'The Petal Thinkers', David Leapman

Painting showing various colourful small characters against a black background

Acrylic on canvas, 167.5 x 198cm, 2006

Artist's statement

A petal thinker is an image that is equipped to absorb information with special multi-sensory powers. There are twenty seven types of petal thinker in total. 'The Petal Thinkers' deals with the first eight.

The possibility of painting begins with making small, gold ink line drawings on cream-coloured paper, featuring forms and structures teetering between figuration and abstraction.

The journey continues. I am committed to a long time travelling.


David Leapman was born in London in 1959. He studied in London at St. Martin’s School of Art 1977-78, Goldsmiths College 1978-81 and Chelsea School of Art 1988-89. Exhibitions include New Contemporaries ICA London (touring) 1989, Aperto 90 Venice Biennale 1990, XXXVIe Festival International de la Peinture (British Council) France 1995, The Saatchi Gift Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh 2002, World Gone Mad Herbert Read Gallery Canterbury (touring) 2006. Solo shows include Journeying in Search of Hidden Treasures Ikon Gallery Birmingham 1988, Precious Encounters Beaux Arts London 2002. First Prizewinner John Moores 19 1995, Prizewinner John Moores 20 1997.