|Study for Self Portrait, 2005|
KITTY LEECH (1957-2015)
On return from Santa Fe and Chicago we learned the tragic news that Kitty Leech died on Wednesday, July 15th. Our relationship with Kitty (named for her grandmother, Katharine McCollum Gallagher) began in 1990 when we started to show the work of her grandfather, Michael J. Gallagher. Kitty and her sister Gwyneth were avid supporters of the work of their grandparents, their mother, Louise Leech, and each others work as well.
Costume design for Sapiens, 1991, for the Amazon Chorus in By Jupiter.
Leech was a draftsman, costume designer, illustrator, photographer, and teacher -- most recently at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Drama Department. She designed the costumes for the original production of Gross Indecency, The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, that debuted at the Minetta Lane Theater, NY, in 1997, and traveled to theaters in the USA and England, including the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End in 1999.
At the Gallery her work was featured in the exhibitions The Gallagher/Leech Family, 2001, the Family Business, 2005, Day Job, 2009, and most recently Families/Cities SHIFT, 2013.
Costume design for Imprints on a Landscape, The Mining Project, 2008, a collaborative piece by the artist’s aunt, the choreographer Martha Wittman. The artist’s niece, Megan Wilson, is the female dancer in this drawing.
Our condolences to her family; we are saddened by her untimely death and will always miss her.