Interview on NY1 Television

I am delighted to share a NY1 television interview with Kristen Shaughnessy about my construction site artwork, The Monolith documentary and my current exhibition at the Kaufman arcade. The two and a half minute segment can be viewed online at this link: Kristen S Bush Videos.
The 10 minute documentary, The Monolith can be viewed here: www.vimeo/AngeloG/
And information about my current solo show is below.

Solo Exhibiton at the Kaufman Arcade Space for Public Art, NYC

I am pleased to invite you to a solo exhibition of my construction site paintings
in the Kaufman Arcade Public Art Space at 132 West 36th Street in Manhattan.
The exhibition continues through Tuesday, April 3rd.


A solo exhibition of paintings by New York City artist Gwyneth Leech bears witness to a rapidly changing Midtown Manhattan.

February 15 - April 3, 2018
Mon - Fri, 6am - 9pm
Sat - Sun, 8am - 6pm

Kaufman Arcade 
139 W 35th St / 132 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018

Presented by the Garment District Alliance Public Art Space Program
In 2015, construction began in front of Gwyneth Leech’s painting studio window on West 39th street in Midtown Manhattan. The new building would block a city view that had been her inspiration for many years. Overcoming a profound sense of loss and the desire to flee the coming noise and disruption, she made a decision to stay and record the process from the foundation up. She realized then how fast construction sites change, with new shapes, patterns, light effects and human dramas to record daily. Now she sees everywhere a city in a state of dynamic physical transformation and a sense of urgency drives her out to witness and paint as much of it as she can. 

Painting on site at an easel, in acrylic on canvas, and in the studio with oils on canvas or wood panel, Leech's paintings capture specific times of day and particular stages of the high rise construction process. The exhibition includes paintings of construction sites in the Garment District neighborhood,
as well as around the Hudson Yards, by Grand Central Station and on West
 53rd Street. 

Leech has exhibited her drawings, paintings and installations across the United States and the United Kingdom in a wide variety of museum, commercial gallery, public art, non-profit and alternative spaces. She is well known for her artwork on used coffee cups which she exhibited widely as site specific installations, starting in 2011 in the Garment District Alliance Window Space for Public Art on West 38th Street in New York City.

Leech holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, and from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, UK. The recipient of numerous awards and grants, including several Scottish Arts Council awards, a University of Colorado's President's Fund Grant, an Elizabeth Greenshields Memorial Award and a Thouron Fellowship, Leech's artwork resides in important private and public collections. 

For more infromation about art in the Garment District click here.

The Monolith is now live on Vimeo!

The Monolith, by NYC film-maker Angelo Guglielmo, is a short documentary that takes you inside my Manhattan painting studio for an intimate conversation about art, love, loss and change in New York City. It debuted as a Staff Pick on Vimeo and was named a Short of the Week:
"The Monolith defies our expectations re: artist profiles with this profound and visually engaging portrait of NYC artist Gwyneth Leech"
Watch it here:

Open Studios October 19th and 21st, 2017

Gwyneth Leech will be opening her studio to the public on Thurs. October 19th, 6-9PM and Sat. October 21st, 1-6PM, at 315 West 39th Street, #1306
in Manhattan. 

Mark Your Calendar!

The Garment District Alliance is proud to present the 14th Annual Garment District Arts Festival, featuring Gwyneth Leech.  
The Garment District Arts Festival is a district-wide celebration of the artists, performers, galleries and theaters that contribute to the creative energy that fuels this neighborhood. 
The Garment District Arts Festival takes place October 19-21. Visit the 2017 Arts Festival Website for the most up to date festival information.
Make a behind the scenes visit to artists' studios, view a unique installation, enjoy outdoor artist services or tour our numerous galleries. It's all part of the 2017 Garment Ditsrict Arts Festiva

Documentary Short about Gwyneth Leech Artwork and Studio Practice

A documentary short about Gwyneth Leech's artwork and studio practice will screen on Saturday, October 7th during the East Hampton Film Festival.

"I am honored that my current artwork and studio practice are the subject of a documentary short by New York film-maker, Angelo Guglielmo (The Woman Who Wasn't There, 2012; The Heart of Steel, 2008). The short will have a work-in-progress screening next Saturday, October 7th at the East Hampton Library at 1PM during the East Hampton Film Festival. I will be there with Angelo for a Q&A afterwards. If you are out there, please join us!"
RSVP to 631-324-0222 Ext. 3, or get a free ticket here:…

Art in Embassies Visit to Benin, West Africa

In April of 2017, artist Gwyneth Leech travelled from New York City to Cotonou, Benin, in West Africa to participate in an artist exchange program.

