|ME, POSING WITH MY PAINTING, 'LOVE AT LAST', SUMMER 2010
I was born in Barnstable, Devon, in 1968 and has spent most of his life living
in the South West of Britain. He studied Illustration at Falmouth School of Art and Design between 1991 and 1994. In
1995 he painted his first murals at the Bark House Restaurant in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Between 1996 and 1998 he painted
various murals in the city of Bristol. In the year 2000 Yuri moved to Glastonbury where he still lives and works as a self-employed
artist. In 2006 he had the pleasure of painting various mini murals throughout the bar and dining room of Glastonbury's
15th century George & Pilgrims hotel. In 2007 his first book was published, GWYN, ancient god of Glastonbury and key
to the Glastonbury Zodiac, (published by The Temple Publications, written and illustrated by Yuri Leitch). In 2011 (and
ongoing) he began painting murals in the Covenstead (witchcraft-themed) Bed & Breakfast, Glastonbury. In 2013 he edited
(and heavily illustrated) the anthology, Signs & Secrets of the Glastonbury Zodiac. Over a seven year period (beginning
in 2008) he illustrated the fifty images for the Sacred Sites Oracle Cards for Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, which was finally
published in 2015. In 2017 Barbara Meiklejohn-Free and Flavia Kate Peters published the Shamanic Medicine Oracle Cards which
were also illustrated by Yuri Leitch. Yuri has done many other commissions - book illustrations, book covers, and so on.
He has a number of ongoing projects; the main one is the Well Maidens of the Summerlands (www.wellmaidens.co.uk); creating
the Mithraic Tarot with Alan Royce; illustrating and editing The Chronicles of Ogus (wriiten by his father); creating his
own books on the Ogham Grove; illustrating a graphic novel, 'Maltwood', for his own amusement; and editing The Maltwood
I was born in Devon in 1968. On my father's side we have Scottish blood - 'Leitch' are of
the Clan MacBeath; and on my mother's side my blood is Irish/Welsh - my mother's maiden-name is 'Morgan'.
My name, Yuri, is Russian (but I am not), it is also a Japanese girl's name and in Japan it means 'Lily'.
My mother named me after the 1965 film, Dr Zivago - the main character, played by Omar Sharif, was Yuri Zivago; my father
went along with it because of the popularity of Yuri Gagarin - the first person to journey into outer space.