A graduate of Trinity Western University and recently earning his MFA from Edinburgh College of Art, Leng has been exhibiting his work extensively in Canada, the UK and the US.
Along with a wide online presence, and being shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014, Leng's work has landed in several publications including a spread in the Little Paper Planes book, Ruby magazine , Vice, and Canadian Art magazine.
In this series of new mixed media paintings Leng continues to "explore his curiosities" as he explains in a recent interview with Richard Schemerer at PDX Art
I like it when things break or fall apart. I have an ongoing visual photo-log of broken vases, smashed objects, etc. The fragmented version of something is more interesting to me than the whole. Visually, I am drawn to geometric forms and I use these individual "fragments" in my work. My work involves disparate mediums at times (video, installation, painting) so that could tie into fragments as well. Anything from a hockey referee's uniform, to a piece of metal in a hardware store, or the view from an airplane are all little fragmented visual inspirations that I store up in my head or sketchbook which I can access and assemble later on.
Russell Leng, Architecture Drop Out, 14" x 11"
Russell Leng, Crystal Assembly Line, 14" x 11"
Russell Leng, Going to the Beach at Night, 14" x 11"
Russell Leng, Party Pocket, 14" x 11"
Russell Leng, Pep Talk, 14" x 11"
Russell Leng, Search and Rescue, 14" x 11"
Russell Leng, Spotlight, 14" x 11"
Russell Leng, Stepping Down, 14" x 11"