Noumenon XXXVI – Imperial

Born Wales 1937, arrived Australia 1960


Alun Leach-Jones’s Noumenon series, begun in 1964, proved an important creative development for the artist and one which he revisited and reworked for many years. The Noumenon series in its simplest form comprises an intricate design within a circular motif and was the result of the artist’s search for a unique approach to art that did not bear a direct relationship to outside influences or subject matter. He responded to this challenge by returning to the basic forms he had drawn while an apprentice law writer in England.The Noumenon image evolved over the years and has since become characteristic of his work in the 1960s and the early 1970s, after which the artist pursued other abstract series.

Leach-Jones, who had studied in Liverpool and Adelaide, was heavily influenced by international abstraction of the 1960s, particularly the work of Arshile Gorky and Josef Albers, as well as British pop-art and Welsh literature.

His distinctive abstract Noumenon works were included in The Field, National Gallery of Victoria (1968) and the Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (1969). A regular exhibitor within Australia, the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and Japan, Leach-Jones’ work is represented in several major international collections, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, National Museum of Wales, and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. In Australia his work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, most major state galleries, many regional and university galleries.