Byron Bay based artist and designer Leah Bartholomew will open her latest body of work Sense Of Place at Newrybar Merchants on Friday 17th May from 5pm. 

Sense Of Place is a collection of original paintings inspired by Leah’s travels to the USA as well as her local environment in Northern NSW and Southern QLD. They are an optimistic, colourful vision created with particular attention to colour, pattern and flora of her travels and home town; an abstract representation of the beauty found in nature. Leah creates in direct response to the emotion evoked from interacting with the natural environment and her works speak of the energy and vibrancy felt by her observations of nature.

 “My ritual of daily walks are integral in forming the initial concept for my pieces. After taking in the atmosphere of the day and observing the natural elements, I begin with mini torn paper collages that depict the colours and mood from the surrounding space,” says Leah of her art practice.


With a background in Fine Arts, Textile Design and Graphic Design, Leah is a multi-disciplined artist and designer. After living in Melbourne for 10 years and working for well-loved Australian designer Beci Orpin, plus a long list of clients whilst also working as an exhibiting artist, Leah returned to the Northern NSW coast to concentrate on her art and limited edition products. 



Represented by Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors, Leah has had successful collaborations with Australian labels Gorman, Sportscraft and Basil Bangs, as well as large commissions where her unique works are cheering up the walls in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and further afield in the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, UK and. These projects along with many others have brought her work into the spotlight with her signature clean, bold style and sophisticated and unusual colour palette now being widely recognised. 


Sense Of Place will exhibit at Newrybar Merchants from May 5 – July 4 2019.