Leon's Thoughts on Art

ColorPlay: Solo Exhibit At The Bernard Gallery, May - June 2015


Opening Reception for ColorPlay

I’m very pleased to invite you to my solo exhibit, ColorPlay, at the Bernard Gallery at Calumet College of Saint Joseph in Whiting, Indiana.

When:  The reception is this coming Wednesday, June 3rd, from 4:30 to 6:30. The reception and refreshments are free and open to the public.  I look forward to chatting about my art with new friends and old.  The exhibit is installed and continues until Friday, June 19th.  

What: ColorPlay. Bold lines interlacing the excitement of color…  Many of my oil paintings are on display.  I use color as a driving force to create art that is recognizable to the viewer, yet abstracted from a literal representation. My art explores the interplay between abstraction and realism across genres such as portrait, still life and cityscape paintings. For example, my painting of “Botany Pond” on the University of Chicago campus, presents a Chicago scene in a way that is representational without being photorealistic.


Botany Pond


Where:   The Bernard Gallery, curated by Martin Martinez, is located on the second floor of Calumet College of Saint Joseph, 2400 New York Avenue, Whiting, Indiana.


About Bernard Gallery

Bernard Gallery is part of Calumet College of St. Joseph, which is a private institution of higher learning located at 2400 New York Avenue in Whiting, Indiana. Currently serving approximately 1,300 students, the college has provided access to education for students of the Calumet Region since 1951 and offers Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.  The curator of the Bernard Gallery, Martin Martinez, is on faculty in the Digital and Studio Arts  program.  For information regarding the exhibit, please contact Martin Martinez at 473-4384 or mmartinez@ccsj.edu.

About Leon Sarantos

Mr. Sarantos was born in Indiana and now lives in Chicago.  He spent his boyhood in Midland, Michigan.  There he admired the many beautiful buildings designed by Alden B. Dow, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. This inspired Leon to become an architect, but he has always made time for art as well. He graduated from the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan.  He studied art at the the Hyde Park Art Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His paintings are inspired by his love of color - color swirls over the canvas, with strong, lively brush strokes.  Although he often creates abstract paintings, he also combines architecture and art by painting cityscape scenes.  He lives near the University of Chicago and enjoys painting the Gothic buildings on campus.  He also creates figurative art, landscapes and still life paintings.

Leon has exhibited his art in galleries and venues throughout the area including: South Shore Arts in Munster, Paul Henry’s Art Gallery and White Ripple Gallery in Hammond, as well as CornerStone Gallery and Studio 659 in Whiting.  His art has also been displayed in Chicago venues, such as Hyde Park Art Center, Studio Oh and Zhou Brothers Art Center.

He has won several awards and honors, including Best of Show at CornerStone Gallery, and First Prize at the Beverly Art Center in Chicago. Most recently his landscape, “Winter Woods,” received an Honorable Mention at the Indigenous Landscapes exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center.  He is a juried member of the Union Street Gallery Guild.  He is also the Gallery Director at CornerStone Gallery.  His art is in private collections nationally from coast to coast, as well as internationally in London and Moscow.


The Digital and Studio Arts  program at Calumet College of St. Joseph


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Pallavi Malhotra said:

Hey Leon,

First of all I want to congratulate you for this solo exhibition. The painting that is shown here is very pretty.

Friday, September 11th

Arti Singh said:

The bold colors in the painting and the unique view makes this painting more beautiful. The creative artist's artwork looks very real.

Wednesday, October 7th

IshaniGupta said:

This is a very beautiful painting and good work by the artist, thank you for sharing the beautiful painting with us.

Tuesday, November 3rd