Leah Thiessen

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Leah Thiessen has abstract, highly layered images which are created in direct response to bush, beaches and mangroves that surround her home and studio on the edge of the Terranora Broadwater in Northern NSW. Exploring the living energy of nature, Thiessen’s work draws upon the biodiversity of the bush and mangroves that line the water’s edge and reflect the the raw energy and liveliness of a space and place.

Thiessen has been a finalist in the Muswellbrook Art Prize (2021), the John Leslie Prize (2020, 2018, 2016), the Glover Prize (2020), the Live in Art Prize (2020), the John Villiers Art Prize for Small Works (2020), the Clayton UTZ Art Award (2019), the Gosford Art Prize (2019), the Calleen Art Award (2019, 2016, 2015), the Pro Hart Outback Art Prize, and the Paddington Art Award among others.
She has exhibited nationwide since 2010. Her work is in the Arthur & Suzie Roe Collection.