Lesley Munro

Lesley Munro searches for the poetic and expressive potential in the everyday, whether in the night landscape, detritus from a building site, or the processes and contingencies of image and object making. Her practice has been an evolving one of ongoing research, often cyclical, into issues and possibilities that have interested her over the years, with a strong interest in the effect of light and dark, degrees of transparency and on paradoxes.

Work's Curious Sensing, 2011, acrylic and wood filler on plywood, 120 x 120cm
Work's Curious Sensing, 2011, acrylic and wood filler on plywood, 120 x 120cm | Lesley Munro

Lesley Munro was born in 1948 and grew up in Western Australia’s oldest regional town, York. Winner of several awards including the Cossack Art Award in 2013, Lesley initially studied fine art at Claremont School of Art and a BA Fine Art at Curtin University in 1976, where she later received first class honours in Fine Art in 2004. Lesley has shown regularly since her first solo exhibition in 1984.

Lesley’s practice has manifested in many different forms, from an early modernist emphasis on painting and printmaking to more recent investigations into experimental processes. In the pursuit of satisfying her curiosity she has obsessively experimented with materials.

She searches for the poetic and expressive potential in the everyday, whether in the night landscape, detritus from a building site, or the processes and contingencies of image and object making. Her practice has been an evolving one of ongoing research, often cyclical, into issues and possibilities that have interested her over the years, with a strong interest in the effect of light and dark, degrees of transparency and on paradoxes.

Finding beauty and expressive potential in ordinary and everyday objects has lead Lesley to use a broad range of traditional and contemporary media, including discarded or sourced industrial and building remnants. These are often incorporated into intuited or observed images and objects, many of which result in abstract forms that reflect the subjective and evolutionary nature of her work, together with the sometimes unexpected outcomes of decisions that may be orderly or frenetic, disciplined, or even wilful. Some are seen as metaphors for human experience and vulnerability, as expressions of conversation and memory, loss, solace or redemption.

Lesley taught and lectured in art for 20 years at vocational and tertiary levels, as well as conducting regional workshops throughout the state. Her work has been acquired by a number of eminent collections in Australia and internationally including Artbank, National Securities Commission, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, St John of God Health Care, Kalgoorlie College, The University of Western Australia, Rio Tinto, Pringle Knitwear Co (UK) and the local government collections of Fremantle, Melville and Vincent in Western Australia.