Approved: 30.08.2019

Lesley Bunch


Approved: 30.08.2019



    Artist Statement


    Shadow Language Series: Photographs

    For her Shadow Language Series Bunch borrows “casting objects” that are invested with their lenders’ emotions, memories, and sense of identity.  She interviews each lender about their attachment to their object, and then creates a shadow with it. Although the shadow’s composition is influenced by her interpretation of lenders’ stories, ultimately the shadow becomes a detached, autonomous entity, no longer anchored to, or a stand-in for, its casting object.

    Taken separately, each shadow becomes a manifestation of, or “remains” of, her exchange with the lender.  Placed together, and presented in the guise of logographs, these “remains” take on the form of language.

    Bunch’s Shadow Language is dependent on context, designed to absorb a multiplicity of meanings, coexisting in harmony.  “My intention is to reflect a plurality of experience, with an “effacement of the agent”. The focus here is not on something signified by language, but on the infinite meaning-generating potentiality of language through its focusing on itself and ever renewing itself”.

    Shadow Sculpture Series: Photographs and Paintings

    In photographs of this series, Bunch’s shadows take on the form of sculpted objects, and are placed in spaces wherever she travels; locations as diverse as street scenes, archaeological ruins, ossuaries, and tourist attractions. She often presents them as a simple still-life.

    Bunch refers to her still-life photos when she starts a painting.  She builds her paint in many fine, flat, transparent layers, “sculpting” with colour. She is interested in the moment where the painting takes on a life of its own and seems to guide her hand; when the colour-sculpted presence takes on an expression of “suchness”, and becomes an intricately detailed, solid form.

    Ultimately Bunch’s photographs and paintings are a visual language resisting verbal interpretation, untied to literal meaning, an “absented presence”. They sit silently in the globalised, unanchored, over-information that we increasingly drift in.


    Lesley Bunch is a painter and photographer who lives and works in London. Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, Asia, South America, and the US.

    Bunch studied Fine Art & Art History at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. This was followed by an MA in Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she focused on Japanese art of the Edo Period. In 2014 she completed a year’s AA2A residency at Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

    Recent solo exhibitions featuring her “Shadow” series include “Absence : Presence” in the Arte Borgo Gallery in Rome, “Shadow Language” at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Seoul,  and "Cut Two Pieces in Three" at One Paved Court Gallery London.  

    Notable group shows featuring her "Shadow Language" series include “Ten Artists to Watch” at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the travelling “Visual Representations of Multilingualism” exhibition organised by the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) in partnership with CuratorSpace, Multilingual Matters, and the AILA Research Network for Creative Inquiry and Applied Linguistics.  

    Bunch was awarded the Contemporary British Painting Prize in 2022.

    CV & Education



    92-93     MA Archaeology

                  School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

                  Japanese Art of the Edo Period, Survey of Chinese Art, Japanese Language

                  Dissertation: Mitate in the Popular Arts of the Edo Period

    89-92     BA (Hons) Fine Art and Art History

                  Goldsmiths’ College, University of London


    19          “Absence : Presence” Arte Borgo Gallery Rome

    20          “Shadow Language” CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea

    22          "Cut Two Pieces in Three" One Paved Court Gallery London


    11          “Untitled 2009-2010” published in “INPA 1”, Manifest’s Painting Annual, Ohio U.S.A. 

    19          “Artist Statement #4” CICA Press 

    20          “CICA Art Now 2020” CICA Press


    14           Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London



    “Contemporary British Painting Prize 2022" shortlisted artists

    "Paradoxa" Museo Crocetti Rome

    "Plenitude" Museo Diocesano San Matteo, Salerno

    "Elevate 04", The Shard London, Kroll and ArtCan

    "Smart Objects / Flattened Images" Well Well Projects, Portand OR USA

    “Circle 2022” CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea

    "Multitude”  Fondazione Luciana Matalon, Milan, Italy


    “Windows into the Virtual Exhibition” Loosenart. Millepiani Rome, Italy

    “Trame” Palace of Vatican Chancellery, Rome, Italy

    “Infinity Art” Ateneo de Madrid, Spain

    “Concept 2021”, CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea 

    “Meetings” Lood 6, Amsterdam Netherlands

    “Parallel Vision” Arte Borgo Gallery Rome, Italy  


    “Sguardi Contemporanei”, Spazio San Vidal, Venice, Italy

    “Mass”, CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea

    “Genesis”, Museo Bellini Florence, Italy

    “Chromatic Harmonies”, Museo Crocetti, Rome Italy

    “Human Perceptions”, CoGalleries Berlin

     “WEFO Roma 2020” Online exhibition, Casa Della Fotografia di Roma


    “A Timeless Mood” Micro Arti Visive, Rome

    “Nothing But Art” Pallazzo Velli ExpoRome

    “Ten Artists to Watch” Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, CA, USA

                Curated by: Meghan Doherty, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA

                Leigh Gleason, Curator of Collections, California Museum of Photography                            

    Artist Statement 4” CICA Museum, South Korea

    “Top 40” Juried Competition, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, CA, USA

                Curated by: Bryan Barcena, Museum of Contemporary Art

                Nicolas Barlow, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    “Contemporary in Dialogue”, Casa dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy

    Annual Meeting Exhibition”, British Association for Applied Linguistics, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Offline” Biblioteca Angelica, Rome


    “Midwest Center for Photography Juried Exhibition” Kansas, USA

    “The Soul, The Colour, the Matter”, Museo Crocetti, Rome

    “Art Workers”, Biblioteca Angelica, Rome Art Week, Rome

    “Contemporary Developments” Arte Borgo Gallery, Rome


    “Shadows, Darkness and Light” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon US                                               “2017 Hot New Pics Show”, Midwest Center for Photography, Kansas, USA


    “Contemporary Photography Exhibition” CICA Museum, South Korea                      


    “Stand and See” Wimbledon Space Gallery, Wimbledon College of Arts 

    “Painting Now”, Bryant & Keeling Prize Exhibition. 


    “Ludlow Open”, Ludlow 


    Ludlow Summer Exhibition”  Ludlow

    Curiouser and Curiouser” Old Vic Tunnels, a Submit2Gravity & Old Vic co-production           


    Transition”, curated by Submit2Gravity, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London

    50th International Award Exhibition”, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, C.A.

    ArtWorks Open 2009” Barbican Arts Group Trust, Blackhorse Lane Studios, London


    Electric Blue”, curated by Submit2Gravity, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London