David Le Fleming’s often large, detailed oil paintings explore people and myth. He uses line work like hair to tell the subject’s story and reclaimed, sculptural metal surfaces to show time passing.
Weaving in defects and faded typography, he combines multiple painting techniques, visual humour and storytelling on old car bonnets, fridge doors, classic tractors and more. Using resonances with New Zealand’s art canon alongside modest, relatable subjects, his characters – from everyday people to modern animal gods – have timeless depth.
Le Fleming has roots in Manawatu, Taranaki and England’s Lake District. Recently returned to New Zealand after 14 years in London, he has exhibited worldwide and in solo shows with a Wellington dealer gallery in 2018 and 2019. His work is collected by Deutsche Bank, Concord Records and Museum Hotel Wellington.