Shaffer Fine Art Gallery Portland, Oregon 503-295-4979 info@shafferfineart.com Follow us on

Home Page/Artist Index

Back to The Art Of James Leonard

 

 

 

James 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 to the viewer’s emotions.  “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.”

“Most artists work from the outside in, the subject is outside of themselves. I work from the inside out,” says Leonard.  Most artists work with brushes; Leonard works with an extended palette knife. “I’m pulling paint, layering one layer at a time, which creates a sense of history in the painting. It’s like looking at a fence post that’s been repainted over a period of time. You can see the different colors and layers.”

“Great art is such a surprise. It’s so enchanting, so delightfully unexpected and unpredictable. In order to create that, you have to drop the concept of imposing what you think it should be, and allow the work to evolve in its own way. That requires all the skills of listening, allowing, learning to quiet that part of our mind that is constantly telling us how things should be. For me, that’s the essence of creativity.”
- James Leonard

“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 dropped, 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 results in heavy impasto, or textured, surfaces with a glossy, wet shine, making them particularly beautiful when seen in person.” - Urban Tulsa Weekly, 2010.

“There can be thirty or forty layers in one painting, creating the feeling of a ‘waterfall.’  As a final touch, Leonard employs a technique he calls ‘sgrafito’ – scraping lines through the upper layers, so the colors of the ground layers show through. It’s a technique that demands courage and conviction; one misstep can destroy an entire painting.” -Dallas Faulkner

 

 

MUSEUM
AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS:

 

2012 ART BASEL MIAMI, MIAMI, FLORDIA 
2012 INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION BOLD EXPRESSIONS CARMICHAEL CA. 
2010 ANDREWS ART MUSEUM, EXHIBITION, ANDREWS, NC   
2005 ALAMEDA ART CENTER “CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACTS” 
         JUROR: KENNETH BAKER, ART CRITIC, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
2004 SAN DIEGO ART INSTITUTE, MUSEUM OF THE LIVING ARTIST 
         47TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, SAN DIEGO, CA
         AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
2004 ALBANY MUSEUM, INSTITUTE OF HISTORY & ART, ALBANY, NY
2002 BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM, EXHIBITOR, BELLEVUE, WA                  
2001 PALM SPRINGS DESERT MUSEUM, 32ND ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION, 
         ARTISTS COUNCIL AWARD
2001 BELLEVUE ART MUSEUM, EXHIBITOR BELLEVUE, WA                  
2000 SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART: ALL CALIFORNIA JURIED EXHIBITION, 
         SILVER AWARD
1999 FINALEST THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, BEST ART COMPETITION                 

         EXPERIMENTAL CATEGORY AWARD

 

SOLO
EXHIBITIONS:

2012 JOSEPH GIEREK, TULSA OK.
2012 GALLERY BERGELL, LARKSPUR, CA. 
2012 THORNWOOD ART GALLERY HOUSTON, TEXAS
2011 TWENTY-TWENTY ONE GALLERY ATLANTA, GA
2011 CHLOE FINE ARTS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
2010 DOUGLAS FLANDERS ART, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 
2010 GALLERY BERGELLI, LARKSPUR, CA 
2010 RUE 32 GALLERY, DENVER, CO 
2009 DOUGLAS FLANDERS ART, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
2009 GALLERY BERGELLI, LARKSPUR, CA
2009 GALLERY MENSING, BERLIN, GERMANY
2008 NUSSBAUMER FINE ART, SANTA FE, NM       
2008 GALLERY BERGELLI, LARKSPUR, CA
2007 SOREN CHRISTENSON, NEW ORLEANS, LA 
2006 GALLERY BERGELLI, LARKSPUR, CA 
2006 MARION MEYERS, LAGUNA BEACH, CA  
2005 JOSEPH GIEREK, TULSA, OK
2005 MARION MEYERS, LAGUNA BEACH, CA   
2004 GALLERY BLUE, KANSAS CITY, MI
2003 ART WORKS, VANCOUVER, BC
2003 MELANIE COOPER, CHICAGO, ILL
2002 R.DUANE REED GALLERY, ST.LOUIS, MO
2002 GALLERY BERGELLI, LARKSPUR, CA
2002 MARION MEYERS, LAGUNA BEACH, CA   
2001 GALLERY BERGELLI, LARKSPUR, C         
2000 FREDRICK CLEMENT, MONTCLARE, NJ
1999 BLUE MOUNTAIN GALLERY, NEW YORK, NY  

1997 CHARLES HESPE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1997 LISA STEINMETZ GALLER, ST. LOUIS, MO
1996 CARTHEW THOMPSON, BEVERLY HILLS
1996 LYA ART GALLERY SANTA FE, NM
1996 DELPHINE GALLERY, SANTA BARBARA, CA
1995 CHARLES HESPE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1995 LYA GALLERY, SANTA FE, NM
1994 DELPHINE GALLERY, SANTA BARBARA, CA

 

GROUP
EXHIBITIONS:

