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Leo is an artist with a keen interest in the human figure. He works across disciplines in fine art, moving image and – more recently – performance, with platforms as diverse as national museums, galleries, cinemas, a drag bar, local libraries, social media and virtual reality.
At the heart of his practice is traditional, observed life drawing and painting, which he continues to develop under the guidance of Maggi Hambling CBE. At the same time, he collaborates with organisations like the Hepworth Wakefield, Forward Arts Foundation, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the London Library to produce animations.
Since 2016, he has managed his practice through Figuration, the creative studio he co-founded with Roy Joseph Butler. As a social enterprise, Figuration brings people together to encourage creativity through life drawing, animation, performance and other expressive and social events.
Leo holds an MA (Hons) in Classics from Oxford University and an MA (Distinction) in 3D Computer Animation from Bournemouth University. In 2015, he was awarded an Open Residency at The Animation Workshop, Denmark, followed by a place on the AniDox: Labs development programme.
Before all this, Leo enjoyed a long career in the cultural sector leading fundraising campaigns for the V&A, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Royal Institute of British Architects, among others.
Leo regularly co-hosts and tutors creative events through his company Figuration. These include life drawing and animation workshops for adults and families at a range of community and cultural venues.
Leo also delivers an annual masterclass on the History of British Animation at the University of Sussex film summer school.