Broken Hill Enamel Mug and Coogee ChinaBronte Leighton-DoreBroken Hill Enamel Mug and Coogee China
Broken Hill Enamel Mug and Coogee China2020
oil on board
37 x 30 cm
SOLD 
Light Woven Through Clay, Stephens Creek Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Light Woven Through Clay, Stephens Creek
Light Woven Through Clay, Stephens Creek 2020
Light Woven Through Clay, Stephens CreekBronte Leighton-DoreLight Woven Through Clay, Stephens Creek
Light Woven Through Clay, Stephens Creek2020
oil on board
110 x 170 cm
SOLD 
Silent Incarnation, Silverton 1 Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Silent Incarnation, Silverton 1
Silent Incarnation, Silverton 1 2020
Silent Incarnation, Silverton 1Bronte Leighton-DoreSilent Incarnation, Silverton 1
Silent Incarnation, Silverton 12020
oil on board
84 x 120 cm
SOLD 
Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 1 Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 1
Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 1 2020
Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 1Bronte Leighton-DoreIntegrating Memories, Broken Hill 1
Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 12020
oil on canvas
102 x 84 cm
SOLD 
A Deep Resilience, Stephens Creek Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - A Deep Resilience, Stephens Creek
A Deep Resilience, Stephens Creek 2020
A Deep Resilience, Stephens CreekBronte Leighton-DoreA Deep Resilience, Stephens Creek
A Deep Resilience, Stephens Creek2020
oil on board
110 x 170 cm
SOLD 
Silent Incarnation, Silverton 2 Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Silent Incarnation, Silverton 2
Silent Incarnation, Silverton 2 2020
Silent Incarnation, Silverton 2Bronte Leighton-DoreSilent Incarnation, Silverton 2
Silent Incarnation, Silverton 22020
oil on board
84 x 120 cm
SOLD 
A Mountain With A View, the Living Desert and Sculpture Park Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - A Mountain With A View, the Living Desert and Sculpture Park
A Mountain With A View, the Living Desert and Sculpture Park 2020
A Mountain With A View, the Living Desert and Sculpture ParkBronte Leighton-DoreA Mountain With A View, the Living Desert and Sculpture Park
A Mountain With A View, the Living Desert and Sculpture Park2020
oil on board
84 x 120 cm
SOLD 
The Rain Keeps Falling, Stephens Creek Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - The Rain Keeps Falling, Stephens Creek
The Rain Keeps Falling, Stephens Creek 2020
The Rain Keeps Falling, Stephens CreekBronte Leighton-DoreThe Rain Keeps Falling, Stephens Creek
The Rain Keeps Falling, Stephens Creek2020
oil on board
110 x 170 cm
SOLD 
Green Grass And Waterholes, Mutawintji National Park Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Green Grass And Waterholes, Mutawintji National Park
Green Grass And Waterholes, Mutawintji National Park 2020
Green Grass And Waterholes, Mutawintji National ParkBronte Leighton-DoreGreen Grass And Waterholes, Mutawintji National Park
Green Grass And Waterholes, Mutawintji National Park2020
oil on board
110 x 170 cm
SOLD 
Kangaroo Paw And A View Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Kangaroo Paw And A View
Kangaroo Paw And A View 2020
Kangaroo Paw And A ViewBronte Leighton-DoreKangaroo Paw And A View
Kangaroo Paw And A View2020
oil on board
37 x 30 cm
SOLD 
Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 2 Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 2
Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 2 2020
Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 2Bronte Leighton-DoreIntegrating Memories, Broken Hill 2
Integrating Memories, Broken Hill 22020
oil on canvas
122 x 91 cm
SOLD 
Broken Hill Enamel Mug and Coogee China Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Broken Hill Enamel Mug and Coogee China
Broken Hill Enamel Mug and Coogee China 2020
Broken Hill Enamel Mug and Coogee ChinaBronte Leighton-DoreBroken Hill Enamel Mug and Coogee China
Broken Hill Enamel Mug and Coogee China2020
oil on board
37 x 30 cm
SOLD 
Resisting Form, Stephens Creek Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Resisting Form, Stephens Creek
Resisting Form, Stephens Creek 2020
Resisting Form, Stephens CreekBronte Leighton-DoreResisting Form, Stephens Creek
Resisting Form, Stephens Creek2020
oil on board
110 x 170 cm
SOLD 
Ammobium Daisy And Blue Vase Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Ammobium Daisy And Blue Vase
Ammobium Daisy And Blue Vase 2020
Ammobium Daisy And Blue VaseBronte Leighton-DoreAmmobium Daisy And Blue Vase
Ammobium Daisy And Blue Vase2020
oil on board
37 x 30 cm
SOLD 
Mutawintji View From Studio Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Mutawintji View From Studio
Mutawintji View From Studio 2020
Mutawintji View From StudioBronte Leighton-DoreMutawintji View From Studio
Mutawintji View From Studio2020
oil on board
37 x 30 cm
SOLD 
Honey Grevillea And Gallery Postcard Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - Honey Grevillea And Gallery Postcard
Honey Grevillea And Gallery Postcard 2020
Honey Grevillea And Gallery PostcardBronte Leighton-DoreHoney Grevillea And Gallery Postcard
Honey Grevillea And Gallery Postcard2020
oil on board
37 x 30 cm
SOLD 
The Light Sweeps In And Takes Hold, Stephens Creek Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - The Light Sweeps In And Takes Hold, Stephens Creek
The Light Sweeps In And Takes Hold, Stephens Creek 2020
The Light Sweeps In And Takes Hold, Stephens CreekBronte Leighton-DoreThe Light Sweeps In And Takes Hold, Stephens Creek
The Light Sweeps In And Takes Hold, Stephens Creek2020
oil on board
110 x 170 cm
SOLD 
River Red Gum And Fading Light On The Ridge, Mutawintji National Park Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - River Red Gum And Fading Light On The Ridge, Mutawintji National Park
River Red Gum And Fading Light On The Ridge, Mutawintji National Park 2020
River Red Gum And Fading Light On The Ridge, Mutawintji National ParkBronte Leighton-DoreRiver Red Gum And Fading Light On The Ridge, Mutawintji National Park
River Red Gum And Fading Light On The Ridge, Mutawintji National Park2020
gouache on arches paper
59 x 84 cm
SOLD 
'Made Of Dust' Installation View Bronte Leighton-Dore - 'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View 2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View Bronte Leighton-Dore - 'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View 2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View Bronte Leighton-Dore Bronte Leighton-Dore - 'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View 2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation ViewBronte Leighton-Dore'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View Bronte Leighton-Dore - 'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View 2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View Bronte Leighton-Dore - 'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View 2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View Bronte Leighton-Dore - 'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View 2020
'Made Of Dust' Installation View'Made Of Dust' Installation View
'Made Of Dust' Installation View2020

