My fascination with paper coffee cups began when I found myself drawing on them during meetings five years ago. I soon realized how suitable the surfaces of these cups were for a variety of painting and drawing materials. In addition, the idea of recycling an inexhaustible supply appealed to me, as did the fact that I could work in a full-circle format, allowing me to create continuous compositions with essentially no beginning and no end. At that point, I began to save all of my coffee cups to use as "canvases" for making art.

The subject matter of these cups is often inspired by specific locations, particularly patterns of light, shadow and ever-changing weather. They can also be spontaneous, intricate iterations of designs, motifs and organic forms. Though each cup is a finished artwork in itself, I assemble them into arrangements, either suspended in strands, aligned on surfaces in series, or displayed in unity with a painting. Regardless of the presentation, I am able to continually rearrange the individual elements to reveal new relationships. Like kaleidoscopes, the compositional possibilities are limitless, in a sense, depicting self-contained worlds where nothing ever stays the same for long.
 

 

Suspended
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Polychrome Cup Cascade
2015
Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
48" x 48"
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Polychrome Cup Cascade
2015
Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
48" x 48"
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Summer Cup Cascade: Fractured Family
2015
Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
48"w x 40"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Summer Cup Cascade: Fractured Family
2015
Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
48"w x 40"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil, India ink or water color and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Blue and White Meander, Rising
2015
Oil on canvas and oil, India ink or water color and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
48'w x 24"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil, India ink or water color and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Blue and White Meander, Rising
2015
Oil on canvas and oil, India ink or water color and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
48'w x 24"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil or water color and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Summer Cup Cascade: Scattered Beach Scene
2015
Oil on canvas and oil or water color and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
40"w x 30"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil or water color and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Summer Cup Cascade: Scattered Beach Scene, detail
2015
Oil on canvas and oil or water color and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
40"w x 30"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Red Ochre Cup Cascade
2015
Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
34"w x 30"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Red Ochre Cup Cascade, detail
2015
Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
34"w x 30"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Frozen Meander and Ice Cups
2015
Oil on canvas and oil on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
48" x 48"
Gwyneth Leech Suspended
Studio view, cup and painting installations in progress
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil on canvas mounted on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Meadowlands Meander
2015
Oil on canvas and oil on canvas mounted on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
36" x 36"
Gwyneth Leech Suspended 2015
Meadowlands Meander, detail
Oil on canvas and oil on canvas mounted on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
2015
36" x 36"
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Dark Cup Cascade
2015
Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
24"w x 48"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Dark Cup Cascade
2015
Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
24"w x 48"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Dark Cup Cascade, detail
2015
Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
24"w x 48"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
Dark Cup Cascade, detail
2015
Oil on canvas and oil or India ink and encaustic on upcycled coffee cups suspended on monofilament
24"w x 48"h
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Mixed mdia on upcycled paper coffee cups
365 A Year in Cups - Detail
2013
Mixed mdia on upcycled paper coffee cups
Dimensions Variable
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups
365: A Year in Cups
2014
Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups
8 feet wide x 8 feet deep by 10 feet high
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups
365: A Year in Cups
2014
Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups
Site specific installation

Exhibited in "Food for Thought" group exhibition at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups
365: A Year in Cups
2014
Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups
Site specific installation

Exhibited in "Food for Thought" group exhibition at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Mxed Media on upcycled paper coffee cups
Cup Cascade
2013
Mxed Media on upcycled paper coffee cups
4 feet wide by 4 feet deep x 16 feet high

A free hanging installation for "Diptychs, Triptychs and Multiples" group exhibition at City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, New Jersey.
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups
365: A Year in Cups - Detail
2014
Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups
Detail of 8 feet wide x 8 feet deep by 10 feet high
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil paint on primed paper coffee cups
Experiment in Color and Form
2013
Oil paint on primed paper coffee cups
Variable
Gwyneth Leech Suspended Oil paint on primed coffee cups
Experiment in Color and Form
2013
Oil paint on primed coffee cups
Size variable

An installation of 75 painted and reconfigured cups suspended with monofilament.
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