Kit Leese

Media
Watercolours, Oils, Pencils, Gouache, Mixed, Etching, Drypoint
Subjects
Landscapes, Gardens, Flowers
Region(s)
SE, HC

Kit was born in Nottingham in 1957. His parents moved to Suffolk in that year and he grew up surrounded by the East Anglian landscape, which is now a major subject of his work.

Kit began painting at Ipswich School as an extra subject to go with his exclusively science based A levels. He went on to complete an honours degree in marine zoology at Bangor University. By then painting had become as important to him as the degree. He made full use of the mountains of North Wales to develop a feel for landscape painting, particularly in gouache.

He began a technical and management based career in the water industry in 1979. At the same time he continued to develop his painting, and added etching and aquatint to his repertoire, becoming a founder member of the printmakers group, 12PM. This led to a highly successful first one-man show at the Hadleigh Gallery in 1982. He consolidated his reputation with frequent group and one man exhibitions until the mid 1990s. This period included three successful shows at The Haylett Gallery between 1989 and 1993.

As Kit's career developed into operational management, Kit continued to mature as a painter. He used the time to develop techniques in oil and watercolour, as well as gouache. He has branched out into mixed media and abstract work. The main body of his painting still remains rooted in landscapes, largely painted on the spot to preserve immediacy and a sense of place. In 2012 he finally realised his ambition to become a full-time painter, and is now painting with the same enthusiasm and energy which began his journey in 1979. Kit is available for demonstrations and workshops within a 70 mile radius of his home in Bradfield, Essex.