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NGCI Hosts International Artist

Leslie Shows' ShapeQuarry

In keeping with the National Gallery's mission that aims to "promote and encourage appreciation and practice of visual arts", the Gallery is hosting the American collage artist, Leslie Shows.

Based in San Francisco, California, Leslie makes large, intricate collage paintings that explore the relationship between human civilization and landscape. Drawing from geology and the natural sciences, as well as popular culture and the history of landscape painting, Shows makes densely layered works that play with both minute and vast scales of time and space.

Leslie has had solo shows with Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Her work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Oakland Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her work has been featured in Harper's Magazine, and written about in the New Yorker, ArtReview,, the L.A. Weekly and the S.F. Bay Guardian, among other forums.

"Part of the Gallery's mission is to provide local artists and students with exposure to artwork from other countries. As such, we are delighted to host Ms. Shows whose unique approach to her art will be of interest to many artists and art lovers on the island" said Natalie Coleman, Director Designate of the National Gallery.

The lecture will be held this Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 beginning at 6:00pm at the National Gallery in Harbour Place. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a thorough discussion with Shows on her vision, inspiration and interpretation of her work.

Artists and interested persons can register to attend this free lecture by calling the National Gallery at 945-8111 or e-mailing Mona on

Side bar:

Leslie Shows holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. A 2006 recipient of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Award, her work was featured at the SFMOMA in early 2007.

She is represented by the Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

She is also the author of the book Leslie Shows: Heap of Elements which she will have on hand for those interested in purchasing a copy.

The Headlands Center for the Arts website states "Shows' pigment, graphite and cut-out collages investigate alternative ways to view people's relationships to land. Rather than orienting ourselves on a horizon line or in a linear time-scale, Shows suggests we look to the mechanics of geology as it relates to political, social and personal systems".