Leslie Wilkes’ geometric paintings are initially based on graphic design patterns from the 1960’s. Her use of symmetrical arrangements and unexpected color combinations create simulations of kaleidoscopic Rorschach blots. Wilkes’ paintings challenge viewers’ visual consciousness and perceptions with complex and arresting imagery.
In 2013 Wilkes had solo shows at Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas (Double Take), Spazio Orso 16 in Milan (Marfa to Milan) and McMurtrey Gallery’s Project Space (Squared) in Houston. She loves to travel out of Marfa for shows and Milan was wonderful. Wilkes has a long history with Women & Their Work, having worked here years ago when she first graduated from UT. Wilkes states, “I love the space, the staff is great and I haven’t shown work in Austin in many years. It’s a large gallery, so I will be able to show a lot of paintings.”