Crisp, Leeanne


“Many of my portrait projects are focused on creative people, how they communicate their feelings, sensory experiences and ideas, the affects of this communication, and the ways this changes us. I am interested in the work of my subjects and there is a personal relationship, which develops over time. My broader project, Coming to our Senses is picturing the invisible parts of life- the mystery of the senses and emotional life.  It is about the complex rhythms of people connecting with each other where the rational is tempered with embodied awareness. In an age where the rational dominates, an embodied awareness of our senses and being in touch with our feelings, is crucial for us to have ‘common sense’ with regard to our values and actions.  My figurative images and the evocative use of colour and space all combine to this end.”


Born 1950, Adelaide, South Australia


2000   Master of Arts (Visual Arts), Painting.Canberra School of Art,ANU
1974   Advanced Diploma in Teaching (Fine Arts), Torrens College of Advanced Education.


National Portrait Gallery Canberra, (twice) National Library of Australia, Canberra (Visual Collection), Adelaide University Student Union, Writers Centre Canberra, Christopher Hunt (1979 Director Adelaide festival of Arts), Tony Bishop Adelaide, Kansas City Youth Art Awards.


Leeanne Crisp at VAS PAA Melbourne opening 2011

Leeanne Crisp at VAS PAA Melbourne opening 2011


2013 ‘The Thinking Heart’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2004 ‘Ordinary People’, Canberra Museum and Gallery
2000 ‘Social Fabric’, Master of Arts Exhibition Canberra Institute of Arts, Gallery, Australian National University
2000 ‘Celebration of the Life of Judith Wright’ Tilley Divines, ACT
1999 ‘Borderspace’ A collaboration with Helen Fuller at ANU Institute of Arts, Photospace Gallery
1989 Giles Street Gallery, Canberra
1986 Tynte Street Gallery, Adelaide
1985 Tilley Divines Gallery Canberra, Paintings on paper
1983 Gallery Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1979 Contemporary Art Society, Adelaide
1977 Solander Gallery, Canberra



2012 – The Alice Prize, Gold Coast City Art Prize,
2012   Celebrating Innovators, Portrait Artists Australia at Parliament House
2012  10 year Book Launch and 2013 Exhibition, Art House Hotel Gallery, Sydney,
2012 Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, Bega Regional Gallery
2011 BDAS Members Show, Bowral, BDAS Portrait Prize exhibition.
2011   John Copes Watercolour Prize Exhibition, (Winner) BDAS
2011 the Dobell Prize for Drawing,
2010 EMSLA Still Life Prize Exhibition, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
2010 “All the Worlds a Stage’, Portrait Artists Australia at the Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne
2010 Portia Geach Memorial Award, Sydney
2010 – Archibald touring Exhibition (Art Gallery NSW), Residency at Bundanon
2009 Archibald Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW and touring exhibition.



John Copes Watercolour Prize,

Tuggeranong Art Prize,

Canberra Institute of Arts Drawing Prize,

Residencies –  Bundanon x 3, Megalo x 2, Capetown University School of Art 6 months.


Leeanne Crisp - Canberra 2011

Leeanne Crisp – Canberra 2012