I work with various media, flitting between illustrative drawing and pure abstract painting.  

Each painting is the result of many layers of paint, some are concealed, others graspable. 

Weaving various imagery, I interlock colour and form making something tangible out of memories  My work has always been a comment on the past, often the same subject but with wiser eyes.   connects connections between time, places and people.  


I work from my home studio in Torfaen, South Wales, U.K.  

Debbie Lear's art embodies a slippery dichotomy between conveying a narrative and pure abstract painting.    She works with various media, flitting between illustrative drawing and pure intuitive mark making.  Her paintings move in waves through these two polarised ways of working, until she reaches a composition that satisfies her.  Mysterious traces of narrative hang, ambiguously, alongside painterly strokes in a strange visual dialect.

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Heretik, Group show, Oriel Barker, Pontypool Museum, 2008

Artist in Residence at Trevethin Community School in 2007, creating site-specific work with pupils to mark the school's closure.  

Sinaesthesia, Oriel Barker, Pontypool Museum, 2005. 

Solo show, Court Cupboard Gallery, Abergavenny, 2004

A Sense of Place, g39, Group Exhibition. 2003.


M.B.A. (Creative Industries), University of Wales, Newport, 2013.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Wales, Newport, 2005.

B.A. (hons) Art & Aesthetics, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, 2003.

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