I discovered painter Sam Leach at Art14 showing with sullivan+strumpf gallery.
http://sullivanstrumpf.com/ These striking paintings feature animals their relationship to humans and science and are informed by the traditions of the 17th century Dutch paintings especially the work of Willem van Aelst and Melchior d’Hondecoeter.
I quote from the press release: ‘For Leach, understanding (in both art and science) is paradoxically aided by selectively removing or reducing information, and as a result artistic representation necessarily entails a level of aesthetic distancing.While delicate interplay between formalist figuration and modernist abstraction in his paintings operates on one level to distance the viewer-to encourae them to look objectively at the subjects-on another level each animal depicted has a symbolic currency that resonates with the audience on a personal level, encouraging the viewer to contemplate their role as living creatures.
His works are in many important collections in Australia, but I have not seen him in Europe before and I find his paintings exquisite and innovative. Here a link to an interview with him at Australian Edge: http://www.australianedge.net/cities/melbourne/artist-sam-leach/