Avran Fine Art presents:
Solo Exhibition with James C. Leonard: “Inner Landscapes”
Saturday, February 10th, 2018 (Opening Night & Artist Reception): 6:00-9:00 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Avran Fine Art
540 S. Coast Highway, Suite 106
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Contact: Margo Kosin
Tel: (949) 494-0900
JAMES C. LEONARD: “INNER LANDSCAPES”
Join us at Avran Fine Art on February 10, 2018 for a Solo Exhibition featuring gestural abstract artist, James C. Leonard. Meet the artist and learn more about his work and techniques. Free & open to the public.
James C. Leonard has emerged as one of California’s leading abstract expressionist painters. Leonard’s emotionally charged landscapes often portray backdrops for figures dramatically suspended. Leonard grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and has always been drawn to the early expressionists of the 1930’s and 40’s. The German painter Gerhard Richer has had an influence on his style, approach, and directness. Working with acrylics on canvas, Leonard uses bold horizontal and vertical strokes and strong color palettes. “Art has always been the focus of my life,” he says. “Just as our lives unfold in unique and beautiful ways, so do my paintings have their own unique and individual expression.”
"Leonard’s compositions are entirely non-representational and move the viewer’s eye vertically or horizontally across the 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."
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