About Me

Leigh D Walker is an artist who explores a variety of disciplines including painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and installation.

Born in South-West Scotland, she studied for her Honours Degree in Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University. After working as a professional artist and lecturer, she returned to her studies and completed a Master of Fine Arts at Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh University in 2006.

Combining her art practise with exhibiting, teaching and community art, Leigh’s interests are many and varied.  Her work reflects this eclectic attitude. The exquisite surfaces of her paintings and the intricate beauty of her drawings reflect her ongoing fascination with the craft of drawing and painting. She enjoys experimenting with a variety of images and creating unexpected and arresting pieces. Her creations are often poignant, sometimes humorous and occasionally disquieting.

Being the recipient of numerous awards, Leigh has exhibited widely in the UK and Australia. She has shown in venues such as The Royal Scottish Academy, The National Portrait Gallery, London and The Scottish Gallery. Her work is held in public and private collections throughout the UK, such as The Scottish Equitable Collection and The South Ayrshire Council Collection.

Her paintings have featured in The BP Portrait Award Calendar, The Financial Times (UK), The Mail on Sunday and Livewire Magazine.

Currently living and working in South Eastern Australia, Leigh makes regular visits to the United Kingdom.

CV

Education

  • Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh University 2004 – 2006
  • Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University 1993 – 1997.
  • Ecole des Beaux Arts, Strasbourg, France – 1996

Qualifications

  • Master of Fine Arts (Drawing & Painting) Edinburgh College of Art/Edinburgh University – 2006
  • Bachelor of Art in Art & Design (Drawing & Painting) 1st Class Honours Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University – 1997

Awards

  • Society of Graphic Fine Art Award – 2005
  • Hope Scott Trust Postgraduate Award – 2005
  • Andrew Grant Bequest Award – 2004
  • Ken Cowley Award – 1999
  • Sunday Mail Art Show, Commended – 1998
  • Great Universal Stores Award – 1998
  • Macallan Award – 1997

Commissions

  • Scottish Equitable, Edinburgh
  • South Ayrshire Council
  • Philips Gallery, Manchester
  • Satow, Edinburgh
  • MacDonnell/De Laszlo, London
  • Simmons, London

Prestigious Art Awards

Testimonials

A sample of lovely things my buyers and students have said about my work.

I have been doing life drawing classes with Leigh Walker since about 2015. In that time Leigh has become both a trusted artistic mentor and a friend. She is relaxed, witty, cheerful, positive and energetic. She is also an accomplished visual artist in her own right and is able to share her knowledge of materials and techniques with her students. She is respectful and encouraging–always able to find the good in her students’ work so as to reassure and gently prod them to try new things and test their creative boundaries. I greatly enjoy Leigh’s teaching and the bonhomie of the life drawing class. That’s why I keep coming back!

John Butcher – Canberra, Australia

Art student

I bought 2 gorgeous prints from Leigh. They are of amazing quality, the colours are so vivid and so reasonably priced. Leigh’s work is unique and beautifully detailed. The ordering process was quick and simple. The packaging was fantastic and considering the prints travelled from Australia to Scotland, I had them up on my wall within days of order. I only wish I had more wall space to display more of Leigh’s work! I would absolutely recommend Leigh’s work to anyone – it always draws positive comments from visitors.

Elise Hannah – Fife, Scotland

Art buyer

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