Who is Sam Leach?

By Gwylym Owen

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Sam Leach (born 1973) is an Australian contemporary artist. He was born in Adelaide, South Australia. Leach worked for many years in the Australian Tax Office after exploit of a degree in Economics. He as well as completed a Diploma of Art, Bachelor of Fine Art degree and a Master of Fine Art degree at RMIT in Melbourne, Victoria. Leach currently resides in Melbourne. Leach’s be active has been exhibited in several museum shows including “Optimism” at the Queensland Art Gallery and “Neo Goth” at the University of Queensland Art Museum in 2008, in 2009 “the Shilo Project” at the Ian Potter Museum of Art and “Horror Come Darkness” at the Macquarie University Art Gallery and “Still” at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in 2010. His law is held in public collections of regional galleries of Geelong, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle and Gippsland and the collections of La Trobe University and the University of Queensland.

His portrait of musical comedian Tim Minchin won the Archibald Prize, one of Australia’s most noteworthy art prizes, in 2010. In the thesame year, he won the Wynne Prize for his landscape Proposal for landscaped cosmos. In doing hence he became and no-one else the third player after William Dobell and Brett Whiteley to win the Archibald portrait prize and the Wynne landscape prize in the thesame year. The tribute has generated some controversy due to the similarities, acknowledged by Leach, between his work and one by seventeenth-century Dutch player Adam Pynacker.

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