"Art has no walls.. by traveling to Benin, and meeting with local artists.. sharing our art and art making- processes we were able to transcend language, find common ground and discover that our lives and goals were not so different. "

Read more here

Window Installation for Concepto Gallery, Hudson, NY.

I was pleased to create a site-specific window installation for "Art on / with Paper", a group show at Concepto Gallery, 741 Warren Street in Hudson, NY.
The exhibition ran from September 19th to October 17th, 2015. Curated by gallery director, Kiyoshi Ike.

Solo Show in Norwalk CT opening on the April 21st

Gwyneth Leech: Themes and Variations 
Paintings and Works on Paper, 2004-2015

April 21st - May 26th.
Opening reception: 6:30-8:00 PM, on Tuesday April 21st.
All welcome.

ARTWorks Gallery on the Green
at 60 East Avenue, Norwalk CT 06851
(on the grounds of St. Paul's on the Green church)
Free and open to the public.
Mon-Fri. 9-5
Sat.10- 1
Sun. 10-11 and 12-1

Commemorating 10 years since New York City artist, Gwyneth Leech completed her striking contemporary stations of the cross for Saint Paul’s on the Green in Norwalk, CT, ARTWorks Gallery on the Green will host a solo show of the artist’s paintings and works
on paper from April 21st – May 26th, 2015. The artist will be showing selections from several bodies of work, representing a
decade of development since undertaking the commission in 2004. The show includes:

-Preparatory oil paintings on paper for the stations of the cross commission, 2004 (the finished paintings are permanently on view in the church across from the gallery).

-A selection from a series of oil portraits on canvas and wood panel called "Perfect Families", 2006-2010.

-A selection from an ongoing series of oils on wood called "Reflected City", 2010-2015.

-A suspended cup installation from her ongoing cup artwork series, 2010-2015.

For more information about the exhibition click here

1001 Coffee Cups Stories for ArtPrize 2014

I am thrilled to be taking part in ArtPrize, the world's largest art competition, taking place in Grand Rapids, Michigan,
September 24-October 12.
I will be in Grand Rapids for a week, installing 1001 coffee cup artworks, (my largest cup art installation so far!), then drawing in the window of my venue for five days, September 24-28.
Stop by to visit me then, or see my installation
any time between 9/24 and 10/12.

The venue:
Harris Building, 111 South Division Avenue in Downtown, Grand Rapids.

My drawing sessions:
12 - 2 PM, 9/24, 9/25. 9/26, 9/27 and 9/28,
plus 5-7 PM, Thursday, 9/25 and Saturday, 9/27.

The dates my installation will be on view:
September 24 - October 12.

VOTE CODE: 56642

Here's the link to my ArtPrize page with more information:

New Video: Tea with Faber-Castell

I am pleased to share a new video about my working process, from Faber-Castell, whose artist-quality Pitt pens I use when I draw on my coffee cups. It was shot on location last Spring in Hell's Kitchen and in my Garment District art studio.
Click HERE to watch.

Coming Soon: 1001 Coffee Cup Stories for ArtPrize

I am delighted that I will be creating my largest cup art installation to date, for the city-wide ArtPrize festival and competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan September 24th - October 12th, 2014. More details coming soon!

"365: A Year in Cups" Installation on view in NYC

365: A Year in Cups is included in
May 24–June 15

55 Bethune St, New York, NY 10014
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 1:00-6:00 pm; Closed Mon-Tues.A multi-media exhibition curated by Elisa Decker and Barbara Lubliner featuring 19artists who engage time as a palpable presence. Each artwork tells its own story, bringing attention to the temporal nature of life and inviting contemplation and dialogue about our relationship to time.
Artists Reception: Weds, June 4, 6:00-9:00 pm

Participating Artists: Mara Alper, Fran Beallor, Stefan Beltzig, Elisa Decker, Gwen Fabricant, Liza Folman, Tony Foster, Ellen Grossman, Valerie Huhn, Suzanne Kelser, Gwyneth Leech, Barbara Lubliner, John Mendelsohn, Elaine Norman, Jeffrey Allen Price, Ronnie Seiden-Moss, Drew Shiflett, Linda Stillman,Tamara Wyndham

I will be doing two live drawing events in the gallery on Saturday, May 31, 1:00-4:00 pm and Sunday, June 15, 3:00-6:00 pm.
See you there!

