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Considered one of Britain’s leading photorealist painters, Michael Leonard depicts nudes in various stages of dressing, undressing, and bathing. Working from his own photographs and pencil figure studies, Leonard captures the sensuous forms of the body with luminous paint effects and precise brushwork. As in the dynamic compositions of Edgar Degas’s Bathers, Leonard paints from cropped and angled perspectives, taking the position of the voyeur. “My pictures marry observed reality with abstract values and are often enriched with personal subtexts or echoes of the work of great artists I admire,” he has said.

Selected exhibitions
2019
Forum Gallery at Art on Paper New York 2019Forum Gallery
2018
There's Still Life!Forum Gallery
2013
Singular VisionForum Gallery
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Lincoln Kirstein, 1982-1983

Alkyd-oil on Masonite
19 × 19 in
48.3 × 48.3 cm
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New York
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Medium

Considered one of Britain’s leading photorealist painters, Michael Leonard depicts nudes in various stages of dressing, undressing, and bathing. Working from his own photographs and pencil figure studies, Leonard captures the sensuous forms of the body with luminous paint effects and precise brushwork. As in the dynamic compositions of Edgar Degas’s Bathers, Leonard paints from cropped and angled perspectives, taking the position of the voyeur. “My pictures marry observed reality with abstract values and are often enriched with personal subtexts or echoes of the work of great artists I admire,” he has said.

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