Leigh Arnold and his artwork Lost in Space.
Leigh Arnold and his artwork Lost in Space. Doug Eaton

Artist is out of this world

NIMBIN artist, Leigh Arnold came into the art world late in life but he’s rocketed to success ever since.

His space-themed works have caught the attention of both Australian and international dealers, with negotiations in the works with an unidentified New York art dealer.

Arnold likes to combine his interests in science and art in his work, portraying vast galaxies as back-drops to mathematical vortexes, cubes and symmetrical shapes.

The idea behind Lost in Space (pictured), Arnold explains is, ‘to take people on a journey’.

Beginning his painting career at the age of 40, Arnold credits his Aspergers (a form of autism) with his ability to create such technical works without the aid of a computer.

Much of Arnold’s later work, however, is influenced by more primitive forms.

“I’ve always been influenced by primitive art, that’s my main influence and that’s shown in my later work. A lot of the work on exhibition now you can see that influence,” he explains.

While his work is currently on display at the Nimbin Autumn Arts Extravaganza, he has taken his work as far as Melbourne.

Although he didn’t make any sales at the Melbourne show, his work has not gone unrecognised.

Arnold says he will be flat out over the next few months creating pieces for the Telstra Awards. He is also in negotiations with international magazine, Science and Technology, with the prospect of designing several covers.

As for the mysterious New York art dealer ... well, that all remains under wraps, but one thing we can be sure of, Leigh Arnold’s success is on the rise.

Arnold’s work is on display alongside other local artists, at the Nimbin Autumn Arts Extravaganza, Nimbin Town Hall until April 18, open daily from 10am-5pm.



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