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. The male is a mountain, one on top of another and the female, the non-conforming, more of a field. Here they can be found in collaboration, communicating with secret languages, creating anti-linear structures or attending intentional gatherings. Often, it it is unclear where one figure 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 combat the ‘divided feminine’ – or the externally imposed, hierarchal division. A literal prioritizing of the female body results in a reclamation of the narrative.
Leah Tumerman is also 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
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