• ALEESHA HARDIE

    A student of private art school LCI College in Collingwood, Melbourne and fourth generation female artist, Aleesha Hardie studied a Bachelor of Design Art majoring in Fine art and sub-majoring in Filmmaking and photography. LCI being the only Art school in Australia to offer this degree, Hardie was impressed by the amount of study diversity this school provided. Her units of study range amongst marketing, curating, exhibition organisation, visual communication and business planning. Prior to her University Education Hardie completed a year study at CAE Art School in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

    Here Hardie worked on numerous components of the Fine Art field, often spending her nine hour day dived in three hour sessions.

    Her main focus is in abstract and expressionism painting with a love for the old classics such as Jackson Pollock, Paul Klee and William deKooning.

    Hardie has studied in figurative life drawing, and now leads Life Drawing for LEDA Gallery. LEDA often invites Guest Artist/ teachers to lead the session once a month, this keeps the practice diverse and interesting.

    Hardie spent most of her time in front of a large canvas although she found herself intrigued with the practice of filmmaking, projection, sound art and photography. Her main inspirations in this area have been Robert Ashton, Richard Billingham and his 1996 'Ray's a laugh' series, Harmony Korine's early work and Pipilotti Rist's video Art.

    Hardie has worked and created sound projections that accompany her films and this has lead to her making this her early career.

    She has actively worked alongside Artist, creatives and designers from Melbourne and International.

    Hardie started out by working closely with now L.A based designer Alabama blonde who can be seen dressing and styling the likes of Kourtney Kardashian and Avril Lavigne in publications such as, Bazaar Vietnam and VOGUE Ukraine.

    This saw her shooting mostly editorial, video marketing campaigns and band content whilst selling her paintings privately.

    The decision to leave Melbourne was brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, forcing all of Melbourne, and the world around us to slow down or even shut down.

    Aleesha comes from a long history of female artists and the connection to the female Artist from each generation before her drives her work.

    Hardie works predominately behind the scene at LEDA Gallery in online communications, marketing, website content and show preparation.

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  • HOLLY WILSON

    Originally from Melbourne and relocated to the Hunter Valley at a young age. 

    Visual art and creative writing major Holly Wilson has a continual and evolving focus on her multi medium art practices. She connects with abstract expressionism and minimalism which she incorporates into her individual practice. 

    Wilson’s family worked remotely around Australia, giving her the opportunity to experience life out of the usual structures of childhood. These opportunities nurtured her natural desires for exploration, curiosity and creativity. 

    She anticipated any opportunity to visit her grandmother who was an antiques and art dealer based in Waterloo, Sydney. Here is where her deep love for art and culture first formed. 

    The first years of Wilson’s professional life were studying and working as a florist in the Valley. During this time she explored her passion for still life drawing and music as a singer songwriter. 

    Wilson made her decision to relocate to Newcastle to commence her study of creative industries. This enabled Holly to delve further into her interest of fine arts and creative writing, majoring in both subjects at the University of Newcastle.

    In the midst of her bachelor degree, Wilson worked as a teacher at the Newcastle Music Academy and continued to develop her music career. 

    Wilsons individual art practice delves into the exploration of the relationship between femininity and nature through mixed mediums and abstract expressionism, which she says “draws together my love of nature in its forms and appreciation for femininity. My expression gives a sense of nostalgia and comfort as a woman living in this day and age”. 

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