David Leapman was born in London in 1959. He studied at St. Martins School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. He won first prize in the John Moores 19 exhibition in 1995 and was a prizewinner again in John Moores 20, in 1997. Leapman was awarded the Abbey Award Fellowship in Painting at the British School in Rome in 2003.
In 'Slowburn Escort' Leapman uses fluorescent bars of colour to create a background for marks made with interference paints. The viewer's eye is forced to adjust to the bright colours in order to study the painting's intricate patterns. The artist describes his technique in the following way: 'Paint is applied to the canvas with a roller, building up a uniformly textured, hard-edged, impersonal ground. Delicate, idiosyncratic and intimate linear marks are then painted onto this surface. In essence, the ground and the linear marks on top are poles apart, when they come together they form an extraordinary relationship.'
- Artwork Details: 171 x 215cm
- Material description: day glo and interference acrylic on canvas
- Credit line: © the artist. Gift of Charles Saatchi
- Medium: Painting
- Accession number: ACC204/1998