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