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— Biography of Lesley Dumbrell

For over forty years Lesley Dumbrell has been refining her technique of geometric abstract painting and is regarded today as one of Australia’s most respected artists in the field.
Born in Melbourne in 1941, Dumbrell studied fine art at RMIT and taught at Prahran Technical College before holding her first exhibition of hard-edge painting at Bonython Gallery in Sydney in 1969. She came to prominence in the 1970s with large scale optical paintings and through her involvement in the women’s art movement, including being a founding member of the Women’s Art Register and participating in the influential feminist magazine Lip. In 1990 she moved to Thailand, and has since maintained two home studios, one in Bangkok and one in Euroa in central Victoria. 
Dumbrell’s richly coloured and intensely lined paintings are essays in colour, geometry and optical perception – as well as being an evocation of her surroundings; whether it be the tropical flora and bustling streets of Bangkok, or the rolling hills and vast skies of the Strathbogie Ranges, the work is about environment and atmosphere.


Read Irena Zdanowicz’s catalogue essay written for the 1986 National Gallery of Victoria exhibition Sensibility and Quality in the Watercolours of Lesley Dumbrell, Robert Jacks and Victor Majzner
Read Rachel Kent’s catalogue essay written for the 1999 survey exhibition held at Ian Potter Museum of Art Shades of Light: Lesley Dumbrell 1971 – 1999

Lesley Dumbrell Short CV

Elizabeth Cross Colour and Transperency Art and Australia vol. 23 no. 4 Winter 1986 494 501

Grazia Gunn Lesley Dumbrell Art and Australia vol. 18 no. 1 Spring 1980 39 45

Janine Burke Anima. feminist art since the seventies Art and Australia vol. 32 no. 3 338 344

Janine Burke Bringing it all back home. thoughts on recent abstract painting Art and Australia 18 no. 4 Winter 1981 370 375

Leanne Santoro New Acquisition. Lesley Dumbrell Solstice 1974 Look. Art Gallery Society of New South Wales January February 2020 p. 63

Tracy Clement Opening Doors Art Guide Australia October 1 2020

Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.