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Leanne Halls


Wet-on-wet, or alla prima (Italian, meaning at first attempt), is a painting technique, used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint. This technique requires a fast way of working, because the work has to be finished before the first layers have dried.

Leanne trained at the Julian Ashton School, Sydney and also studied traditional Japanese techniques, disciplines which have strengthened her awareness and response to both light in the landscape and also to the importance reduction of composition bringing a focus to a work, highlighting a tree or a array of flowers or fruit.

Leanne has gained strong recognition through her works in landscape as well as still life works, being listed as Finalist in numerous awards including The Glover, Lloyd Rees Art Prize, and Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize.


studies and travel

2011                Diploma in Fine Arts, Julian Ashton School of Art, Sydney

Stavros Papantoniou: watercolour and oils

Ben Smith: portraiture

Sam Wade: figurative drawing

Chris Browne: figurative drawing

Frank Giacco: portrait drawing

2005-2008       Traditional Japanese painting, Suiboko (Sumie) and Nihonga, Kitagawa Ryufu

Colley Wilson, impressionist oil painting workshop

Daniel Hutchings, oil glazing technique workshop

solo exhibitions

2018                Alla Prima, Colville Gallery, Tasmania

2017                Windows into my World, Colville Gallery, Tasmania

2016                Paintings from 3 Steps Back, Colville Gallery, Tasmania

2015                New Works, Colville Gallery, Tasmania

2013                Leanne Halls, Meadow Bank Estate, Tasmania

selected group exhibitions

2012                Picasso, Margaret Olley and CAST exhibition Art Society of Tasmania

Clarence Open Art Exhibition Hobart, Section Winner

2011                End of Year Exhibition Julian Ashton School of Art, Sydney

2011                Spring Exhibition Mosman Art Society, Sydney

2011                Changeable Art Space North Sydney

2010 – 2011     9” x 5“Autumn Mosman Art Society, Sydney

2010                Randwick City Council International Women’s day exhibition, Sydney

2010                End of year exhibition, North Sydney Art College

2009-2010       Maroubra Village Green Art Group Exhibition Sydney

2009                End of Year Exhibition Waverly Woollahra Art School, Sydney


awards and prizes

2015                Lloyd Rees Art Prize, People Choice

2012                Material Girl Art Prize Finalist

Bream Creek Show, Art, Best in Show Watercolour and oils, Winner

Clarence Open Art Exhibition Section Winner

2011                David Wilson Drawing Prize Winner

2011                Australian Artist Magazine Competition Flowers and Gardens, Finalist

2009                Australian Artist Magazine Competition Flowers and Gardens, Finalist

2009                Waverly Art Prize Finalist



Japan, USA and Australia, Brisbane



July 2012         C. Selby On Face Value The Mercury p.22

Nov 2010         The illusive goal of painting perfection, Australian Artist magazine

Find this artist’s work
Garden Path, a painting by Zsuzsa Kollo, 2010
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Colville Gallery


91a Salamanca Place, Battery Point

Specialising in modern and contemporary Tasmanian and Australian artists.

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