Medium

Leonard’s compositions are entirely non-representational and move the viewer’s eye vertically or horizontally across space. This basic movement is complicated by layers of dripped, speckled and fragmented colors that infuse not only a rich language of color but also a visual history left to be discovered by the eye as it moves across the surface. Leonard’s inventive layering process using an "extended palette knife" results in heavy impasto, or textured, surfaces with a glossy, wet shine making them particularly stunning when seen in person. He prefers to call himself a "colorist" and listens to the work as it develops, often carrying an element of smooth transition that he relates to water.

Selected exhibitions
2019
Winter's EndThornwood Gallery
James Leonard "Inside and Outside the Layers"Blue Gallery
2018
James C. Leonard Solo Exhibition: Inner LandscapesAvran Fine Art
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East To West, 2015

Acrylic on canvas
54 × 54 in
137.2 × 137.2 cm
$10,000 - 15,000
Location
Laguna Beach
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Medium

Leonard’s compositions are entirely non-representational and move the viewer’s eye vertically or horizontally across space. This basic movement is complicated by layers of dripped, speckled and fragmented colors that infuse not only a rich language of color but also a visual history left to be discovered by the eye as it moves across the surface. Leonard’s inventive layering process using an "extended palette knife" results in heavy impasto, or textured, surfaces with a glossy, wet shine making them particularly stunning when seen in person. He prefers to call himself a "colorist" and listens to the work as it develops, often carrying an element of smooth transition that he relates to water.

Selected exhibitions (3)
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