Leigh Arnold and a painting from his new exhibition.
Leigh Arnold and a painting from his new exhibition.

Leigh's tessellations on display

Leigh Arnold is a Nimbin artist who visualises form and structure in a way that most others cannot. When Leigh was 45 he was diagnosed as being severely dyslexic, mildly autistic and having Asperger's syndrome. (Now that's a bad day...) The upside? Leigh has a very special way of seeing.

In the early '90s Leigh turned to art as a form of expression.

“I made a decision that I wanted to be an artist. It just came out of the blue and that is where it all started,” Leigh said.

Many of his paintings have a background of outer space, star fields, spiral nebulae and planets floating toward central vortices. His images often have mathematical grids with bizarre tessellations and repetitions of structural elements. He has a fascination with pattern and symmetry.

The Australian Mathematical Science Institute commissioned two of Leigh's images to use as a logo and for promotional material for mathematics conferences.

Another fan of his ability to capture complex geometric patterns is Robert Bleakley, co-founder of Sotheby's Australia, who will be opening Leigh's most recent exhibition, The Fabric of Space, at Zakay Glass Creations Gallery in Byron this Friday, October 30, at 6pm.


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