Leigh McCarthy is an artist who travels to the farthest reaches of the globe in order to inspire people to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places. She recently returned from a photography expedition aboard a tall ship sailing through the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
Discovering Nantucket over 20 years ago, the island continues to provide endless inspiration. Her porthole series of dye-sublimation prints on metal are photos taken during the journey to and from the island that has become her second home. To preserve this beautiful place she donates a portion of her sales to the Nantucket Conservation Foundation.
McCarthy's art work has been exhibited at the Getty Center, Los Angeles; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London and numerous other solo and group exhibitions.
Her work is in the collections of the The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; the Allan Kaprow Estate, Los Angeles; and the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco.
McCarthy's awards include the BlueCat Screenwriter's Competition, the Beck’s Prize in Film and Video Award, and Fox Searchlight Director's Lab.
McCarthy holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado in Anthropology and a Master in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London. McCarthy lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and Jackson, WY.
She is currently represented by the Samuel Owen Gallery.