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Leah Sims

Leah Sims is a figurative painter. Her large-scale work aims to explore the banalities of everyday life through the depiction of insignificant moments in time; trying to portray a sense of reality through a painted snapshot. Sims has a strong interest in the gaze and what it means to look at a painting physically, especially in the digital age where we are constantly confronted by images and pictures. In her work, she aims to create environments that draw the viewer in, implicating them in a moment of observation for which they are not acknowledged, generating a level of uncertainty between viewer and subject, image and surface. Increasingly, her paintings begin to question the relationship individuals have with screens and modern technology – paying homage to traditional means of painting whilst also addressing the contemporary nature of mobile phones and the subtle impact they have on everyday life.

Robyn Bailey