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Julie Leonard



I live and work in  London.


People and places are my inspiration, from Wooded lanscapes  to wild seascapes, locations seen on my travels, to portraits captured anonymously on the London underground or observations of everyday situations and scenes.


Painting and drawing is my passion. I work fast, one piece of work going through many transitional stages and forms, drawn from my observation drawings. I work in both electronic media and  traditional painting and drawing materials.


Traditionally my sketch books were the starting point for my bold oil paintings and mixed media pieces, rich in colour and movement. However with the introduction of my iphone as my electronic sketchbook, I find myself looking at my subject matter with new eyes. My imagery, has become more illustrative and has taken on a narrative quality. The portraits attempt to tell a story about the people, the locations or the situations I observe as I draw.




Appointed as the FIRST Artist in residence for Crossrail in London 2014-2016



Exhibitions & Events

2022  "Canada water - At the crossroads of change " my  commision piece is currently on display in the British Land Canada water marketing suite in South East London.

2020/21 : Canada water - At the crossroads of change" 2020/21 - A bespoke digital commission produced on my Ipad, for British Land capturing the local community and landscape before its transformation.  As the project progresses a follow on piece will be created to showcase the additions British Land will be making to the local neighbourhood and the emergence of a new urban area in East London.

2018       Participated in Sculpture in the City and  Sculpture Fest one day event in June

2017       Random group show Crouch End Open Studios

2017       Capturing London at The Broadgate Tower EC2 Feb- Sept

2016       Above & below the line  Crossrail Showcase November 2016

2016       Crouch End Open Studios

2014       Julie Leonard  Captures London --a private show hosted by the Balkan Artists Guild (BAG)

2014       Crouch End Open Studios

2014       Appointed Artist in residence for Crossrail

2013       Londonist 150 years of the Underground : tube drawings :  see at  


2012       Southgate Open Studios & Art Trail – Sketching workshop and exhibition

2010       Primrose Hill café - new work show.

2009       One Man Show Town Mill, Lyme Regis

2008        4 Man Show Gallery Five Nottinghill, London

2007        Essex Summer Open South-End on Sea, Essex

2006       Selected for Royal Academy Summer Show, London

2005        Singer Friedlander Water Color competition – The Mall Galleries

2004        3 Man Show the Conningsby Gallery London

2003       Group Show with the NottingGill Group Fulham London




Studied Fine Art Painting at De Montfort University 1982 – BA Hons. Fine Art


Other professional Work

Event project management, book production and Exhibition Curation – Royal College of Art (London)

Development /fund raising for in the Architecture and Design: Open–City (London)


Other personal interests:

Architecture and London’s landscape and culture


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