Leslie Pierce is a contemporary artist, known for art that focuses on themes involving coding systems, documentation, fragmentation, and technology. Her ongoing series, Code Defied (2013- ), evolved from contrasting flattened and modeled forms of the human figure. While printing reference images, her printer ran out of ink and printed striations of color and fragmented parts of an image. This led to an a-ha moment. The traditional way of painting is changed as Pierce employs vertical lines to generate value, form, space, time, and place. Form and value seem to be ironed out, while simultaneously standing up, suspended in time.
Leslie is honored to have one of her pieces in the permanent collection of The Harry Ransom Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and has been awarded several Special Projects grants to expand her work. While living in Austin, she curated and organized group exhibits, taught Encaustic Painting, and Contemporary Figure Painting and Drawing for the Austin Museum of Art’s Art School at Laguna Gloria and hosted a Life Drawing and Painting group for Austin Visual Arts Association in which she was a member and volunteer. She now paints at her studio in Arts District Liberty Station in San Diego and is selling her art internationally.
Born in New York, Leslie spent part of her childhood playing inside the Museum of Natural History, behind the scenes where her father worked as a scientist. Studying the exhibited dinosaur bones and life sized dioramas in the museum, influenced her way of seeing the world and began her continued love of art and artifacts.
Leslie relocated from Austin, TX to San Diego, CA, and runs a Studio Gallery in Arts District Liberty Station; an old converted Naval base that is bustling with creative businesses, non-profits, and eateries. She exhibits and sells her work internationally and teaches painting and drawing.
The Code Defied series is an original series that Leslie began in 2013 while living in Austin, Texas. Since relocating to San Diego the following year, Leslie continues to grow this unique series.
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