(°1973, San Diego, USA)
Lives and works in Brussels.
Adam Leech, (°1973, USA) was educated at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Masters in Painting), The Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), and the HISK (Antwerp). He lives and works in Brussels. In 2020 Leech participated in a yearlong residency at SMAK in Gent, followed by an exhibition in the museum in 2021.
Highlights from his career include:
Manifesta 7 ‐ Curated by Adam Budak , Trentino – South Tyrol, Italy
Ariane de Rothschild prijs 2008, Brussels, Belgium
A Million and One Days, National Gallery of Art Lithuania
KunstFilmBiennale Koln, Germany - German Film Critics Association Award -KunstFilmBiennale Koln 2009
TICAB Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual, curated by Joa Ljungberg and Edi Muka, Tirana, Albania
Split Film Festival, Croatia
Moderna Museet, Bubble Night - solo show, curated by Joa Ljungberg, Malmo, Sweden
S.M.A.K., M for M, Gent, Belgium
Adam Leech is fascinated by the dialectic between neurology on the one hand and sensory, subjective experiences in the arts on the other hand. For instance, during a residency at S.M.A.K. in 2021, he explored the ambiguity between knowledge and immeasurability of aesthetic experiences. Sensory experience, psychological processes and neurology fascinate Adam Leech by their elusiveness, and it is exactly that which he tries to capture in his paintings. His work translates the search of the intangible through an innovative use of materials. In recent developments, Adam Leech experiments with sculptural elements on a two-dimensional canvas. He uses figurative portraits as well as abstractions of images to depict that indeterminacy with different shapes, textures, and materials.