About

In 1976 after backpacking through Europe and America, visiting London, Paris and New York, she decided to study Fine Art and make art her career. In 1979 Dale completed a TOP Art course at Frankston TAFE, and gained entry to Prahran CAE, completing a Diploma of Art and Design (Painting), in 1982  Her teachers were Jeff Makin, Vic Mazner, Leslie Dumbrell, Helen Gaier and Roger Kemp. In 1984 Dale completed a Graduate Dip of Education and worked as an art teacher at Hamilton Technical School Victoria ,for the next four years.  She then travelled through SA, WA and arrived in the NT and lived and taught in Darwin for ten years as part of Sanderson High School's Art Dept. On returning to Queensland Dale set about undertaking a number of professional development short courses including Marketing your Art and joined a number of Art Associations and began exhibiting her work on a regular basis. She has had over seven solo shows and participated in over sixty group shows.In 2016 Dale got a commission from iAM Art Consultants to paint 10 paintings for the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital and in March 2017 she joined Bluethumb. Dale has now built her own studio and took part in the Noosa Open Studios weekend. She is now looking forward to spending a good deal more time in the studio and embarking on some larger scale work. Feb 2018 Dale has just completed a large commissioned art work for the Sunshine Coast Council which now hangs in the mayor's office.

Education

Grad Dip Education GIAE Vic 1984
Dip of Art and Design ( Painting) Prahran CAE 1982

Exhibitions

Dale has had eight solo shows and participated in over seventy group exhibitions and competitions across NSW, NT, Qld, SA and Victoria. She was invited to be part of an undiscovered artist show at Martin Galleries in Nundah and sold four works before the show was hung. Since then she has shown her work at Greenhill Galleries in Adelaide, C Gallery in Fortitude Valley, Noosa Regional Gallery, Brunswick Street Gallery in Melb, Three White Rooms in Paddington Bris, Tweed River Gallery, State Library of Qld, Parliament House in Brisbane and joined bluethumb in March 2017.

Press

Australian Artist Magazine Aug 2017 Noosa Open Studios article.Noosa Independent April 2014 Solo Gallery Dale LeachArt Guide Jan/Feb 2012 Pg 169 Caressing the TigerThe Sunday Mail, Event Arts Section, article On the Right Path by Ronnie Girdham Pg. 14 June 28th 2009

Seven News- Cat Art 9 Jan 2012

Influences

Dale's work is influenced by Pop Art, cartoons, and David Hockney's work. She draws inspiriration from her local landscape.,She is fascinated by animals, story telling and the oddball. She remembers being fascinated by a Franz Marc's poster, of a blue horse, on the wall in primary school. Dale is drawn to artwork that is deceptively simple and gloriously colourful. Reducing the subject to it's elemental and powerful components. You only have to look at contemporary Aboriginal Art to see this. Dales work has a distinctive creative style that comes down in the end to a rather singular, rebelliously idiosyncratic view of her world.

92cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Mixed Media
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92cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Mixed Media
$1,600
92cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Mixed Media
$1,600
92cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Mixed Media
$1,600
92cm (W) x 61cm (H)
Mixed Media
$1,600
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76.3cm (W) x 62cm (H)
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