Lesley Halliwell is perhaps best known for her enormous, industrious Spirograph drawings made using a simple plastic toy from her own childhood. She is interested in repetition, pattern, popular culture, process art and the enduring tension that lies between chaos and control.
The Alice-in-Wonderland scale transforms the Spirograph motif from something familiar into works with a very contemporary sensibility. Like sophisticated graffiti the Mandala-like tonal drawings impose themselves on the viewer and in the space while their playfulness belies the obsessive and focused application needed for their execution.
Lesley Halliwell studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University (BA Hons 1989) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MA Fine Art 2001). She also has an MA in Art History from Goldsmiths, London (1995.
Recent projects include solo shows at Chester Museum & Art Gallery (2010), Hive Gallery, Barnsley; Chapman Gallery, Salford and Touchstones, Rochdale (all 2008); Otter Gallery, Chichester (2007) and BLOC Space, Sheffield (2006). She has contributed to numerous group exhibitions including At Play, South Hill Park, Berkshire (2010), Pattern Recognition, The City Gallery, Leicester and Superabundant, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2009); Wall to Wall, Gooden Gallery, London (2006) and Remote Control, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham (2004). She was a finalist in Pizza Express Prospects, London (2004), New Contemporaries (2002) and was nominated for Beck’s Futures in 2003.