|James Leonard is one of California’s leading abstract expressionist painters. Working with an extended palette knife and acrylics on canvas, he creates bold horizontal and vertical strokes in strong colors in order to trigger the viewer’s emotions. This basic movement is complemented by the inventive layering of dropped, speckled and fragmented colors that create a sense of additional depth.
Leonard’s paintings have ambient landscape qualities and can have thirty or forty layers in one painting. His final touch employs a technique he calls sgrafito – scraping lines through the upper layers, so the colors of the ground layers show through. He also uses white masterfully, allowing it to pick up the hues of the colors around it while still retaining its whiteness. Leonard leaves viewers room to construct their own narratives around shapes and colors.
James Leonard exhibits paintings internationally. His works also reside in private and corporate art collections across the United States and Europe.
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