Meet an Artist!


It’s no secret that we are a place known for its unique art (and photography, sculpture, etc.) on display. Often it’s described as “fun”, “funky”, “eclectic” or just “weird”. While we love to engage our customers in conversations about our art displays, sometimes we don’t give enough exposure to the artists behind the work.

Therefore, this week’s blog is about one of our newest artists to use Subeez as her gallery: Leah Brimblecombe.

I had the opportunity to meet Leah during her first visit to Subeez, and along with the other team members, was really impressed by her art AND her personality. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know more about her, since Leah’s art continues to receive more and more attention from our customers (which have already led to a number of sales)! I wanted to take this one step further and asked Leah to share some personal experiences and anecdotes about herself and art career to date. The results of that conversation were intriguing, to say the least. And, I have to admit, perhaps even inspiring.

1. When did you start producing art? Did someone or something inspire you to get started?

I’ve loved making art since I was a child. It was my favourite subject in school. I dropped out of my last year of high school as I got accepted into art school. My father supported my passion for art and I guess he inspired me to take it seriously. I took all his photography slides from his photos through the 80′s when we lived in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and I knew I should follow my passion like him.

2. Who are your current inspirations?

My inspirations are a couple of film artists: Chris Cunningham and Floria Sigismondi. I love how they blur reality with the surreal. I have a thing for beautiful creepiness and I liken my work to theirs. The paintings I have been producing this last year owe a little to an inspiring friend whose rorschach style vinyl cuts triggered a different way of seeing art for me.

3. What are the materials you use?

I work mostly with acrylic house paints and permanent markers on canvas.

4. What’s the best or weirdest feedback you’ve had on your art? The worst feedback?

A friend once told me I must be present in and recording his dreams. I liked that. I took my paintings to a dealer gallery once in hopes they might be interested in them and the lady told me they looked like doodles and she doesn’t take ‘low brow’ artworks. I laughed a little as I bought an expensive painting from her which was described as ‘low brow’.

5. How do you want people to feel when looking at your art?

I have a childlike imagination process when creating my work much like seeing shapes in clouds. I want people to find their own things in the images I create. I want people to feed their own imaginations when looking at my work. I want them to feel nostalgic.

6. Where do you see your art taking you in life? What are your ambitions?

Art has always been a lovely hobby for me. I want to one day own my own shop of clothes and bric a brac that supports and hangs local artworks.

7. What advice do you have for other young artists? Or, what’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

You never know just how to look through other peoples eyes. What you may be critical of in your art may be amazing to someone else.

You can learn more about Leah and see her artwork at subbacultart.tumblr.com

If you, or someone you know, is trying to get more exposure for their art, photography or even sculpture, stop by Subeez and introduce yourself. We just might have room for you, too.

-Barry