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Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court, Cityscape by Leon Sarantos at Hyde Park Art Center, Until March 17, 2012

by Leon Sarantos in New Exhibit

Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court, Cityscape Painting


Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court portrays a scene from the Main Quadrangle on the University of Chicago campus, painted from the gargoyle’s perspective atop Cobb Gate. Cobb Gate is a neo-Gothic archway at the northern entrance to the Main Quadrangle of the University of Chicago campus.  The gate, complete with gargoyles, was donated by Cobb to the university in 1900.  According to university lore, gargoyles at the bottom of the gate represent first-year students, second and third-years climb the gate, with this large griffin at the top representing fourth-year students.

My Other paintings on display include two abstract figurative paintings, Fading Flower and Preacher Man.  

Hyde Park Art Center

As an artist, I find it stimulating to continue to study art, and have taken several classes at Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) in recent years.  I’ve especially enjoyed classes with Darrell Roberts, the noted abstract expressionist. I was pleased when Darrell invited me to display several of my paintings in the RP33 meeting room at the center.

Founded in 1939, the Hyde Park Art Center is at once a contemporary art exhibition space, learning lab, community resource, and social hub for artists and art-curious alike.  My painting is available for purchase at HPAC until March 17.

Located at: 5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, Illinois,

Phone: 773 324 5520


Darrell Roberts

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