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Lesley Redgate

Visual arts
Willunga SA


Acrylic on Canvas, watercolour and gouache. Paintings of the landscape, still life and portraits. 

I draw inspiration from the changing rural and urban landscape. My paintings reflect a vibrancy and visual harmony often found in the harsh Australian environment. Preoccupied with describing structure, geometry and form within the landscape, my work captures the unusual from ordinary scenes recording the history of the area I live.

Admiring the work of the Post Impressionists and Australian Modernists, my palette consists mainly of primary and secondary colours, using imultaneous contrast to create subtleties of light as it falls on the form of objects such as hills, rocks, trees and animals. My subjects consist of scenes from the coastal areas of Port Willunga to the Willunga Hills. The vineyards and wheatfields provide a contrast to the quarries, expressways and fallen sheds.


Born in London in 1955, I moved to South Australia in 1967. I attended the SA School of Art Stanley Street 1972 -1976 after which I began a career as artist and educator.

Over the years I have exhibited widely in SA & VIC and recently in WA and NSW.

My work has hung in the S.H.Ervin Gallery Sydney 2010; the Adelaide Festival Theatre 2011 & 1996, Mt Gambier Institute Space, Port Pirie Regional Gallery, Kensington Gallery, Contemporary Arts Society, The New Land Gallery, Heysen Academy Hahndorf, Wilson’s Gallery Robe, Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, SA Museum, Dridan Fine Arts Gallery, Red Dot Gallery, Red Poles, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide Airport, Greenhill Gallery, Art Images Norwood, City of Onkaparinga Council, SA; Stafford Studios & Yallingup Galleries WA; Geelong, Bendigo, Warnambool & Hamilton Galleries VIC.

Currently I continue to combine my practice as Visual Artist and Lecturer of Graphic Design at TAFE SA.


My work has been purchased for the Victorian National Gallery as recipient of the Michelle Endowment Award.

Winner of the Thomas Laird Memorial Traveling Art Study Award 1994 & 1997. Finalist of the Portia Geach Memorial Award, 2010 Finalist twice in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize & Heysen Art Prize Five times finalist in the Fleurieu Art Prize.