Originally beginning his post-collegiate career as a banker, Sri-Lankan born artist Julian Lethbridge soon moved to New York to begin painting and drawing full time. His first exhibition at Julian Pretto Gallery in 1988 was followed within the next year by one-person exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York and Daniel Weinberg Gallery in San Francisco. Lethbridge's abstraction is cerebral, often based on mathematical or natural principles. Methodically building up his surfaces with pigment, he then incises them with repeated patterns. In the late 1980s and early 1990s Lethbridge limited his work to shades of black and white, mining the richness of monochromatic painting. Since then he has begun to introduce vibrant colors and more gestural brushwork into his paintings
Lethbridge’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and can be found in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Tate Gallery, London, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago and The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. In 1988, Julian Lethbridge was awarded the Francis J. Greenburger Award.
—Courtesy of John Berggruen Gallery