• Lucinda Leveille

    Queensland

    Lucinda Leveille
    I have always known that I was born to be an artist, just like my father.

    Nowadays, and many years of further study, discovery and practice I finally consider myself an 'artist'.

    Currently I work from my studio on the Gold Coast, Queensland where I also tutor adults in oils, acrylics, watercolours and drawing.


    A favourite quote from William Dobell - "A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put onto canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself a living thing."
    • Artist Statement
      • A curly haired and adventurous three year old Lucinda made an unforgettable entry into the world of art with a pencil and the lounge room wall as her canvas. Her parents soon bought her a blackboard to encourage her budding talent or perhaps had another compelling motive in mind. Even then she knew she wanted to become an artist, just like her father, grandmother and great grandfather. It was in her genes and nothing would deter her. As soon as she was old enough she applied for art school. Competition was fierce, but her talent and determination gained her a place. The 5 year full time classic course included anatomy, perspective and colour theory, subjects that broadened her scope, understanding and experimentation into different styles. On finishing school, Lucinda moved to the Gold Coast where she produced a body of work that she presented to a Surfers Paradise gallery. Shattered when rejected and told she had no talent so should pursue another career, Lucinda didn’t put brush to canvas for 10 years. But you can’t continue to deny what genetics, passion and talent gave you.

        For Lucinda art is an expression and interpretation that not only pleases the eye but draws out our emotion as we continue to discover the different aspects of what we see. A truly talented artist allows the viewer to escape to their own special place for a little while. Finding new strength, Lucinda continued her studies using different mediums, pushing the boundaries, painting with groups or spending many hours alone in her studio. She has travelled a journey of styles, realism, expressionism and cubism continually changing as the moment and her soul dictated. “You never know where your brush will lead you” she says.

        The diversity of Lucinda’s body of work is testament to more than her unquestionable talent. It is also exposes her understanding of the drawn emotion her brushstrokes impart through the subject on her canvas. Quoting Pablo Picasso “the purpose of art is to brush the dust of daily life off our souls”, Lucinda trusts that her art brings a little bit of peace happiness and love into your life. Many would say she already has.
    • Biography
      • 1974 Art Diploma Qualifying Course – 2 years
        National Art School, Sydney, NSW
        1976 Diploma in Art – 3 years
        National Art School, Sydney, NSW

        HIGHLIGHTS
        1998 Gold Coast Show Society
        3rd prize Special Award Painting
        Highly Commended (x2) Contemporary Painting

        2000 Commission (x 2) for large building company, Rockhampton
        Commission (x 2) for photographic company, Gladstone
        Commission (x 2) for leading fine dining restaurant, Gladstone Flinders

        2001 Gold Coast Show Society
        3rd prize Sculpture

        2002 Society of Sculptors Gold Coast - Members Exhibition - The Tony Palmer Award
        Gold Coast Show Society - Highly Commended Sculpture
        Nerang Chamber of Commerce Commission for a community mural
        Major contributor for an art auction in aid of the Bali bombing victims

        2003 Commission by the Gold Coast City Council for the new Nerang Library
        Gold Coast Sun Newspaper Feature Article

        2004/7 Commission by the Gold Coast Italo Australian Club for large murals (x6)

        2005 Society of Sculptors Gold Coast
        Members Exhibition - Highly Commended
        Exotic Erotic Exhibition - Highly Commended

        2006 Bruce Watling Galleries, Southport, Gold Coast
        ’Pushing the Boundaries ’- Solo Exhibition
        Gold Coast Show Society - Highly Commended Contemporary Painting
        Highly Commended Sculpture
        Women In Focus Magazine Feature Article

        2008 Mortimore Art Prize - Finalist Sculpture

        2010 Pauline Ewers Fine Arts, Toorak Village, Melbourne
        ‘New Works’ - Solo Exhibition

        2013 The d’arcy Doyle Art Awards - Highly Commended Landscape

        2014 Commission by the Gold Coast Volunteer Coast Guard – mural

        2015 Gold Coast Show Society - Highly Commended Painting

        2016 Gold Coast City Council – Artist in Residence – Nerang Library

        2018. Inaugural Morris Art Prize - finalist

        Art Lovers Australia - finalist

        Lethbridge Smalls - finalist

        Artsy Shark - Feature Artist Autumn

        Art Lovers Australia - Popular Artists

        Home Design Magazine - Feature



    • Interview
      • Which new trends or Australian artists do you find inspiring at the moment? I don’t really follow new trends or any artists – I go where my paintbrush leads.