Anthropologie Cambridge to Host Live Art Exhibition

Anthropologie is pleased to announce a special live art event and window exhibition to celebrate the work of fine artist Gwyneth Leech. The artist will be on site November 21st, 22nd and 23rd drawing in the window of our Cambridge location. The exhibition, which will remain on view through November 30th, will showcase her passion for public art and her love of drawing and painting on paper coffee cups.

Leech’s expressive artwork will delight and inspire all those passing by. The process behind her hand-drawn cups is highly personal and observational, imparting new meaning and value on what is considered a disposable object. She explains, "I like my hot coffee or tea in a paper take-out cup, like millions of my fellow New Yorkers. Even better than the contents, I like the used cup as a surface on which to draw and paint. And before I begin, I write on the bottom the date, location, occasion and the beverage consumed so that every cup becomes the record of a social moment.”

Leech began working in this uncommon way while attending meetings over coffee in 2009. Quickly consumed by the practice, she soon created enough cup artworks to display in public art spaces and galleries around New York City. Her largest installation, at the Sprint Flatiron Prow Artspace in New York City in 2012, featured more than 850 of her pieces. Leech’s most recent exhibition, in Anthropologie’s Regent Street location during the London Design Festival in September 2013, garnered public and critical acclaim, including coverage in Selvedge, The Financial Times, The Observer and The Telegraph.

Anthropologie has partnered with Leech to transform her artwork into ceramic versions that can be enjoyed by a larger audience. The eight designs, in limited edition reproductions, are inspired by her life in New York and capture everyday moments, from taking a walk in Central Park to rushing through the city in a rain shower. They will be available just in time for the holidays on Anthropologie’s website and in all store locations.

About Gwyneth Leech:

Event Details:


48 Brattle Street

Cambridge, MA

November 21st, 12 – 3 pm
November 22nd, 4 – 7 pm
November 23rd, 12 -3 pm

The window exhibition will be on view 24/7 from November 21st – 30th


365 - A Year in Cups: the Movie

Well, London was amazing! Now I am back in New York City sorting through photos and I will be posting a detailed wrap-up soon on my blog, Gwyneth's Full Brew. In the meantime, many thanks to British film-maker, Chris Floyd, for this delightful short film. It was shot and edited just a few weeks ago while I was actually working in the window of Anthropologie in Regent Street during the London Design Festival. It really captures the moment for me. And the shoot was a lot of fun!

In September: The Cups at the London Design Festival

Image: Cup Drawings by Gwyneth Leech. Mixed media on upcycled paper coffee cups

I am delighted to announce a collaboration with Anthropologie that will launch during
the London Design Festival in September with an exhibition of 365 of my original cup artworks in the window of their store at 158 Regent Street

And I will be there for five days,
from September 14 -18, drawing on cups!

If you happen to be in London then, please come on by and see me at work in the window.
Dates and times as follows:

Sat 14th & Sun 15th: 12pm - 3pm
Mon 16th: 11am - 2pm
Tue 17th & Wed 18th: 4pm - 7pm

The cup art installation will be on view 24 hours a day through October 4th.

For those of you in Scotland, I will also be doing a one day event in Edinburgh at Anthropologie's George Street store on Saturday, September 21st from 12 - 3pm with a talk at 2pm. 

For the Design Festival program page click the following link:
Gwyneth Leech: 365 -A Year in Cups.

Three New Cup Art Installations, Spring 2013

I am delighted to have created three new site specific installations in galleries in and near NYC this Spring: 

"Gathering Place" , a No Longer Empty exhibition, was at 24 West 8th Street, Greenwich Village, NY
Fri -Mon 1- 7 pm, through March 23rd.

The public joined me to draw on cups, Fri, Sat, and Mon from 10 - 4 pm through 3/23.

"Diptychs, Triptcyhs and Multiple"s
City Without Walls, Newark,
Tues - Sat 12-6pm, ran through April 13th.

"Family/City Shift" at Susan Teller Gallery,
568 Broadway, 502, Tues - Sat 11-6pm, April 5 to May 11, and still open by appointment through the end of May.
this exhibition was an official part of the 2013 New Museum's Ideas City Festival. 

"Cup Cascade", 365 suspended cup drawings
at City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

New Blog Posts

Read the latest posts on my blog: "Gwyneth's Full Brew: art and life in New York City, cup in hand" 

I am a painter living in New York City and I draw and paint rather compulsively on paper coffee cups - the ubiquitous take-out kind. In my blog I am documenting the intersection of tea, coffee, art-making, art-seeing and daily life. I blog about family life in the city, exhibitions I go to, artists I meet, things I am working on in the studio, and upcycle, recycle and eco-art.

