Leon's Thoughts on Art

C-Shop, Coffee Shop UChicago Painting in Artistic License Exhibit: Studio 659

 


C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago  


My painting, C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago, is on display in the “Artistic License” exhibit at Studio 659, Indiana, until November 30th.


Artistic License Exhibit At Studio 659


It’s the second year for this juried exhibit at Studio 659.  Indiana artist and art professor, Lou Shields, is this year’s juror.  Artists were invited to use artistic license in selecting the best of their art, and applied from across the country.


Opening Reception is on this Friday, November 8, 7-9PM.  Prizes and awards will be given in the first hour,


I’m very pleased that two of my paintings, C-Shop and Preacher Man, were accepted. The C-Shop painting is from a series of cityscapes of the Main Quadrangle on the University of Chicago campus. I’ve lived in Hyde Park for many years now and have enjoyed walking through the campus, picnicking at Botany Pond, and having a hot cup of coffee at the C-Shop on a winter's day.  I'm also an architect and my paintings are inspired by the beauty of the Gothic Revival architecture in the Main Quadrangle.  In my art I see the architecture as symbolizing the conservative traditions and stable framework of the university. In contrast change is symbolized by the life and vibrancy of the student population, illustrated with their multiple electronic devices, backpacks, and diversity.


 
 

Preacher Man 


Preacher Man is a figurative painting that combines both abstract and realistic approaches.  In this artwork, I use high contrasts of light and dark to present a quickly readable abstract pattern, which in turn contains realistic details and modeling in the shaded and highlighted areas.

 

A Little About Us - Studio 659: Studio 659 is an Art Studio in the heart of the historic downtown district of Whiting, Indiana at 1413 119th Street.  Located only 30 minutes from Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, Studio 659 is not only an art gallery but a studio which offers classes to youth and adults as well as puts on live music events, book signings and more.The Studio is headed by the Whiting Arts Council which was a brainchild of Mayor Joe Stahura.  The Council is made up of representatives from all of Whiting's artistic organizations including: Whiting Lakefront Symphony, Marian Theatre Guild, Arts Alive!, 119th Street. Artists, Calumet College, Whiting High School's Art Department as well as at-large members of the community who have art backgrounds.


Hours of Operation:

Thursday & Friday - Noon - 7 pm

Saturdays - 10 am - 2 pm.


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