When: Monday to Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm
Where: 15 Ganges Road, Khandallah, Wellington
Exhibition has been extended
Born in 1925, Leonard’s story began growing up in Ngaio, Wellington. A dedicated artist, by the 1950s he was exhibiting at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts and established as a well sought-after portrait painter. In 1954 he co-established the Lambton Galleries, Wellington’s largest commercial gallery. He completed several commissions for public spaces, including murals at the newly built Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, and won the inaugural Kelliher prize for landscape painting. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London.
By 1960, encouraged by a fellowship to the Netherlands, and discouraged by the changing New Zealand art scene, Leonard left for Europe, sadly never to return. Settling in England he enjoyed success on the Continent, particularly at the Paris Salon.
Leonard’s work is held in the National Collection, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the War Art Collection, Archives New Zealand and the Alexander Turnbull Library.