Mal Leckie currently works from a studio near Coolangatta in Queensland.

He has held 37 solo exhibitions, been in over 40 selected group exhibitions and won 34 art awards for his works. These exhibitions have been held in all Australian states and Territories, Hong Kong and Noumea.

Specialising in landscape painting with a strong traditional connection, he aims to develop the feel of the landscape experience within each work rather than simply the imitated image. However, he only works from direct experience of places, from drawings and small colour sketches done on site. He does NOT copy photographs.

Artworks by Mal Leckie are included in many government, corporate and private collections. His works are in personal collections in 18 countries around the world.

He has also worked with industry and government in a design capacity. His paving design for the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is shown in the Miscellaneous section of this website.


Born  - Perth, Western Australia


Art studies - 1970-74 W.A.I.T. (now Curtin Uni.).  Associateship in Fine Art - Majored in sculpture but also undertook the full programme of painting units (with Guy Grey-Smith). Electives - Photography and Ceramics

Awarded Jackson's Scholarship (1972) as dux aeq. and Channel 7 Young Film-maker Award 1973.

- 1977 W.A.I.T. (now Curtin Uni.) Post Graduate Diploma in Art Education 



Art Master - The Southport School 1974-88

Art Critic - Gold Coast Bulletin 1978-82

Chair - Gold Coast Bicentennial Art Committee 1986-8 

Gold Coast City - Art Acquisition Committee - 1979-86 

Gold Coast City Art Gallery - Advisory panel - 1993-96

Gold Coast Arts Centre Gallery Committee - 1994 - 2007

President - Association of Fine Artists Inc. 1996, 97

Art Columnist - Home and Style Review 1997-9

Tutor – North Coast TAFE 2000-2003

Artist/designer - Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre 2003-4

Gold Coast City Council – Cultural Development Advisory Board 2004-5

Advisory Board – Tweed Regional Gallery 2006-11



37 solo exhibitions and 40+ selected group exhibitions since 1976 in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Darwin, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth, Noumea, Hong Kong and numerous regional centres.


Notable galleries – Victor Mace – Brisbane, Broadbeach Gallery - Gold Coast, Bruce Watling Gallery – Southport, Schubert Gallery – Southport, Soho Gallery – Sydney, Wagner Gallery – Hong Kong, Solander Gallery – Canberra, Gadfly Gallery - Perth



34 awards in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland since 1972,

including the Gold Coast City Art Prize on 3 occasions. 

Notable judges – Alan McCulloch, Udo Schellbach, John Rigby, Barry Pearce, Chris Saines, Jeff Makin, Lawrence Daws, Joseph Brown, Margaret Priest.




Gold Coast City Art Gallery 

Tweed River Art Gallery

Parliament House Collection - Canberra

Parliament House Collection - Brisbane

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery

Barcaldine Shire Collection

Brisbane City Hall Art Gallery

Bond University 

Griffith University 

Commonwealth Bank HQ - Brisbane

Queensland Premier's Department

Commonwealth Club - Canberra

Corporate collections of Qantas, OTC, CRA, AMP, Suncorp,

Ernst and Young, Pat Corrigan, Conrad Jupiter's, Bond University,

Warner Brothers Studios, Bird Cameron - Perth, Rydges Brisbane

and Morris International - Gold Coast.

School collections - St. Alban's, Trinity Lutheran School - Southport

All Saints College - Gold Coast, Somerset College - Gold Coast.

St.Andrew’s Lutheran College, Tallebudgera



McCulloch, Alan - Encyclopedia of Australian Art -  Hutchinson, 1984

Germaine, Max - Artists and Galleries of Australia Craftsman House 1990

Millington, John - Tropical Visions - University of Qld. Press - 1987

McCulloch, A. and S.  Encycl. of Australian Art - Allen and Unwin, 1994.