"I have been a figurative sculptor since childhood. My studio contains examples of my earliest work, before age ten. At 25 I made the decision to work only inside the field of sculpture. As I traveled and matured, my exposure to museums and other figurative artists increased my understanding of classical figures.
Impressions of a Mike Leckie exhibition:
As one enters the gallery, the eyes go directly to the brightly lit figure of a young woman, with her hair and dress kissed lightly by a soft afternoon breeze.
Next to her, another young woman perched momentarily, with her leg extended, as she pauses to tie back her hair with a slight filigree of ribbon.
These bronzes at first glace, reflect a classic sculpture background, but surprise with an edge so obviously modern, at close examination.
The first piece is the goddess, Nike. She bends slightly , taking a second to tie her sandal strap, while glancing back over her shoulder, to see how close the boys are she is racing. In her face one can see the self determination enhanced with anxiousness at the delay.
Further back in the gallery where Nike has paused in her race, one finds the fragmented pieces Leckie refers to as his survivor series. Again the mature mastery of classic sculpture is apparent, but these bronzes have parts missing from the torso, arms legs and heads. Leckie shows them erect and strong in their ability to survive all that life throws at them and still continue to meet each day with a fearless dignity and reliance.
Unlike so many contemporary figurative sculptures, that seem commercial and rehearsed, Leckie's figures are caught in just a brief instant of time. This is the difference between dry perfection and gifted inspiration.
Mike Leckie's sculpture, "The Reading Girl" featured on OPB's Artbeat Oregon #1127. Original air date June 3, 2010.
"When videographer Greg Bond and I walked into Mike's studio to shoot a story on him, we were stopped in our tracks by the sheer beauty of his work. We didn't see Greg again for another hour as he immersed himself in shooting Mike's work. I had to somehow match beauty for beauty so I chose a lovely Ennio Morricone piece to go with them.
This also gives you a good idea of how Mike works. It's not often you get to see a great sculptor at work!"
---Tom D'Antoni / producer
Mike's method of casting glass.
To view a new Glass work in progress click here
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Leddick has cleverly divided the book into seven different categories: artists who are experimentalists, those who are neo-classicists, eroticists, fantasists, sensualists, realists and romanticists.
The categories contain works by famous artists: David Hockney, John Dugdale, Christopher Makos, Nan Goldin, Duane Michaels, Mike Leckie and many more.
New York Times
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|2003-2006 Zado Gallery, Portland, Oregon|
|1984-2005 Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon|
|2003 Palm Springs Desert Museum. Award winner at juried National Show.|
|2001-2002 Robert Canaga Gallery, Eugene , Oregon|
|1998-2001 Chetwynd Stapylton Gallery, Portland , Oregon|
|2000 Robert & Mary Montgomery Armory Art Center Figurative Small Works 2000, West Palm Beach , Florida|
|2000 National Small Sculpture Exhibition 2000, Hattiesburg , Mississippi|
|1999 Maude Kerns Art Center , Eugene, Oregon|
|1999 Jacobs Gallery, Hult Performing Arts Center, Eugene, Oregon|
|1998- Leslie Lohman Gallery , New York, New York|
|1997-1999 Creative Metal Arts Guild Annual Shows, Portland , Oregon|
|1998 Kunst Centrum Narthex, Amsterdam , The Netherlands|
|1998 Brian Marki Fine Arts, Portland , Oregon|
|1998 Adell McMillan Gallery, University of Oregon , Eugene, Oregon|
|1997-1998 Provenance, Eugene , Oregon|
|1997-1998 Bronze Edition Gallery, Kirkland , Washington|
|1995, 1998 Eugene Airport Gallery, Visual Arts Resources, Eugene , Oregon|
|1994-1998 Caswell Gallery, Troutdale , Oregon|
|1986-1998 Portland Art Institute, Museum Rental-Sales Gallery, Portland , Oregon|
|1997 Mockingbird Gallery, Bend , Oregon|
|1997 Polo MA Gallery, Edgewater , New Jersey|
|1997 Northwest Stone Sculptors Exhibition, Seattle Convention Center , Seattle ,Washington|
One- and Two-Person Exhibitions
|2005 Goldworks, Eugene, Oregon|
|2005 Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon|
|2004 Gallery Dot Fifty-One, Miami, Florida|
