artists Members’ Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

2013
Professional Artists Members’ Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

2012
Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

Opposites Attract, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Annual Juried Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Juried Exhibition

2009
Devotion, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia
Juried Exhibition

Artisan Showcase, Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

2002
Annual Continuing Education Student Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

2011
"Artist of the Month," Main Line Today Magazine, December

Professional Experience

2014 – 2016
Curator, Lobby/Event/Exhibition Space, Theatre Horizon, Norristown, PA

Awards and Honors

2016
First Prize, Expressions of Radnor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Honorable Mention, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Elizabeth Osborne

2012
3rd Prize, Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Rubenstein Award, Expressions of Radnor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2011
Solo Show Award, Artists Equity Annual Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2010
Honorable Mention, Feast the Eyes, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Royalty Printing Award, Annual Members’ Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Commissions

2013
American Psychologist magazine, cover art (May-June 2013 issue)

Education

2006 - present
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2009 - 2016
Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2004 - 2005
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2000 - 2003
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1996 – 2001
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

1981
Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
J.D.