Born 1959, Melbourne
Leo Cussen draws inspiration from Hollywood’s glamour era. His pastel works are characterised by repetition, text, movement and a sense of humour. The work has an intensity that is evident in the energetic application of his chosen medium.
Cussen uses repetition to embody the larger-than-life spirit of Hollywood at a time when legends like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers reigned supreme. His fascination with the entertainment industry extends to the character of Dr Who, and Cussen has produced an extensive series of works based on this theme. Within the context of his art-making, Cussen’s obsessions become a positive creative force.
Leo Cussen is represented by Arts Project Australia.
Not titled (red figures) 2007; 38 x 57cm; pastel on paper; Courtesy Arts Project Australia
Jeanie, Major Healy, Captain Nelson and Colonel Bellows 2009; pastel on paper; 38 x 57cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia
Not titled (horse) 2011; pastel on paper; 38 x 56cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia
Not titled (yellow suited figures) 2011; oil pastel on paper; 35 x 50cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia
Not titled (figure with hands in air) 2011; pastel on paper; 38 x 56cm; Courtesy Arts Project Australia