|2003 Elements Glass Co., Portland, OR .|
|2003 Goldworks, Eugene, Oregon|
|2002 Art Territory, West Hollywood, California|
|2001 Artmonk Gallery, Armonk, New York|
|2000 Governor Suite, Governor Hotel, Portland, Oregon|
|1998 Lane County Historical Museum, Eugene, Oregon|
|1990 Alder Gallery, Eugene, Oregon|
|1984 Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon|
|1984 Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills, California|
|1983 Artist Union Gallery, Eugene, Oregon|
|1981 Gallery 141, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon|
|1981 Rialto Sculpture Gardens, Venice, California|
|1979 Phoenix, West Hollywood, California|
|2012 Awards for Santa Barbara International Marathon|
|2008, 2012 Art for Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon|
|2010 Mentioned and quoted in Christopher Dunn's book "Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt"|
|2009 Marble sculpture, "The Reading Girl" commissioned by the Albany Public Library|
|2009 Official Art of the USTF National Finals and USTF Masters in Oregon|
|2008 Bronze- Created life-sized bust for "The Sidney Frank Award for Excellence in Advertising"|
|2006 Marble Torso- created for private commission, Eugene, Oregon|
|2005 Cast Glass Icon- designed and produced for Koala Construction Co., Eugene, Oregon|
|2005 Cast Glass Icon- designed and produced for private commission, Eugene, Oregon|
|2005 Glass Sculpture created for private commission, Eugene, Oregon|
|2004 Glass Sculpture used as poster art for 'Art in the Vinyard', Eugene, Oregon|
|2001 Included in David Leddick's book "Male Nude Now: New Vision for the 21st Century"|
|1999 Winner, Art Calendar Crabbie Contest; publication award|
|1991, 1995 Exhibited life-size marble figures, City of Eugene , outdoor art competition|
|1993 Traveled to Berlin to study Pergamon altar|
|1990 Oregon Duck image, bronze, Duck Athletic Fund, UO, Eugene , Oregon|
|1989 Official image for the World Champion Masters' Track Meet, Eugene , Oregon|
|1988 Purchasing trip – to Carrera, Italy for Marble|
|1987 Redesigned lamppost medallions for historic district, Eugene , Oregon|
|1985 Designed porcelain plate commemorative, Alumni Club, UO, Eugene , Oregon|
|1985 Created bronze crucifix, St. Agnes Church, Springfield , Oregon|
|1985 Chocolate designs, Dream City Chocolate, Eugene , Oregon|
|1979 Renovated foundry and cast bronze, UCLA, Westwood , California|
|1978-1979 Internship - West Coast Sculptors' Foundry, West Los Angeles , California|
|1978-1979 Internship - Renaissance II Foundry, Venice , California|
|1976-1977 Internship - Berkeley Art Foundry, Berkeley, California|
|1970 Cast first bronze, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon|
|1993 Instructor, marble carving seminar, Carrara, Italy (Organized travel, lodging and studio space for my American students and taught carving technique)
1992-93 Instructor, private studio classes in clay and marble, Eugene, Oregon (figure sculpture from life)
1991 Instructor, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon (figure sculpture from life)
1989-91 Instructor, Adult Education, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon
(Classes taught: Sculpting heads and faces, figure sculpture from life and rubber mold-making)
1975-76 Assistant Professor of Metals, Instituto Allende, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuanto, Mexico
(Taught jewelry making and supervised bronze casting)
|Bachelor of Arts, Metalsmithing, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 1973|
|Post-graduate work, Instituto Allende, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, 1975-76
Post-graduate work, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, 1977
Post-graduate work, California State University, Long Beach, California, 1979
Post-graduate work, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 1981
|1978-79 West Coast Sculptors' Foundry, West Los Angeles, California|
|1978-1979 Renaissance ll Foundry, Venice, California|
|1976-1977 Berkeley Art Foundry, Berkeley, California|
MANAGEMENT & PUBLIC SERVICE
| 1993-95 Coordinator, Sculpture Park, Art and the Vineyard, Eugene, Oregon
1985-87 Gallery Committee, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon
Curator, Second Biennial (All Oregon) Sculpture Symposium, 1987
Curator, Oregon Made for Interiors, 1986
Curator, first Biennial (Lane County) Sculpture Symposium, 1985