Leon's Thoughts on Art
My Painting: C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago, at South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center, March, 2012
C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago
The C-Shop painting is part of a series of cityscapes of the Main Quadrangles 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. The strong, stone buildings symbolize the enduring conservative traditions and stable framework of the university. In contrast, change is symbolized by the life and vibrancy of the ever-changing student population, illustrated with their multiple electronic devices, backpacks, and diversity.
South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art CenterThis painting is part of a group exhibit and competition, South Side Impressions at the Beverly Art Center, throughout this March. Chicago, including the Hyde Park area, is a fascinating subject for Midwest regional artists. This exhibit showcases the diverse world of the South Side of Chicago. Artistic impressions reflect the people, place, culture and landmarks.
Reception: Atrium Gallery, Sunday, March 18, 1-3 PM
The Beverly Art Center is at 2407 W. 111th Street (corner of 111th street and Western Avenue), about 20 minutes from the Loop in Chicago's historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood. The reception will be at the Atrium Gallery this Sunday, March 18, from 1-3 PM. Other Exhibiting artists: Gary Eckstein, Emma Grace Galvan, Brigit Goudie, Sierra D. Harris, Takiyah C. Harris, Valencia Hearon, Jack McCollam, Crystal A. McGrath, Fred Moss, Lindsay Sandbothe, Kyle Schneider, Pierre Seaton, Michelle Valenta, Robert P.Workman, and Regina Ziemann. The exhibit will be on display throughout March. If you are in town, hope you stop by.
Last year I was honored by receiving first prize at this annual exhibit for my painting, Botany Pond.
Botany Pond is one of a series of cityscape artworks, focusing on the Main Quadrangle at the University of Chicago campus. The traditional grey, stone Gothic buildings in the background contrast with the red, blue and green colors used to portray today’s students in the foreground. Botany Pond at the University of Chicago was originally built as an outdoor research lab by John Coulter, who was the first chair of the botany department at the university.
My Botany Pond painting was featured recently at Ink Well online magazine:
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