2012 NEW ACQUISITONS, FLANDERS MINNEAPOLIS, MN
2012 GALLERY BERGELLI, LARKSPUR, CA 
2012 NEW ACQUISITONS, FLANDERS MINNEAPOLIS, MN
2011 HENNES ART CO, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
2011 JOSEPH GIEREK, TULSA, OK. 
2010 SOREN CHRISTENSON NEW ORLEANS, LA

2009 EDGE GALLERY, PHILADELPHIA, PA
2009 LAKES’ SOTHEBYS, EDINA, MN
2007 MENSING GALLERY, FRANKFURT, GERMANY
2005 MELANIE COOPER, CHICAGO, ILL
2004 BENNETT ST. GALLERY, ATLANTA, GA
2003 IN GOOD COMPANY, BOSTON, MA
2002 MALTON GALLERY, CINCINNATI, OH                  
2001 PONCHO INVITATIONAL FINE ART, SEATTLE, WA
2001 SCULPTURE SHOWCASE, NEW HOPE, PA                           
2000 BERGELLI GALLERY, LARKSPUR, CA              
1999 WORLD VIEW, ETHNIC DIVERSITY & NEW HORIZONS FOR THE
         MILLENNIUM, DANVILLE, CA
1997 ART JONCTION, NICE, FRANCE 
1996 MACROMEDIA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 

 

COLLECTIONS:

3I CORPORATION, WALTHAM, MA
ABRY PARTNERS, BOSTON, MA
ACADIAN ASSET MANAGEMENT INC., BOSTON, MA
ADOBE SYSTEMS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
ALUMAX CORP. HEADQUARTERS, ATLANTA, GA
ANDREW SPANGLER, SPANGLER LAW P.C. LONGVIEW, TEXAS 
APPIA DEVELOPMENTS, VANCOUVER, CANADA
ARTHUR ANDERSON, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
ASCENT ART VENTURES LLC., DALLAS, TX
AXIS, HAMILTON, BERMUDA
BIOGEN INC., CAMBRIDGE, MA
BOSTON STOCK EXCHANGE, BOSTON, MA
BROOKFIELD POWER, MARLBOROUGH MA 
BROOKSTONE INC., AMHERST, NH
BURNS & LEVINSON, BOSTON, MA
CB RICHARD ELLIS, WALNUT CREEK, CA
CENTRE SOLUTIONS, BERMUDA
CETRULO & CAPONE, BOSTON, MA
COLOR KENITICS, BOSTON, MA
COLLEGE PARK MUSIC DEPT, PLEASANT HILL, CA. 
COMPUTER ASSOCIATES INTERNATIONAL
CORNNUTS TOASTED CORN, OAKLAND, CA
DDJ CAPITOL, BOSTON, MA
DECORATE YOUR WALLS, SEATTLE, WA. 
DELIOTTE CONSULTING BOSTON, MA                  
DRISCOLL AGENCY, BOSTON, MA
DWYER & COLLORA, BOSTON, MA
EDINBORO UNIVERSITY, ENINBORO, PA
EDWARDS & ANGELL, BOSTON, MA
ELLEN O. TAUSHER, CONGRESSWOMAN, 10TH DISTRICT
EPSTEIN BECKER & GREENBOSTON, MA                  
FACTORY MOTOR PARTS, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA
FAIRMONT WATERFRONT HOTEL,VANCOUVER CANADA 
FENWAY VENTURES LLC.,  BOSTON, MA
FILMTWIST.COM SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 
FLANDERS, DOUGLAS AND ASSOCIATES, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
FLORIDA CREDIT UNION, TALLAHASSEE, FL
FM GLOBAL, WALTHAM, MA.
FSP PHOENIX TOWER LTD., HOUSTON, TX
GOODWIN, PROCTER & HOAR, BOSTON, MA
HADCO, CANTON, MA
HALE & DORR LAW OFFICES, BOSTON, MA
HARVARD VANGARD MEDICAL ASS. BOSTON, MA. 
HYATT REGENCY, VANCOUVER, CANADA
HINKIE & FORAN, TALLAHASSEE, FL 
HOFFMAN COMPANIES, BOSTON, MA. 
INN AT THE OPERA PLAZA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
INTERFACE CONSULTING INT., HOUSTON, TX
INTEGRATED FINANCIAL PARTNERS BOSTON, MA.
IOI INC. BOSTON, MA. 
ISSACSON MILLER, WASHINGTON, D.C.
JACK MORTON WORLDWIDE, BOSTON, MA
JOULE UNLIMITED INC. BEDFORD, MA.
KAISER PERMANTE HOSPITAL, VALLEJO, CA
KIM COPELAND PRODUCTIONS, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
KEG RESTAURANT, TORONTO, RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO, ST. JAMES WINNIPEG, CANADA
LARSON-JUHL CORP, CRAIG & JUNE PONIZO
LIFOKA GRAFISCHE, DEN HAAG, HOLLAND
LOEWS HOTELS, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
LOOPER, REED, MARK & MCGRAW, HOUSTON, TX
MARRIOTT COPLEY PLACE, BOSTON, MA. 
MATHEMATICA POLICY RESEARCH WASHINGTON, DC 
MAYER, BROWN, ROWE, & MAW, WASHINGTON, DC
MEANY & OLIVER, MCLEAN, VA
MFA MOODY, FAMIGLIETTE & ANDRONICO,TEWKSBURY, MA.
MIRION TECHNOLOGIES INC, SAN RAMON, CA 
MOPAR, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
MOTOROLA COMPANY, DALLAS, TX
NASA’S STENNIS SPACE CENTER, STARKVILLE, MS
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, BOSTON, MA
PACIFIC UNION REAL ESTATE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
PALMER & DODGE, BOSTON, MA
PILKO & ASSOCIATES, HOUSTON, TX
PRINCE, LOBEL, GLOVSKY & TYE, LLP., BOSTON, MA
PRINCE, LOBEL, GLOVSKY & TYE, BOSTON, MA
SAGE HILL PARTNERS, CAMBRIDGE, MA
SANFORD BERNSTEIN, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
SCHNAEDER, HARRISON, SEGAL & LEWIS LAWOFFICES, ATLANTA, GA
SCM MICROSYSTEMS, LOS GATOS, CA
SCUDDER, STEVENS & CLARK, BOSTON, MA
SHIRE PHARMACEUTICALS, BOSTON, MA
SIMPLEX CORP, WESTMINSTER, MA
SIMPLEX INC., BOSTON, MA
SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, & FLOM, BOSTON, MA
SKY ACROSS, TOKYO, JAPAN
SOUNDBOARD CONSULTING GROUP LLC BOONTON TOWNSHIP, N. J. 
STONEBRIDGE ASSOCIATES, BOSTON, MA
SUMMITT BANK, OAKLAND, WALNUT CREEK & EMERYVILLE, CA
SUNSET MAGAZINE IDEA HOUSE, 1999
SYMANTEC CORPORATION, NEW YORK & CUPERTINO, CA
TEWKSBURY, MA
THOMAS MIZO CHADWICK, SAYLOR & CO., LOS ANGELES, CA
TISBURY CAPITAL, BOSTON, MA
TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES, COLUMBUS, GA
TUFTS DENTAL SCHOOL, BOSTON, MA 
UNICCO, AUBURNDALE, MA
USAA LAW OFFICES, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
WASHINGTON REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST, ROCKVILLE, MD
WILMER HALE, NEW YORK, NY
WUSTHOF KNIVES, SOLINGEN, GERMANY
XL CORP. HAMILTON, BERMUDA

