Elaine Leader


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.


Elaine Leader was born in Dublin in 1970. She completed an MFA in Sculpture NCAD in 2012. She currently teaches part time at TU Dublin and NCAD, as well as being on teaching panels at The Hugh Lane, The National Gallery, The Design & Crafts Council, DCC and BCPS. Selected Exhibitions include ‘This is not Architecture’, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2017), ‘Frameworks’, Linenhall Arts Centre’ (2017), ‘Partition’, Platform Arts, Belfast (2016), ‘Suki Art Prize’, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast & Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2016) ‘Primal Architecture / Roadkill’, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2015), ‘All that remains to be seen’ Catalyst Arts Gallery (2014), ‘Underline’ Occupy Space, Limerick, ‘Penumbra’, Tactic, Cork (2014), Eigse, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art (2013. Awards include Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary 2017, 2015, 2014, RHA Studio Award 2013, Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary 2012, 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.