WAYNE, Leslie



One Big Love, #58
Oil on panel
12 3/4 x 10 x 2 1/2" OVERALL
Leslie Wayne’s painting process is one of accumulation. She presses harmonious hues of oil paint in layer upon layer, so much so that her paintings become sculptural. This three-dimensional quality of her work is achieved through scraping, folding, cutting, and building up material as if it were clay. Although Wayne’s technique appears abstract, the textural nature of these works might recall the Earth’s strata, as Wayne has indicated: “My work has always been heavily influenced by not just landscape, but geology, whether we’re talking about a brick in a building or the tectonic plates or a cotton rag, all material is subject to the same laws of physics and so that’s what I really want to convey in my work that the sense of materiality the weight of gravity, the compression of material.” The three examples from Wayne’s One Big Love series evoke a kind of intimacy given the scale of these works—a small scale that in no way minimizes Wayne’s intensely visceral practice.




WAYNE, Leslie
b. Germany, 1953


Gift of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York




WAYNE, Leslie and b. Germany, 1953, “WAYNE, Leslie,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed June 14, 2024, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/4664.