FROM THE STUDIO
After ten years in his London studio, Conrad Leach has relocated to a new workspace in downtown Los Angeles, where he will produce work for upcoming shows in America, Japan and Europe. In this short film by Naoki Tomita, Conrad discusses the move, his relationship with Japan and the creative process. Contact the new studio here.
THE STORY OF LUCKY 13
What began in 2008 as a large-scale canvas painting first exhibited at The Legend of The Motorcycle: Concours d'Elegance, in Half Moon Bay, California, Lucky 13 has become one of Conrad’s most iconic and well-known images. Lucky 13 has since been re-interpreted in various iterations, i.e., limited edition giclée prints, collectible toys, collaborations with fashion brands, and even tattoo art.
In 2010, a limited edition screen-printed version of Lucky 13 appeared in the Japanese magazine LIGHTNING. Along with the release of this version in LIGHTNING magazine, a traditional embroidered sukajan jacket was produced, beautifully combining the sukajan style and Japanese motifs with the iconic imagery of Lucky 13.
The following year, the MediCom Toy company invited Conrad to design a large-scale, hand-painted Be@rbrick figure as part of its Be@rbrick World Wide Tour 2. This large-scale figure, which is part of an on-going travelling exhibition, features the Lucky 13 design scheme and inspired collectible toy versions also produced by MediCom. Later that same year, he created a “Rollerball” version of Lucky 13 for auction during Sideburn Magazine’s Rollerburn event. All proceeds of its sale benefited the EllenorLions Hospice, one of the few hospices in the United Kingdom that provide care to children and young people.
In 2012, images of the LIGHTNING magazine Lucky 13 print in the form of a tattoo started appearing on the Internet.
Conrad collaborated with Les Ateliers Ruby founder and designer Jerome Coste to produce a motorcycle helmet inspired by Lucky 13 in 2013. Later that year, a new-colour, large-scale canvas was created and exhibited at the United State show at Subvecta Motus Gallery in California.
Today, the image continues in the form of a newly released U.S. edition giclée print and the Lucky 13 Studio Edition linoprint, detailed below.
LUCKY 13 STUDIO EDITION, 2014
To mark the relocation of his studio to Los Angeles, Conrad has produced a hand-cut linoprint of the classic Lucky 13 image at the new location.
This limited run of fifty prints is only available directly from the artist's studio. It is a two-colour, hand-cut linoprint on 300 gsm archival paper stock. The print is offered framed and mounted. More details available in the shop.