PERFECT FAMLILIES
From 2006 to 2010 I focused on a project called Perfect Families, painting portraits of alternative and mixed race families, primarily my friends and neighbors in New York City. I see these real people as archetypes for the contemporary American family at a time when mixed race families, trans-racial adoption and above all, same sex marriage and parenting continue to challenge assumptions about societal norms. My personal experience of life in a conspicuous family, since my younger daughter was born with Down Syndrome in 2003, has been a direct inspiration for this body of artwork.

The most recent paintings on this theme focuses almost exclusively on hands and gestures, to express relationships which transcend the politics of religion, race and gender.

Perfect Families: 2006-2010
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas
Baby and Mother in Black Shirt
2010
Oil on canvas
20" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on cnvas
Father and Baby
2010
Oil on cnvas
20" x 20"

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Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas, 20” x 20”
12. Mother and Baby in Striped Suit
2010
Oil on canvas, 20” x 20”
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas
20. Child and Mother in Grey Shirt
2010
Oil on canvas
20" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas
Siblings
2010
Oil on canvas
20" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas
Mother and Baby in Blue
2010
Oil on canvas
20" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Family Group
2009
Oil on wood panel
16" x 20"

Collection of H. and M. Shiau
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Mark Anthony
2006
Oil on wood panel
16" x 20"

Collection of M. and K. Bazzuti-Jones
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Girl with Hair Untied
2009
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Asta with Her Baby Sister and Parents
2009
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"

Collection of J. Countryman
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas
Deb and Mia with Their Sons Noah and Nate
2009
Oil on canvas
24" x 36"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas
16. Mother and Daughter
2009
Oil on canvas
8" x 11"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Rebecca and Lawrence with their Children Thomas and Grace
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"

Collection of R. Kendall
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Olivia with Her Sister, Mom and Dad
2009
Oil on wood panel
16" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas
Ruthann and Joyce with Their Children Joel and Olivia
2009
Oil on canvas
24" x 36"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Pia, Bobby and their Daughters Camilla and Olivia
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"

Collection of B. and P. Harden
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Vanessa
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
James
2006/09
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Foye
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Mike
2009
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Grace With Her Mom and sister
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Rebecca and Lawrence With Their Children Thomas and Grace
2006
Oil on wood panel
20" x 22"

Collection of R. Kendall
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Amy with Her Children Maya and Calder
2006/09
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
30. Len and Fernando with Their Daughter Isa
2009
Oil on wood panel
22" x 24"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Lea, Carolyn and Their Son Eli
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"

Collection of C. Montgomery-Forant
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Barbara and Jerry with their Daughter Simone
2006
Oil on wood panel
22" x 20"

Collection of G. and B. Theis
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas
A Scottish/Nigerian Wedding: Mrs. Julie Aghanya of Glasgow. Mother of the Bride
1995
Oil on canvas
48" x 48"
Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on canvas
Family Portraits
2010
Oil on canvas
6 of 20" x 20"

Gallery view, Art at First exhibition, NYC,
January 2010

Gwyneth Leech Perfect Families: 2006-2010 Oil on wood panel
Family Portraits
2006
Oil on wood panel
6 or 20" x 20"

Gallery view, Art at First exhibition, NYC,
January 2010
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