Made of Dust

Stir crazy from the coronavirus lockdowns and with a show to paint, fellow artists Ondine Seabrook and Holly Greenwood and I made the thirteen hour car trip from Sydney to Broken Hill. The car was filled to the brim, stocked up with paper, paints and camping gear. There’s something really special about hitting the road, the feeling of exhilaration and freedom. You enter this bizarre inbetween space where flashing scenery and whole towns become transitory. Places to passby instead of destinations in themselves. You look out and are grabbed by images and colours, your pulse stirred by whatever song is playing on the stereo. There are moments where oceans of blue foliage hold themselves in yellow soils and you see the dust turn from gold to red, trusses of sticks leaching into the sky.

Made of Dust is my meditation on the sensations of being in the landscape once we arrived. Camping in creek beds and waking up before dawn to capture the changing light. The colours leached into my eyes, and my hands attempted to spurt out it’s composition. Watching a painting disappear as rain fell from swelling clouds in a place that was supposed to be desert. Forgetting myself on the side of a mountain, all frozen fingers, colours and wind.

Like the road and the transitory towns, the paintings use empty space to allow the flow of the gestural brush marks to breath. A gentle play of oppositions. Monet stated that “Emptiness matters as much as fullness, and reflections have the weight of things.” I hope these paintings communicate a gentle reflection of my time spent on the Wilyakali lands of the Darling Basin and that the still life’s communicate the strange resonance of separation once home.

Bronte Leighton-Dore 2020

Bronte Leighton-Dore 'Made of Dust'

Whether surrounded by nature or in a sundrenched corner of her Darlinghurst studio, Bronte Leighton-Dore is inspired by the joy that comes from being wholly in the ‘now’. Informed by an abiding interest in psychology, spirituality and Buddhist theory, her painting practice captures a profound desire to be in the moment and appreciative of her surroundings.

Leighton-Dore works quickly. Across both her landscapes and still lifes there is a sense of urgency, a need to capture the transitory beauty before light fades and flowers wilt. Her landscapes begin as plein air studies which are then recreated in the studio by painting on the floor rather than an easel. Working from above gives a sense of what extends beyond the canvas – the land and movement beyond the frame. The same sense of time and place is achieved in her still lifes by ensuring her studio arrangements are temporal and constantly shifting. Filled edge to edge with colour and texture, these works hero quirky combinations of everyday objects, elevating the mundane to something equally as picturesque and uplifting as the Australian bush.

This duality in her practice, the focus on both interior and exterior spaces, speaks to the dualities across all areas of life – natural worlds and manmade, stillness and movement, flux and repose – the human need to find balance in a constantly changing world, and the shared experience between herself and her audience.

