Leonard James Little 

1933 - 2010


Leonard came to painting in his mid-forties. He took a one year full time course in Foundation Studies at London Road Art College in Northwich, Cheshire. This was followed by a three year full time course at Manchester Polytechnic, now Manchester Metropolitan University, where he graduated in 1985 with an Honours Degree in Fine Art and a distinction in Liberal Studies.

During his lifetime he exhibited at various locations and his paintings are in collections throughout the U.K. and the continent.

As an Abstract Expressionist, he felt that the subject matter was very important, but should not dominate the composition.


A massive stroke left Leonard unable to paint for the last 12 years of his life. Being cared for at home by his devoted wife Pauline, enabled him to still be immersed in his love for art through his work that still hangs in the family home and being taken to exhibitions when possible.

Leonard always had a lot of time for the younger generation who were hungry for the Arts and even his four children were encouraged to follow their ambition to make careers in the Arts. After Leonard passed away Pauline and the children knew that Leonard would want to help future artists so instead of flowers, friends and family were asked to donate to an art prize fund to be set up in his name.

Overwhelmed with the amount of donations received, the fund was set up with the MMU and the first art prize, The Leonard James Little Fine Art Prize, was awarded in June 2011. There are funds to keep the prize going for a few years but it is the family's wish to keep the fund going for as long as possible. A percentage of the money from the sale of the items on this website, taken from Leonard's artwork, will go towards keeping that fund alive along with the memory of Leonard for as long as possible.







Leonard during his time at Manchester Polytechnic