Born in 1958, Julian Le Bas is a Sussex based artist. He studied at Herts College of Art & Design, Brighton Polytechnic (tutor Dennis Creffield) and Cyprus College of Art.
Solo shows include The Bede Gallery, Jarrow, Towner, Eastbourne and St. Anne’s Galleries, Lewes. Selected Group exhibitions include, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, at Morley, Morley College London, The Spirit in Nature, Mall Galleries, London, The Royal Overseas League, (Educational Trust prizewinner).
He has work in Public Collections – Towner, Eastbourne, Kent Institute of Art & Design, West Sussex County Council.
For Le Bas, landscape is a live encounter and art, a re-enacting of specific experiences, in paint or with charcoal on paper. Through seeking to discover and convey his feelings about form, he aims to deepen his relationship with the subject matter. He sees teaching as integral to his practice as a painter. Le Bas’s paintings and drawings are “moving visible equivalents for the experience of weight and volume in light and space” (Robert Snell). The drawings in this show were created from direct observation, during 2016, prior to painting the Charleston Centenary Hoarding.
He is represented by St. Anne’s Galleries/ Sarah O’Kane Contemporary Fine Art, and has forthcoming solo exhibition in October 2017.