Gwyneth Leech : The Cup Drawing #1 - #655

Gwyneth Leech : The Cup Drawing #1 - #655
Currently on view in Luxuriant Refuse, 
at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art, Spring Texas

I like my hot coffee or tea in a paper take-out cup, like millions of my fellow citizens. Even better than the contents, I like the used cup as a surface to draw and paint on. And before I begin I inscribe the date, location and occasion on which the beverage was consumed so that every cup becomes the record of a social moment. 655 of the resulting paper cup artworks are now on show, suspended in the main gallery of the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art, as part of their current exhibition, Luxuriant Refuse.

May 19 - August 5, 2012
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts presents the exhibition Luxuriant Refuse curated by Melissa Grobmyer of MKG Art Management. Artists in the exhibition choose detritus as a medium, exploring ideas about consumption, creativity, and transformation. Artists include Adela Andea, Johnston Foster, Allison Foshee, Sarah Frost, Gwyneth Leech, Shawne Major, Aurora Robson, Betsabeé Romero, and Paul Villinski.

Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 5
All are invited to an evening event with MKG Art Management on Tuesday, June 5 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Pearl.

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
6815 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX 77379
281.376.6322, fax 281.376.2944 

The Cup Drawings at the Flatiron

Gwyneth Leech, the Cup Drawings
Studio in the Prow

The cup drawings are at the FLATIRON BUILDING, NYC,
in the glass windows (the Prow)
where 5th Avenue and Broadway cross at 23rd Street.

I will be drawing in the windows Tuesday - Saturday 11AM - 2PM
from September 20, 2011 through February 18th, 2012!

Bring me one of your own used paper coffee cups
with your name and the date you drank the beverage written on the bottom.
and I will add it to the installation.

Two rules:   

Wash out your cup first.
No Styrofoam!

follow my progress on my blog at:

Gwyneth Leech, The Cup Drawings

The NYC Fashion Center presents
"Gwyneth Leech, The Cup Drawings"
An Installation of drawings on upcycled paper coffee cups.
On view Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
February 28 - April 1, 2011

I will in the window drawing and adding to the installation
every week day during the show 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Please stop by if you are in New York City,
or follow my progress on my blog at:

About the Coffee Cup Drawings
"With Leech's diverse background in painting, video, ceramics, calligraphy and printmaking, the cup series began as a casual outgrowth of her compelling urge to draw wherever she is. One day, without a sketchbook handy, Leech used what was available in the moment. The curved form, challenge of working with existing shapes, colors, and text, and the infinite possibilities of expressive variation became as addictive as the caffeinated beverage the cup once contained. In addition to raising issues of consumerism, post-consumer waste and environmental concerns the cups are essentially about what drawing is: a conversation between mark making and surface."

Read the latest Full Brew post

Check out my blog: "Gwyneth's Full Brew: art and life in New York City, cup in hand"

I am a painter living in New York City and I draw and paint rather compulsively on paper coffee cups - the ubiquitous take-out kind. In my blog I am documenting the intersection of tea, coffee, art-making, art-seeing and daily life. I blog about family life in the city, exhibitions I go to, artists I meet, things I am working on in the studio, and upcycle, recycle and eco-art.

Special Drawing event for Pool Art Fair, March 5,6 & 7th

During the Pool Art Fair this coming weekend I will be keeping my studio going by taking to the bed with art materials in Room 940, Gershwin Hotel 7, E. 27th St. NYC. Climb aboard and make drawings of your own family! If I like what you do I might add it to the show. Markers, crayons and paper will be available.

Gwyneth Leech at the Pool Art Fair March 5, 6 and 7, 2010

Gwyneth Leech will be showing her Perfect Family Portraits at
PooL Art Fair New York

Suite 940

Opening Hours
Friday March 5th, 3-10 PM
Saturday March 6th, 3-10 PM
Sunday March 7th, 3-10 PM

Friday March 5th
6-10 PM - Vernissage

Gershwin Hotel
7 E 27th Street
New York City

New Family Portrait exhibition, January 2010

Family event and portrait drawing workshop for children this Saturday 1/23, 12-2PM
at Art at First
First Presbyterian Church,
5th Avenue between 11th and 12th Street
New York City

The exhibition includes a new series of family portraits focusing on hands
to express relationships which transcend the politics of race, religion and gender.

Remaining exhibition dates:

Friday, January 22
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Saturday, January 23
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Friday, January 29
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Monday, February 1st
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Use the 5th Avenue entrance to the building on the downtown side of the church
and go upstairs to the Great Hall.

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