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ABOUT

Leslie Plimpton is an award-winning artist who favors figurative and portrait work that follows the constant theme of fashion. Leslie began her art studies at Ventura College in 1999, later transferring to California State University, Channel Islands receiving a B.A. in Fine Art in 2007. She has supplemented her education with artist workshops at the Fechin Studios in Taos, NM studying with award-winning painter, Huihan Liu, a printmaking class with master printmaker, Xavier Fumat at GEMINI G.E.L., with Linda Taylor at Spotted Dog Studio and Julia Ayres who wrote the definitive book on Monotype.  Critical to her painting were her studies with the late Carlyle Cooper and Hiroko Yoshimoto.

 

Leslie’s fascination with fashion led her to painting figures in oil or acrylic and mixed media.  She then collages fabric and real clothing to reveal how fashion is linked to social identity, creating a three-dimensional aspect on a two-dimensional surface. 

 

She also explores her theme of fashion portraying fashion models and fashion designers through printmaking, favoring monotypes, linocuts and drypont etching techniques.  Leslie is a Juried member of both the Ojai Studio Artists and the Santa Barbara Art Association.  She was juried into the Santa Barbara Printmakers in 2011 and has been showing with the inkspots of San Buenaventura for the past 13 years.

 

She also enjoys sculpting, having worked in stone and plaster, but mostly prefers to work in clay, creating ceramic shoes where her work has earned merit awards at the Buenaventura Art Association.  Her artwork is in private collections around the United States.

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RESUME

e-mail:  Lesliefashionart@gmail.com

website:  LeslieFashionArt.com

Education

2007  BA Studio Art, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society,

California State University, Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

1999-2006 Ventura College, Ventura, CA

1986-89  Columbia College, Film/Video Program, Chicago, IL

Printmaking workshop - GEMINI G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA, Xavier Fumat, instructor

Printmaking workshop - Spotted Dog Studio, Ojai, CA, Linda Taylor, instructor

Printmaking workshop - Phyllis Doyen Studio, Camarillo, CA, Julia Ayres, instructor

Painting workshop - Fechin Studios, Taos, NM, Huihan Liu instructor

Exhibitions

2021  “Rolling On,” the inkspots, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

2021  Open Studio, Ojai Studio Artists Tour, Ojai, CA

2021  “Finding Light,” Ojai Studio Artists, Ojai Valley Museum, Ojai, CA

 

2020  “Celebrating Ten Years,”, Online Art Exhibition & Fundraiser, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

2020   “Insight 20/20, Ojai Studio Artists, Ojai Valley Museum, Ojai, CA

2020   “Art of the Printmaker,” Juried Open Competition, Carpenteria Arts Center, Carpenteria, CA

2020   Open Studio, Ojai Studio Artists Tour, Ojai, CA

2020   “I Love You Madly,” One-person Exhibition, Gallery 113, Santa Barbara, CA

2020   “Legacy:  Seven Decades of Ventura College Art,” Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA

2020   “Paper,” Open Juried Show, SBTC, Santa Barbara, CA

2020   “Mending the Divide,” Ojai Studio Artists, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA

 

 

2019  Santa Barbara Art Association, New Member Show, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2019  Santa Barbara Art Association, Holiday Show, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2019  “Under Pressure,” 12 Annual inkspots of San Buenaventura Show, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA
2019  Solo Show - “Portraits in Fashion,” 610 Arts Collective Gallery, Ridgway, Colorado
2019  Santa Barbara Art Association, Juried Show, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2019  82nd Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Open Juried Competition, Santa Paula Public Library, Santa Paula, CA
2019  Santa Barbara Printmakers Members Exhibition, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2019  Buenaventura Art Association Open Competition, Ventura County Museum,, Ventura, CA,

 

2018  Santa Barbara Printmakers Members Exhibition, Ojai Art Center, Ojai, CA

2018  “Press On,” the inkspots, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA 

2018  Print Power Exhibition, The Community Arts Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA

2018  “Sweet Fifteen,” CSUCI Alumni Exhibition, California State University, Channel Islands,  Camarillo, CA

2018  “Stories,” Buenaventura Art Association Open Competition, Ventura, CA

2018  81st Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Open Juried Competition, Santa Paula Public Library, Santa Paula, CA

2018  “Paper,” Open Juried Competition, SBTC, Santa Barbara, CA

2018  32nd Annual Open Competition, Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura, CA, Received  Award of Honorable Mention

 

2017  10th Anniversary Exhibition, the inkspots, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

2017  Santa Barbara Printmakers Members Exhibition, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2017  Santa Barbara Printmakers Juried Spring Exhibition, Santa Barbara Jewish Community  Center, Santa Barbara, CA

2017  80th Santa Paula Art & Photography Open Juried Show, Santa Paula Public Library, Santa Paula, CA

2017  Buenaventura Art Association, 31st Annual Open Competition, Ventura, CA

 

2016  Members Only Exhibition, Santa Barbara Printmakers, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara,  CA

2016  Art at the JCC, Santa Barbara Printmakers Juried Exhibition, Jewish Federation, Santa  Barbara, CA

2016  Annual Exhibition, the inkspots, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

2016  “there is me,” the Artists’ Union juried show, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

 

2015  “Inklings,” the inkspots, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

