Fanatic, 4500 Minutes, 2009
Biro on paper
Original size: 240 x 700 cm
Lesley Halliwell is best known for her enormous, industrious Spirograph drawings made using biro pens and a simple plastic toy from her childhood. The same simple motif is repeated over and over again within a pre-planned structure. During the making mistakes inevitably happen, paper tears, pens run out of ink or her hand slips; it is this irregularity within the system that interests Halliwell and breathes life, intensity and value to the work.
For (detail) Halliwell has taken one of these key ‘moments’ which, under normal circumstances, would become absorbed into the overall composition. Her detail celebrates the change, rather than the similarity, of a repeated series.
Halliwell has exhibited extensively throughout the UK including the touring show Beauty is the First Test originating at The Pumphouse Gallery, London, 2012-14; The Infinity Show, NN Northampton, 2013; The Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2010; The Drawing Shed, Project Space, Leeds, 2010; Superabundant - A Celebration of Pattern, Turner Contemporary, 2009; and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2002. Halliwell originally trained as a painter (BA (Hons) Nottingham Trent University) and has gone on to gain an MA in Twentieth Century Art History (Goldsmiths, London) and an MA in Fine Art (Manchester Metropolitan University). She is a Fine Art Lecturer and a member of Suite Studio Group in Salford. She has work in private collections in London, New York and Europe.