Leigh Wells constructs collage, drawings and sculpture of found materials, paper, and fabric as well as paintings on pieced textiles that consist of simple, restrained abstract forms. 

As an internationally exhibiting artist, her work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Hamburg and Amsterdam. Bay Area solo shows include Gregory Lind Gallery, Ampersand International Arts, and Gallery 16 in San Francisco. She was an artist member of Minnesota Street Studios in San Francisco and is a current finalist for the 2022 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and a SFMOMA SECA Award nominee. 

Leigh's work appears frequently in The New York Times and Harper’s Magazine, and has been featured in Elle Decor among other publications. She earned a BFA from the University of San Francisco with subsequent art studies at Parsons/The New School, New York where she was an instructor, Crown Point Press and the San Francisco Art Institute.

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2019 / Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA 
2012 / Remains, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 / Deception, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA
2008 / New Drawings, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA


Mind Reader, Markel Fine Arts Viewing Room, New York, NY

Portrait, The Jones Institute, San Francisco, CA 
Still Yet Forward, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA

No Rhyme or Reason, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Paper Cuts: Large-Scale Collage, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

Fog a Mirror, CES Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Cutting Edge: New Works in Collage, 2731 Prospect, Cleveland, OH

Variations on Abstraction 2010-2015, Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA

Mountain, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
The Age of Collage, Gallery Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany
Feature, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

The Age of Collage, Gestalten Space, Berlin, Germany
col-la-ge, mini | galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
In Spite Of, The Holland Project, Reno, NV
Summer Group Show, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Range, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Decade, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ninth Annual Benefit Auction, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Tensile Strength, ZieherSmith, New York, NY
Building Context, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

These Are the People in Your Neighborhood, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA


Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Current Finalist
SFMOMA SECA Award, Current Nominee

Anonymous Was a Woman Award, Nominee

Minnesota Street Studios, San Francisco, Artist member (2018-2020)


“It’s Not Just a Chemical Imbalance”, New York Times Opinion Pages, July 27, 2019 
“What Do We Know?”, New York Times Opinion Pages, December 31, 2016
“I Am a Dangerous Professor", New York Times Opinion Pages, November 30, 2016
“What is the Use of Regret?”, New York Times Opinion Pages, November 12, 2016
“Why Do Anything?”, New York Times Opinion Pages, September 17, 2016
Seligman, Craig. “Fitted to the Occasion,” Elle Decor, March 2015. pp 138-141 
The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art, Berlin: Gestalten, 2013. pp 114-117 
Danza, Emmie. "Leigh Wells", The Drawing Center, The Bottom Line, August 5, 2013 
Grattan, Nikki, "Leigh Wells", In The Make, March 2013
Gallagher, James. "Cut-Up Nostalgia." UnFLOP Paper 4. Fall/Winter 2012-2013
Baker, Kenneth. “Leigh Wells: Remains.” San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, 2012
Baker, Kenneth. “Don't Miss,” San Francisco Chronicle, November 6, 2011
Baker, Kenneth. “Collage, culture and mulching at Guerrero Gallery,” SF Chronicle, August 27, 2011 
Untitled (Robert Frost), 2008. Harper’s Magazine. September 2008. p 93 


Chevron Corporate Collection, San Francisco, CA
Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, NV 
Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Salvatore Ferragamo Collection, Milan, Italy


Studio Art Studies at Parsons/New School, New York, Crown Point Press and San Francisco Art Institute

BFA, Design, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 
Graduated Summa Cum Laude

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