2015  Santa Barbara Printmakers Members Only Exhibit, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2015  Selected Solo works, Leslie Jean Porter Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2015  The inkspots, Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Santa Barbara, CA

2015  “Impressions,” an invitation-only show, Ventura County Government Center, Ventura, CA

 

2014  “Pressing Matters,” the inkspots, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

2014  21st Annual Artwalk, Stoneworks Gallery, Ventura, CA

 

2013  “Layers:  Recent Works,” the inkspots, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

2013  Visual Production on “Visions of America, A Photo Symphony,” New West Symphony,  Marcello Lenninger, Conductor, Performed at Oxnard Performing Arts Center,  Oxnard, CA, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, CA, Barnum Hall,  Santa Monica, CA

2013  Art at the JCC, Santa Barbara Printmakers Juried Winter Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA  

 

2012  Visual Production on “Visions of America, A Photo Symphony,” Boston Pops, Keith  Lockhart, Conductor, Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

2012  “Think Ink,” the inkkspots, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

2012  “Hot Summer Nights,” Open Juried Competition, Harbor Village Gallery, Ventura, CA

2012  19th Annual Juried Exhibition, Santa Barbara Printmakers, Channing Peake Gallery,  Santa Barbara, CA

2012  Member Show, Santa Barbara Printmakers, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

 

2011  the inkspots, 643 Project Space, Ventura, CA

2011  the inkspots, E.P. Foster Library, Ventura, CA

2011  18th Annual Juried Exhibition, Santa Barbara Printmakers, Faulkner Gallery, Santa  Barbara, CA

2011  74th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Exhibit Open Juried Show, Santa Paula Public Library, Santa Paula, CA

 

2010  “Think Ink,” the inkspots, Gallery 255, Ventura, CA

2010  “Go Figure, A Celebration of the Human Form, Open Competition, Harbor Village Art  Gallery, Ventura, CA

2010  “Treasure Chests,” Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA

2010  “Treasure Chests,” San Buenaventura City Hall, Ventura, CA

2010  “Treasure Chests,” Ventura Music Festival, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA

 

2009   Visual Production on “Visions of America,” A Photo Symphony, Peter Nero and  the  Philly Pops, Peter Nero conductor, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA

2009  Harvest Artwalk, Stoneworks Gallery, Ventura, CA

2009  “Anything Goes,” Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura, CA

2009  “Off the Plate,” the Inkspots, SeaBreeze Art Gallery, Ventura, CA

2009  “Summertime Blues,” CSUCI Art Gallery, Ventura, CA

2009  The inkspots, Discovery Gallery, Ventura Visitors Bureau, Ventura, CA

2009  Spring Artwalk, Stoneworks Gallery, Ventura, CA

2009  Made In Ojai, Ojai, CA

2009  72nd Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Open Juried Exhibition, Santa Paula Public Library, Santa Paula, CA

2009  Buenaventura Art Association 23rd Annual Open Competition, Ventura, CA

 

2008  “Small Images,” New Media Gallery, Ventura College, Ventura, CA

2008  “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Bras,” A Breast Cancer Awareness

Event, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, Simi Valley, CA

2008  Harvest Artwalk, Stoneworks Gallery, Ventura, CA

2008  Can You Read the Fine Print,” the Inkspots, SeaBreeze Art Gallery, Ventura, CA

2008  “Number One,” Invitation Only Alumni Exhibition, CSUCI, Camarillo, CA

2008  Solo Work in a Group Context, SeaBreeze Art Gallery, Ventura, CA

 

2007  “Small Images,” New Media Gallery, Ventura College, Ventura, CA

2007  Mural, Casa Pacifica, Camarillo, CA

2007  “The Next Step,” Bell Arts Factory, Ventura, CA

2007  “Assimilation Annotation,” Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA

 

2006  “Concept to Completion,” Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA

2006   69th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Exhibit, Santa Paula, CA

 

2005  “Odyssey Explores, “Farmer & the Cook Cafe, Ojai, CA

2005   68th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Open Juried Exhibition, Santa Paula Public Library, Santa Paula, CA

 

2004  “Small Wonders,” Ventura College Gallery 2/New Media Gallery, Ventura, CA

2004  “Ventura Paints France,” Pacific Stoneworks, Ventura, CA

2004  “Odyssey Prints,” Farmer & the Cook Cafe, Ojai, CA

 

2003  66th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Open Juried Exhibition, Santa Paula Public Library, Santa Paula, CA

 

2002  65th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Open Juried Exhibition, Santa Paula Public Library, Santa Paula, CA

 

2001  “.edu,” Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA

2001  “Ventura Paints:  Italy,” Strauss/Uritz, Ventura, CA

2001  64th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Open Juried Exhibition, Santa Paula Public Library, Santa Paula, CA

AWARDS

 

2019  Honorable Mention, 82nd Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Open Juried Competition, Santa Paula, CA

2019  3rd Place, Buenaventura Art Association Open Competition, Ventura County Museum, Ventura, CA

2018  Honorable Mention, 32nd Annual Open Competition, Buenaventura Art Association, Ventura, CA

 

MEMBERSHIPS

 

Juried member of Ojai Studio Artists

Juried member of Santa Barbara Printmakers

Juried member of Santa Barbara Art Association

the inkspots of San Buenaventura