 

CRITICAL
REVIEWS:

GALLERIES WEST MAGAZINE 2012
VALLEY SENTINEL, PLEASANTON, CA 2012
ARTNEWS MAGAZINE 2010
URBAN TULSA WEEKLY, TULSA, OK 2010
BOTTOM LINE, PALM DESSERT, 2008
CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 2006
SAN DIEGO NEWS, 2004
LAGUNA NEWS POST, 2000
THE ARTISTS MAGAZINE, 1999
WWW. ABOUT.COM, 1999
THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN, AUGUST,1998
THE GUILD, 1998
ART EXPRESSIONS MAGAZINE, JUNE, 1997
THE ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH, JUNE, 1997

 

EDUCATION:

1976 BACHELOR OF ARTS, FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY, FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

 

TEACHING ART:

1980 -1993 MT. DIABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ADULTS, DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED LAFAYETTE CA.
 

DONATIONS:

USC LAC MEDICAL CENTER DONATION, LOS ANGELES, CA
HIV/AIDS FOUNDATION, HOUSTON, TEXAS 
WORLD VISION INC. NEW YORK, NY
OPEN HANDS PROJECT, SANTA FE, NM
JOE MORGAN INVITATIONAL, OAKLAND, CA
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, VANCOUVER, BC
BREVARD  ALZHEIMERS  FOUNDATION  INC.
SUMMITT BANK FOUNDATION, OAKLAND, CA
PARKINSONS FOUNDATION, SAN JOSE, CA
BAY AREA ADVERTISING RELIEF, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
SUNNYHILLS CHILDRENS GARDEN, SAN ANSELMO, CA
MT. DIABLO BALLET, WALNUT CREEK, CA
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, MT. DIABLO, CA
MUSICIANS SHOWCASE, COLLEGE PARK, PLEASANT HILL, CA. 
LYCEE FRANCAIS LE PEROUS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
THE SMILE TRAIN, NEW YORK, NY
MEALS ON WHEELS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 

 

Shaffer Fine  Shaffer Fine Art Gallery Portland Oregon  Art Gallery

1991 NW Upshur St, Portland OR 97209
Phone (503) 295-4979

info@shafferfineart.com

 


 


Contents copyright Shaffer Fine Art Gallery and its artists. Contents  may not be
reproduced without written permission from the gallery and its artists.
Site created by
Shaffer Web Design.
 

Hit Counter