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Leo Greenfield is an artist with a passion for drawing. His works concentrate on illustrating from memory the ever-changing space of street life and culture. On paper and online, Greenfield expresses the silhouette and patterns of contemporary dress, creating intimate portraits of people and places.

Since 2008 Greenfield has shared these drawings via this website, which has grown into an archive of fashion culture observed through his own experiences. Central to his art practice is the connection between the handmade and the digital – all his works, though shared via social media, are grounded in traditional making.

Studying at the University of Adelaide his career in the arts began while contributing to the University’s weekly newspaper On Dit. Here Greenfield published his work while studying a Bachelor of International Studies and later Post Graduate Art History. During this time he also studied Japanese art and culture at Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka.

Furthering his education at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Greenfield continued to explore his passion for drawing, writing and printmaking with a Bachelor of Fine Art, graduating in 2010. Greenfield’s drawing practice has seen him gain invitations to International Fashion Weeks in Sydney, Paris and London and in 2013 he undertook an artist residency in the atelier of Martin Grant Paris. In 2014 he set up a studio in East London to further develop his unique illustrative style of drawing.

The London projects allowed Greenfield to work with publishing and fashion houses, seeing his work printed in leading magazines and books. Journalism for Greenfield activates his art practice and he has since contributed to The Daily Telegraph UK, The Weekend Australian Magazine, Wish Magazine, Viva (NZ), Architectural Digest, L'Officiel, Vogue and Harper’s BAZAAR

For Stripes Publishing and Hardie Grant Books UK Greenfield has illustrated books including Style Forever by Alyson Walsh. Since returning to Australia he has collaborated with brands such as The Daily Edited, Brooks Brothers and Chanel to create limited edition collections, store installations and live drawing events.

Greenfield has shown his artwork widely with exhibitions in France and the UK. Australian career  highlights include projects with The Design Files, public talks given at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of South Australia, as well as recent drawing performances at the Powerhouse Museum and collaborations with the Sherman Centre for Culture & Ideas.

Alongside his art practice Greenfield has contributed a monthly column The Adelaide Review since 2016 where he celebrates the lives of everyday South Australians through illustrations and interviews.



Email: leowgreenfield@gmail.com
All images are copyright Leo Greenfield




Press

Featured in Out Magazine as one of nine Fashion Illustrators to watch alongside Richard Haines, Kitty N Wong, David Downton and Donald Robertson.


CLIQUE Magazine profiles my latest projects. 

Australian Vogue features my work in print and on film in the April edition of the magazine.

Studio interview and new works on show with Modern Times, Melbourne, March 2015.


Lisa Armstrong publishes my illustrations in the UK's Daily Telegraph as Style Forever is launched in London, April 2015.

Broadsheet reviews The Design Files' grand exhibition, Open House, that featured my work from London, December 2014.

Colin McDowell writes about my work and others for The Business of Fashion in his article, Could Illustration Offer an Antidote to Fashion Banality?

STATUS Magazine features my work as part of their Arts Edition, February 2014.

La Mode La Mode La Mode covers my exhibition in Paris for French Television,  December 2013.

A glimpse of life on the Paris Fashion circuit as State of Style interviews me at the Peachoo + Krejberg Spring Summer 2014 collection.

Tina Isaac Goizé introduces me to the readers to Style.com after my first exhibition in Paris.

Fluoro Magazine talks to me about the development of my drawings and art practice.

ELLE reviews my work and projects in Paris, France.

The Design Files captures my life in Paris and most recent works, with full feature article.

Diane Pernet features my work after a wonderful lunch date, see A Shaded View of Fashion.

THE AGE reports on the lives of Australians in Paris for Fashion Week, thanks to writer Emily Ward.

My Vogue Diary from the runways and the streets of Paris, October 2013.

Australian Vogue features my work in the October 2013 Edition, as I work from the magazine's office to capture the  changing style of the Fashion Editors.

Patty Huntington published my vision of Marie Antoinette at Versailles with the Frockwriter.

Surfer and blogger, Rebecca Olive writes so well at Make Friends with the Neighbours.

Three Thousand reviews my work and I take on their street style section.

YEN magazine explores my world, thanks to writer Lisa Marie Corso.

The International Business Times reports on my adventures in Paris for Spring/ Summer Fashion Week 2012.

The Design Files showcases my drawings from 2012.


Fashion Hayley's photographs of my studio at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Cover illustrations for AMPERSAND MAGAZINE.

Installation project and exhibition at Melbourne's contemporary public art space PLATFORM.