Bronte Leighton-Dore graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from the National Art School in Sydney in 2018. Highly Commended in the 2019 Paddington Art Prize, she was a finalist in the Wynne Art Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales the same year. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions since 2017, including the National Art School’s showing at Sydney Contemporary in 2019.

October 15, 2021

BRONTE LEIGHTON-DORE FINALIST IN THE PADDINGTON ART PRIZE

We're thrilled to announce Bronte Leighton-Dore is a finalist in the Paddington Art Prize and has won the UNSW Art and Design Print Prize. The prize will offer Bronte the opportunity to create a limited edition print with Master Printer, Michael Kempson.

The Paddington Art Prize is a $30,000 National acquisitive prize, awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Established in 2004 by Arts Patron, Marlene Antico OAM, this National prize takes its place among the country’s most lucrative and highly coveted painting prizes.

Image: 'By The Murray River, Corowa' oil on board 110 x 170cm

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April 13, 2021

BRONTE LEIGHTON-DORE AT WANGARATTA ART GALLERY

Bronte Leighton-Dore's work is part of Wangaratta Art Gallery's exhibition 'Contemporary Landscape Perspectives: A Group Show' from 13 March – 30 May 2021.

This dynamic exhibition of five contemporary landscape Australian painters, Max Berry, Holly Greenwood, Dan Kyle, Bronte Leighton-Dore and Andrew Pye explores individual perspectives of elements of the Australian bush, the terrain, landscape and key symbolism of trees and flora in their immediate environment.

All five artists are emerging as contemporary painters in the Australian art scene. Berry, Greenwood, Kyle and Leighton-Dore are New South Wales based (Sydney and Blue Mountains), the four have partnered with local artist Andy Pye, the group have connections both through friendship but also their oeuvre, their painting practice and style. Each artists surrounding environments are re-interpreted in large scale paintings and works on paper.

This collection of artists and their work presents a diversity of expression and contemporary representation of the Australian Bush.

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October 17, 2019

BRONTE LEIGHTON-DORE HIGHLY COMMENDED IN THE PADDINGTON ART PRIZE

Bronte Leighton-Dore has been awarded Highly Commended in the 2019 Paddington Art Prize.

The Prize is a $30,000 National acquisitive prize, awarded annually for a painting inspired by the Australian landscape. Established in 2004 by Arts Patron, Marlene Antico OAM, this National prize takes its place among the country’s most lucrative and highly coveted painting prizes.

The prize encourages the interpretation of the landscape as a significant contemporary genre, its long tradition in Australian painting as a key contributor to our national ethos, and is a positive initiative in private patronage of the arts in Australia.

Image: 'The Shadows Run Both Ways, Berambing NSW, 2019, oil on board, 124.5 x 172.5 cm.

May 20, 2019

BRONTE LEIGHTON-DORE FINALIST IN THE 2019 WYNNE PRIZE 2019

Bronte Leighton-Dore is a finalist in the 2019 Wynne Prize. The Prize is awarded annually for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’.

This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Many winning paintings have become icons in Australian landscape art, entering the collections of public galleries, including the AGNSW.

Bronte says of her entry, "...My painting is an attempt to give sense to the engulfing yet expansive nature of the landscape, as the eucalyptus trunks, the fallen leaves and the tufts of native grass become jewels of colour when suffused with light."

Image: Installation view "Blue to eye's touch, Merlin's Lookout" 2019, oil on board, 124.5 x 172.5 cm. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

January 22, 2018

BRONTE LEIGHTON-DORE IN 'STEPPING INTO TOMORROW'

Stepping into Tomorrow, an art collective headed by Sep Pourbozorgi and Thomas John Whelan, presents Sweetness of the New, a group exhibition that approaches classic Australian imagery with a refreshing, optimistic, contemporary bent. The collective prides itself on finding the pleasure and value in contemplation, believing there is “no better way to celebrate our past than by stepping into tomorrow”. The collective "sees art as a medium that extends over generations, location and circumstance; uniting a multi-faceted national identity and aesthetic". The opening night of Sweetness of the New is on Thursday 25th of January from 6-9pm, and is open until the 28th of January, from 11am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am-3pm on Sunday, at Yellow House Sydney, 57-59 Macleay Street, Potts Point, NSW.

Read the Vogue Living Article Here

BRONTE LEIGHTON-DORE IN THE PADDINGTON ART PRIZE 2019

23 November 2021 – 15 December 2021
THE ART OF CHRISTMAS | ONLINE ONLY

19 November 2020 – 8 December 2020
Bronte Leighton-Dore ‘Made of Dust’

20 February 2020 – 14 March 2020
My Imagination - The Next Generation