Leo Fitzmaurice

Lives & works: Liverpool, UK

Leo Fitzmaurice was born in Shropshire, England, in 1963 and now lives and works in Merseyside. He originally studied painting at both Leicester and Liverpool Polytechnics, receiving an MA Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. On completion of his studies he shifted focus in his work to found materials: from cigarette boxes, reconfigured into tiny sculptures, to advertising fliers, used in construction of graphic installations. Fitzmaurice’s work utilises everyday items, re-imagined within both the gallery as well as in non-gallery context. He also uses photography and Tompa Utca captures a fleeting moment on a Budapest street in Hungary during recent European travels.

Fitzmaurice’s solo shows include: New Art Gallery Walsall and Firstsite, Colchester.  In 2015, Fitzmaurice made a new work entitled Litter for Frieze in the Frieze Sculpture Park, London, now installed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Group shows include Reader at Gether Contemporary in Copenhagen and a solo show OHvHO at The Sunday Painter, London (2016). In 2004 Fitzmaurice was invited by the British Council to take part in the Artist Links Residency at Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China. Since then he has shown work at numerous galleries including White Columns, New York; Seventeen Gallery, London; Tanya Leighton Galley, Berlin and Dodge NY.

In 2012 Fitzmaurice was the recipient of the 5th Northern Art Prize. He is represented by The Sunday Painter, London. His work features in many collections including The Arts Council Collection of England, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester Art Gallery, The Royal London Hospital, Locus+ Archive, as well as numerous private collections.

All profits from the sale of this edition go to Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, in support of the next generation of photography talent.

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