Alexandra Leadbeater  Painter / Printmaker

I describe myself as a painter printmaker as both processes inform my work.

Whilst I often aim to make a “proper” editioned print with each one looking the same, my waywardness usually gets in the way and I end up with individual images with similar elements. I like this way of working which often leads me in new directions that I wouldn’t have discovered by purely painting or sticking to a rigid print format.

I have variously experimented with etching (and most recently solar plate etching), screenprint, monoprint, collagraph, Gelli plates and digital images. I also enjoy making hand made books.

My grandfather was a copperplate engraver and made beautiful hand drawn monograms and letter heads (even some invitations for Buckingham Palace) which has always made me feel slightly inadequate so I tend to focus on colour and texture more than drawn line.

Most of my work on paper includes both painting and printmaking techniques.

alex leadbeater with mangle

‘Wave’ Monoprint printed on my converted mangle

Printmaking Exhibitions

(2016              East Sussex Print Exchange, Rye East Sussex Print Exchange )

2015               ‘Ebb & Flow’ Selected online artists book exhibition

2015               Awagami International Mini Print (not selected for main exhibition)

2012               ‘Scan it’ Selected Digital Images, Gem Barton, Gallery 40, Brighton

2011               ‘Pushing Print’, Selected Print Submission, Margate

2011               ‘Quattordecim’ The Pie Factory, Margate

2009               ‘Pushing Print’, Selected Print Submission, Margate

2009               ‘Originals’ Selected Print Submission, Mall Galleries, London

2008               ‘The Sea and Me’ Total Image Nation, Gloucester Royal Hospital

2007               ‘Prints Tokyo’ Japan (donated to Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa)

2007               ‘Wrexham International Print’,  Selected Print Submission, Wrexham & touring

2005               ‘Snap to Grid’ LA Center for Digital Arts, Los Angeles, USA

2005               ‘South East Open Print Exhibition’, Selected Print Submission, Wyards, Faversham

1992               ‘Open Print’ Selected Print Submission, Bankside Gallery, London

leadbeater hurricane digital print

‘Hurricane’ Digital Print made at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida after hurricane Katrina

Printmaking Courses

I have been on several printmaking courses with some great tutors

Atelier de Seguret, France with Arthur Langlet  –

Residency at Laser Segall Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil with Claudio Mubarac

Photoshop and Digital Printing with Peter Goldfield at Duckspool in Somerset and Simon Poulter and Julie Penfold,  PVA MediaLab, Bridport

London Print Studio, Melvyn Petterson and Colin Gale

Book making workshop with Letitia Tunstall

Solar plate workshop with Dawn Cole

2002 – 2016 Short courses at Hastings College (now Sussex Coast College) Louise Burgess, Ian Brown, Jackie Attwood, Myles Calvert, Elaine Mullings

Screenprinting at Sussex Coast College, Hastings                                           (photo Adam Piggott for college brochure)