Colour in Your Life featured artist Judith Leman appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Twenty Three (23).
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Judith Leman’s attachment to the horse and creative pursuits started at a very early age, owning and riding in equestrian disciplines. Dogs were very much part of Judith’s household. Judith’s main source of inspiration is depicting empathy and connection with Horses and Dogs.
Consistently drawing and painting horses led to an internationally famed career in Equine and Canine art. Judith’s Belgian born grandfather – artist Marcel Leman carved her interests in art as a career.
Judith’s techniques are traditionally based but of late her favourite techniques are charcoal on brown paper and sculpting in oil based clay. The Marquette’s are instrumental to developing thorough knowledge of the subject at hand.
Judith Leman’s work attracts collectors who are disciples of ‘age old’ traditions of ‘Horsemanship’ and ‘Sporting Art’ – which is a genre of art that encompasses country pursuits – predominantly in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
The popular sports of the time included fox hunting, game shooting, fishing and horse racing. Dog portraiture became extremely popular with the aristocrats of England, especially Queen Victoria.
Judith Leman’s sculpture story ‘Eleven’ presents a visual narrative of horses leaving Australia at the beginning of WW1, being transported to Egypt and suffering harsh conditions, charging into Battle.
The saddest ‘Last Goodbye’ emphasises a soldier’s grief at returning to Australia without his horse. ‘Eleven’ is Judith’s tribute to the unique bond between a soldier and his equine companion.
The Australia War Memorial hosted a display of five sculptures, ‘The Last Goodbye’ October – November 2016. A collection of five from ‘Eleven’ are in the Australia War Memorial collection.
The Shrine of Remembrance on loan exhibited ‘Empty Saddles at Gunfire’ 2 – 2016-2017.
Legendary influencers of Judith’s are artists Sir Alfred Munnings, Cecil Aldin, sculptors – Rembrandt Bugatti, Camille Claudel, Rodin, and Amanda Hyatt Huntington.
Judith is proud of keeping true to the traditional approach of depicting the horse and dog in a variety of mediums.
Judith’s work may be seen at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, and public sculpture of Australian jockey ‘Roy Higgins MBE’ at the Victoria Racing Club, Flemington.
For more of Judith Leman’s work, see her website here.
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Original Air Date: 25th March 2022