“Making sense of what I see is what drives my creative practice, and I am particularly interested in the connections that can be made to help this process….”
Lesley Whelan studied Art (Textiles) at Birmingham and currently works from a studio on The Canal Basin in Coventry
In 2003 she was invited to be Artist in Residence at Birmingham University’s Botanic Garden and since then has exhibited widely.
Her fascination with the colours, patterns and textures found in the natural world is evident in the work she is currently producing. She uses heat to distress the work surface giving a dramatic, highly textured and almost sculptural effect. She then adds light and colour by building up layers of paint, using colour in an arbitrary way to express mood and inject feelings.
Her work is held in corporate and public collections in Ireland, USA, Canada, Dubai, South Africa and Australia and has been sold as limited edition prints by John Lewis Partnership. She has a long history of commission-based projects.
Lesley Whelan’s work is held in the following corporate collections:
TCW Investment Group, London/New York · MODRU Dept, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham · St. Josephs Hospice, London · Bruker Engineering, Coventry · Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry · Murdoch Bowers, London · RJD Ltd, Essex · Birmingham International Airport · J.Foreman Architects, Brough · Petro-Canada, London · Aesthetics Events, Dubai, UAE · Lloyds Number 1, Coventry · ‘The White Swan’, Solihull · Winterbourne Botanic Gardens, Birmingham University · Marie Curie, Solihull · Queensway Housing Project, Leamington Spa · Askews Legal, Coventry