        Which Australian deceased artist do you most admire and why? Brett Whitely for his amazing draughtsmanship.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why? I was quite young, I don’t think I had left school and I saw a Rodin sculpture in Sydney – the Burghers of Calias and I was totally mesmerized, I decided I wanted to sculpt then and there. However, things change and I ended up a painter.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work? I am inspired by the water at the moment – whether it is still water, fresh or salt, the sounds and smells all contribute to a painting. But most of the time you simply see something and go ‘O.K. got to get that on canvas.’

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about? Not really, but I am always exploring new products to see if they will improve my practice. Or seeing what is new on the market, you might find something that leads you in a new direction or opens up the possibilities of something new happening on the canvas.

        What do you like most about being an artist? I am my own boss! How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block? I always take what Brett Whitely said as fact, it is a job and on a day when nothing creative is happening you go into the studio – tidy, clean, do whatever you need to do to get organized. When you go in the next day something will happen – treat it as a job – 9 to 5.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date? I suppose the two solo shows that I had in a row, but having said that, I was pretty well burnt out after and didn’t paint for a few years after that. But I it was always a dream to have a ‘solo’. Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how? I would like to leave the world a little more happier, calmer, more pleasant to be living in I guess. I would like to think that I lived and added to people’s lives not detracted.

        What are your plans for the coming year? To keep on exploring, learning and expanding my art practice. There is always something new out there.

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    Dream Forest
    Painting / 56 x 76 cm
    $450
  • red river painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    Red River
    Painting / 61 x 45.5 cm
    $280
  • red river number 2 painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    Red River Number 2
    Painting / 61 x 45.5 cm
    $280
  • country feelings painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    Country Feelings
    Painting / 63 x 52 cm
    $390
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    More Country Feelings
    Painting / 63 x 52 cm
    $390
  • spring lace 2 painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    Spring Lace 2
    Painting / 24 x 72 cm
    $280
  • spring lace 1 painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    Spring Lace 1
    Painting / 24 x 72 cm
    $280
  • the surf path painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    The Surf Path
    Painting / 76 x 50 cm
    $680
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    Windblown
    Painting / 91 x 50 cm
    $765
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    Meandering Magic
    Painting / 76 x 56 cm
    $450
  • poppies painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    Poppies
    Painting / 56 x 76 cm
    $450
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    Tiger Lillies
    Painting / 76 x 56 cm
    $450
  • bluebells painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    Bluebells
    Painting / 56 x 76 cm
    $450
  • flight i painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    Flight I
    Painting / 91 x 46 cm
    $760
  • flight ii painting lucinda leveille LUCINDA LEVEILLE
    Flight II
    Painting / 91 x 46 cm
    $760
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    Tidewater, Gold Coast, Queensland
    Painting / 120 x 60 cm
    $1,095
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    Golden Glow
    Painting / 76 x 56 cm
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    The Sentinel
    Painting / 76 x 56 cm
  • lace gems painting lucinda leveille
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    Lace Gems
    Painting / 56 x 76 cm
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    Poppy Field
    Painting / 76 x 56 cm
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    Sunday Winter Walk
    Painting / 56 x 76 cm
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    Two For The Road
    Painting / 56 x 76 cm
  • summer sunday afternoon painting lucinda leveille
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    Summer Sunday Afternoon
    Painting / 90 x 120 cm
  • moored painting lucinda leveille
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    Moored
    Painting / 60 x 50 cm
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    Evening Tide, Gold Coast, Queensland
    Painting / 120 x 60 cm
  • city moorings painting lucinda leveille
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    City Moorings
    Painting / 61 x 61 cm
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    Morning Walk
    Painting / 100 x 50 cm