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 utilizing drawing materials, towards an oblique finish. She revels in the implied relationship between forms based on physical posture and placement alone. Using playful symbolism and a touch of make believe, the finishing details speak to notions of sisterhood and communalism, but also whisper of loneliness. Leah explores ‘the work’ of being a woman, striving to create scenarios which connect and include. She riffs on the notion of inclusion itself, employing metaphor towards a poetic understanding of intersectionality.
And then there is the issue of Belonging.
Leah Tumerman is primed for efforts in Art Education & Mural Translation (translating any artist’s work to a large scale and/or public space). Contact her for CV and inquiry.
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Before the Bay
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
The Mill, SF, May of 2017
18 Reasons, San Francisco CA 2016 hunter/gatherer
Grove Salon, Berkeley CA 2016
Innerstellar, Berkeley CA 2015
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
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