From a studio space in Oakland, California, Leah Tumerman carves out narrative scenes on canvas, taking cues from intuitively applied under-paintings.  Working predominately with highly pigmented acrylics,  Leah watches for the emergence of figurative subject matter and then edits, often employing drawing materials, towards an oblique finish. She revels in the implied relationship between forms based on physical posture and placement alone, abstracting the form to equalize and universalize.

The top is not the top.  In Leah’s paintings, there is no implied hierarchy and figures exist on the same plane.  Figures can be found in physical communion, communicating with secret languages, creating anti-linear structures or attending intentional gatherings.  Often, it it is unclear where one form starts and another begins and this, is belonging.  Leah posits the question, does the female collective exist solely within idealism? And then constructs images to actualize the wish or negate its potential. A literal prioritizing of the female body results in a reclamation of the narrative.

Leah is available for Mural Project Consultation & Project Management.  If you’d like assistance with a first mural, an extra large project, or in translating any image to large scale/public space, please inquire through the Contact Page

Leah is is licensed for work in Art Education.  Connect with her for CV and further inquiry. 


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Belmont University, Nashville, Studio Art & Education, Painting Emphasis BFA 2005

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Creative Writing, Text/Image Hybridity MFAW 2008

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e x h i b i t i o n / s o l o

Baana, SF,  January – April 2018  leisure

The Mill, SF, May of 2017  invisible string

18 Reasons, San Francisco CA 2016  hunter/gatherer

FIDO Nashville TN 2012  for the sea lies all around us

e x h i b i t i o n / g r o u p

3rd Street Village, San Francisco CA 2017  you have a voice

Project Gallery, Los Angeles CA 2016  illustrative minds

Kitty Hawk Gallery, Sebastopol CA 2015  two hundred show

Abrams Claghorn, Albany CA 2015-present

SOMA Cultural Arts, San Francisco CA 2014

Gallery 121, Nashville TN 2012

Loyola University Mundelein Center for the Arts, 2011

Ainsworth Gallery, Joliet IL 2011  i dreamt, i dream

G2 Chicago IL 2007

Galleria Gianonne, Forte Di Marmi, IT 2006

a w a r d s / h o n o r s

Vermont Studio Center Resident November-December 2018

Visit Oakland Public Art Grant 2017/2018

Feature in Maker’s Magazine July 2017 :: ISSUE 4

Feature in SF Magazine April 2017, The Future is Communal

SFOpen Studios Top Ten Artists to See in 2014, San Francisco, CA

Belmont University Writing Award 2005

Frank Leu Russel III Scholarship for Outstanding Artist 2003