Elaine Leader

Artist Statement


Elaine Leader draws upon a number of sources in the construction of her prints including field guides, mapping, botanical and architectural illustration to investigate how the self orientates and navigates a world in constant flux. Her work addresses themes of care, nurture and dependency. Leader utilises a wide variety of printmaking techniques in the construction of her images, layering multiple plates with spit bite, hardground, aquatint and roll ups. Her process involves lengthy proofing to arrive at a subtle balanced tonal range.




Born in Dublin, Elaine Leader graduated from the College of Marketing and Design in 1995 and became a member of the Black Church Print Studio in the same year. Selected Exhibitions include ‘Milestones', OPW (2007); ‘Insideout', Graphic Studio Dublin 2006; RHA Annual Exhibitions, ‘Garden of Earthly Delights', Chester Beatty Library (2005); ‘Hand Pulled Prints', San Antonio (2004); ‘Contemporary Irish Prints', The Gallery of Graphic Art, New York (2004); Grafiska Sallskaet, Stockholm (2002); ‘Ireland France', Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris (2001); Awards include Arts Council Travel Awards (2000 & 1996); RHA Annual Print Award (1998); Arts Council Arts Flights (2001, 1997, 1994); Arts Council Studio Award (1996); Arts Council Materials Grant (1996) as well as Office of Public Works Per Cent for Art Scheme (2001), Commission for the National Library, Dublin. Public and Corporate Collections include National Library of Ireland, RHA Collection, AIB, Office of Public Works, Dublin Institute of Technology, Intel, KPMG, Dublin Castle, Office of the Ombudsman, Jury's Hotel Group and the Irish Medical Organisation.