Contruction Series Gwyneth LeechKaufman Arcade 132 West 36th Street
As a whole new city within our city emerges, artist Gwyneth Leech has been chronicling this west side evolution in paint.
Contruction Series is a collection of the artist's paintings of construction sites, now viewable for free in the Kaufman Arcade, at 132 West 36th Street as part of our Space for Public Art Program.
In 2015, construction began in front of Gwyneth Leech’s Midtown Manhattan painting studio window, blocking the view that had been the inspiration for her observational art pieces for many years. Despite her initial sense of loss and desire to flee, Leech decided to stay and document the construction process. Leech realized how rapidly construction sites change, with new shapes, patterns, light effects and human interactions, inspiring her to witness and paint the city’s dynamic physical transformation.
Through painting on site with an easel, in acrylic on canvas, and in the studio with oils on canvas or wood panel, Leech captures specific times of day and particular stages of the high rise construction process. The exhibition includes paintings of construction sites in the Garment District neighborhood, near Hudson Yards, Grand Central Station and on West 53rd Street.
Gwyneth Leech has exhibited her drawings, paintings and installations across the United States and the United Kingdom in a wide variety of museum, commercial gallery, public art and alternative spaces. She is well known for her artwork on used coffee cups, which she exhibited at site-specific installations, starting in 2011 in the Garment District Alliance Window Space for Public Art.
She received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA and Post Graduate Diploma from Edinburgh College of Art. Leech has won numerous awards and grants, including several Scottish Arts Council awards, a University of Colorado's President's Fund Grant, an Elizabeth Greenshields Memorial Award and a Thouron Fellowship.