Susan Leyland

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Susan Leyland was born in 1952 Whiston, Lancashire but lived near Cambridge for many
years. At the age of four she was given her first pony by her Grandfather a veterinarian and
horse breeder. At school Susan discovered her aptitude for art and her work was hung in The
London Royal Academy of Arts children’s exhibitions. Her school years were spent at
boarding school. On leaving school she found work at the Cambridge University Institute of
Criminology.
In 1973 Susan visited Italy where she has lived ever since. The beautiful Renaissance city of
Florence with its museums, art and history captured her heart. On arrival she followed an
Italian language course at the British Institute as well as drawing classes at the Florence
Academy of Fine Arts. For seven years Susan worked in the Italian fashion industry and from
1981 she taught English but continued to draw and paint.
From 1987- 2000 Leyland began to make her first sculptures with the help of Florentine
artisans learning from their skills and traditions. During this time she was also working as a
riding instructor.
In 1999 Leyland held an exhibition at the important Tornabuoni Gallery, Florence, then a
second in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 2000 she decided to dedicate her time to horse sculpture,
creating in 2004 “Horse Block Sculpture” where the contemporary and the classical merge.
Leyland has taken part and held solo exhibitions in different countries and cities: UK, USA,
Italy, France, Sweden and Germany with collectors world-wide. In England, Sunningdale, at
the Alan Kluckow Fine Art, in London, with Frost & Reed, the Medici Gallery, the Horsebox
Gallery, at the London Heathrow Airport, at Fulham Palace, the Wandsworth Museum and in
Oxford and Bath. In Italy, she has exhibited in Florence with the Tornabuoni Gallery,
Pietrasanta at the Barbara Paci Art Gallery, at The Museum of Marino Marini, Pistoia, the
Town Hall of Pontassieve, Casa D’Arte S. Lorenzo, Arte A Colori Colle Val D’Elsa, Arezzo,
Milan, Asti, Lerici and Naples and participation at The Biennale di Venezia. In USA, Saratoga
Springs, NY and in Santa Monica, CA. In Germany, Stuttgart and in France, Toulouse at the
Sakah Gallery, Paris and La Baule. Participation at contemporary art fairs in Miami, Istanbul,
London, Bologna and Genova with reviews and articles in magazines and newspapers in
different countries, receiving the American Academy of Equine Art Director’s award in 2008.
About the Ascot Memorial Susan says: “I have had the great honour and privilege to create
The World War I Horse Memorial. I have portrayed a horse standing motionless, in poignant
remembrance. A horse whose silhouette, shape, body language, anatomy and detail incorporate
and reflect the tragedy of all those horses, mules and donkeys who endured the 1914-1918
Great War. The only movement being in the tail, caught in a slight gust of wind, to give a sign
of life and hope for the future that their sacrifice was not in vain.”

2016 Kunst Galerie Stuttgart
         Sakah Galerie Toulouse

2015 Arte A Colori, con Marco Manzella

2014 Fiera Set Up , Bologna con Arte A Color
         Pontassieve Town Hall

2013 Gallery Villicana Cavour 84 Arezzo con Lui
         Galleria Tornabuoni Florence One & Only
         Oro Arezzo, Villicana, Cavour 84

2012  54° Biennale di Venezia , Torino
          Tatiana Tournemine, Paris
          Iona Gallery, Oxford
          Bath Contemporary, Bath
          Horsebox gallery, Wandsworth Museum,London
          Villicana D’Annibale Gallery, Arezzo
          Marino Marini Museum, Pistoia

2011 Arte A Colori, Colle val D’Elsa alta
         Art Art, 13 Anni Dopo, Impruneta
         Galleria Tornabuoni, The Horse In Art

2010 Il Trillo, Massa, Italy
         Fulham Palace - Animal Art Fair, London

2009 Affordable Art  Gallery Tornabuoni Florence

2009 Fundraising Exhibition for Sophie Christiansen
         Medici Gallery London

2008 Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze

2007 Cambridge Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
         Trisoglio Jewels, Asti, IT

2006 Galleria Tornabuoni, Pietrasanta
         Art Hotel Shelley, Lerici

2005 Frost & Reed, London
         Galleri Hippo, Stockholm
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze/Pietrasanta
         Alan Kluckow Fine Art, Sunningdale, England
         Sculpture Symposium, Impruneta, Firenze

2004 Fiera dell’Arte Contemporanea, Genova
         Giò Art, Lucca
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Pietrasanta

2003 SS Annunziata al Poggio Imperiale, Firenze

2002 Frost & Reed, London & Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
         The Gallery, Place des Vosges, Paris
         Galleria Tornabuoni Firenze & Pietrasanta
         Primo Premio Scultura - Equine Art Guild.
         Penne & Carta, Napoli

2001 Frost & Reed, London & Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
         Hotel Excelsior, Firenze
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze & Pietrasanta
         The Gallery, Place des Vosges, Paris
         San Siro, Milano

2000 Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
         Frost & Reed, St James’s, London
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze & Pietrasanta
         Palazzo Corsini, Firenze

1999 Premio Firenze – group exhibition
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze

1998 Il Giardino, Firenze
2016 Kunst Galerie Stuttgart
         Sakah Galerie Toulouse

2015 Arte A Colori, con Marco Manzella

2014 Fiera Set Up , Bologna con Arte A Color
         Pontassieve Town Hall

2013 Gallery Villicana Cavour 84 Arezzo con Lui
         Galleria Tornabuoni Florence One & Only
         Oro Arezzo, Villicana, Cavour 84

2012  54° Biennale di Venezia , Torino
          Tatiana Tournemine, Paris
          Iona Gallery, Oxford
          Bath Contemporary, Bath
          Horsebox gallery, Wandsworth Museum,London
          Villicana D’Annibale Gallery, Arezzo
          Marino Marini Museum, Pistoia

2011 Arte A Colori, Colle val D’Elsa alta
         Art Art, 13 Anni Dopo, Impruneta
         Galleria Tornabuoni, The Horse In Art

2010 Il Trillo, Massa, Italy
         Fulham Palace - Animal Art Fair, London

2009 Affordable Art  Gallery Tornabuoni Florence

2009 Fundraising Exhibition for Sophie Christiansen
         Medici Gallery London

2008 Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze

2007 Cambridge Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
         Trisoglio Jewels, Asti, IT

2006 Galleria Tornabuoni, Pietrasanta
         Art Hotel Shelley, Lerici

2005 Frost & Reed, London
         Galleri Hippo, Stockholm
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze/Pietrasanta
         Alan Kluckow Fine Art, Sunningdale, England
         Sculpture Symposium, Impruneta, Firenze

2004 Fiera dell’Arte Contemporanea, Genova
         Giò Art, Lucca
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Pietrasanta

2003 SS Annunziata al Poggio Imperiale, Firenze

2002 Frost & Reed, London & Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
         The Gallery, Place des Vosges, Paris
         Galleria Tornabuoni Firenze & Pietrasanta
         Primo Premio Scultura - Equine Art Guild.
         Penne & Carta, Napoli

2001 Frost & Reed, London & Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
         Hotel Excelsior, Firenze
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze & Pietrasanta
         The Gallery, Place des Vosges, Paris
         San Siro, Milano

2000 Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
         Frost & Reed, St James’s, London
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze & Pietrasanta
         Palazzo Corsini, Firenze

1999 Premio Firenze – group exhibition
         Galleria Tornabuoni, Firenze

1998 Il Giardino, Firenze
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