I like to think of my work as honest and original in its intent, with a fondness for line and figurative expression.
For me, creating art has always been about self expression and truth…about producing something relevant and honest…something born out of inspiration and then fuelled by an enthusiasm and passion to create something unique and original.
As lyrical as it may seem, I’m simply trying to articulate and express myself through metaphors of colour, tone and surface texture using a subtext of paint, brushstrokes, collage and mark making.
I have always received tremendous satisfaction from the act of drawing or watching something materialise on a sheet of paper in front of me. There is something special about this act which draws me back time and time again.
I guess that like a musician, creating art can somehow transport you to another world, and for my own part this has become a very addictive but rewarding ritual. I’m curious about where this will lead.
About the Artist
Leith O’Malley is a South Australian visual artist.
His passion for drawing came at a very early age, being influenced by the illustrative style and cartoon work of American “Mad Magazine”, and later by notable Australian newspaper cartoonist Paul Rigby, Michael Leunig and American Illustrator Rick Griffin.
Leith’s early work in the city of Adelaide included freelance illustration contributions to various magazines, before moving to country South Australia in 1986. He spent a lot of this time providing cartoons and spot illustrations for various newspapers.
Leith made the transition from line to brush in the early nineties after workshops with “George Gittoes”. Gittoes is a renowned Australian artist and film maker who has won the prestigious Blake and Wynne Prize for visual art and has also held the position of official Australian War Artist. Soon after these workshops, Leith co-founded the “Red Dust Contemporary Art Group”, exhibiting artwork throughout regional and metropolitan galleries. In recent times he has also exhibited with the New Art Six, a collective of contemporary artists.
Since then he has continued to exhibit in various group and solo exhibitions and along the way has created the promotional artwork for not only the Adelaide Jazz Festival but also the first “Rio-Havana-New York” Jazz & Latin Festival held in Moscow in late 2004.
The ability to work in many mediums including digital has allowed Leith to have his work seen by a much larger audience these days. Now with a presence on the internet, Leith’s traditional and digital work is popular with both Australian and International media and business organizations.
Clients who have used Leith’s digital artwork work have included the afore mentioned ”Rio-Havana-New York” Jazz Festival (Moscow), Guenette Production Company (Los Angeles), Le’Mag Magazine (France), BHP (Australia), Tokyo Electron (Texas), Bristol University (UK) and even the United States Coast Guard.
Although he will tell you that the computer will never replace the feeling of brush on canvas or pen on paper, Leith’s ability to use the tools of both traditional and digital mediums has opened further windows of opportunity for him, and also given visitors from around the world the opportunity to discover yet another creative South Australian.
Leith is currently working on his “Café Girls” series which is a collection of large oil on canvas paintings. He is also involved with the South Australian Living Artists Festival and curating the next contemporary exhibition for New Art Six.
Much of Leith’s work including previews of his current series can be found on his website located at www.leithomalley.com
Oh, and did I mention that bit about how he likes talking about himself in the third person… I didnt? Dang! I hate it when I… I mean he forgets to do that :)