MICHAEL LEONARD @ FORUM GALLERY
posted: June 1, 2009
Bought a little book a few years ago at a used book store in CT. It was of an artist I'd never heard of before, Michael Leonard. Over the next few years I kept my eyes open, looked for other matierial on line and asked around. I've been so moved by his compositions, poetry, and craft. I showed two books to my graduate class at FIT. One was Edwin Dickinson and and the other Michael Leonard. Turns out that he put up a one man show here in NYC @ the Forum Gallery. It's a really powerful show of figurative work, paintings and exquisit drawings. http://www.forumgallery.com/current_on1.php?id=227 I actually met him the day that I went to see the show. We got to talking and spent the rest of the afternoon talking over lunch. I brought him by the society as well. He was impressed by the work in the student show. We talked about color palettes, degas and wyeth and paul cadmus, gesso, drawing approaches . . . stimulating, deep, artistic conversation. He went back to London that day. The show is up only until June 12. Check it out if you can.