February 2018 - Fans and collectors of Linda Leslie’s art have been excited to learn that ROMANTIC NARRATIVE - the Contemporary Art of Linda Leslie has been published by Art Guild Press. This book provides a context for her work by tracing her background, thematic elements and landmarks in her work and life. People new to Leslie’s body of work also find ROMANTIC NARRATIVE compelling in that it includes a comprehensive collection of 128 images of original art spanning 40 years of her career as an artist. The reader can follow Leslie’s progress at developing her technique, motifs and a distinctive style in paintings which suggest a sensual, moody story that is never made completely explicit, but which the viewer senses is present in the otherwise graceful, quiet figures and landscapes. ROMANTIC NARRATIVE was written and designed by John Witham, with contributions by Linda Leslie, Scott MacLaren, Lisa Simon, Ph.D. and Bradley Weaver. The exceptionally fine color separations and pre-press production is by Robert Erlichman, of Art Guild Press. The 11 x 11 inch format features a hard cover with scuff-free matte laminate, foil stamped, embossed and spot UV coated. It’s 155 pages are printed on 100# Phoenixmotion Xantur Text. This paper is beautiful as the foundation for these representations of Leslie’s work. ROMANTIC NARRATIVE - the Contemporary Art of Linda Leslie (ISBN: 978-0-9887791-7-4) is initially being released in the US exclusively through independent bookstores and galleries. Please see the list below for specific outlets, and check back as more are added. In Missoula, MT - it is available at Radius Gallery, 114 E Main (406) 541-7070; Fact & Fiction, 220 Higgins (406) 721-2881; Shakespeare & Co.,103 S. 3rd St. West (406) 549-9010. In Santa Fe, NM - at Collected Works, 202 Galisteo St. (505) 988-4226 In New Orleans,LA - at M Contemporary, 906 Royal ST (504) 523-2022 We will be adding more outlets eventually. Until then, if you are interested in the book please contact one of the outlets above.
So many wonderful things are happening with my artwork lately that I've decided to start sharing my news through an e-newsletter. You can sign up here Perhaps the most exciting announcement this month is that, since moving to Missoula, I have officially joined the Radius Gallery's roster of represented artists. My work has been showing in Missoula for a few months, and Radius will be carrying my work on a regular basis going forward. Right now I’m getting seven paintings ready for a show there called “Object, Manner, Means: The Art of Representation.” If you are near Western Montana, I hope you'll be able to visit the gallery for the Opening Reception on Friday, May 26, from 4 PM to 7 PM. The exhibit will run through July 1 at 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802. For more info, visit the Radius Gallery website
...a darker Mary Cassatt. -Devon Moore
[her] distinctive style and approach to realism appears to be a fluid, intuitive and thought provoking, resulting in works that are enigmatic and contemplative in nature. -Angela Di Bello, Director, Agora Gallery
I have been studying classical figure painting for 40 years and have reached a point in my career at which I choose to utilize artistic freedom and experimentation. I work with a limited palette and begin by working either from life, previous drawings, or memory, allowing the painting to direct me in its creation. I am inspired by and work mostly with the figure. I incorporate elements of contemplation, beauty, fantasy, and magic. What sets my work apart from that of other artists is an atmosphere of romance and a feeling of quietude and peacefulness. Every day I paint, and when I paint, I enter the world that I am creating in the painting.
"I admire artists like Leslie, who bring a fresh voice to figurative art. Leslie’s contribution is enormous and indeed much needed. The quality of how she moves paint is subtle, skillful and confident. You just don’t see that commitment every day." –Jay Etkin, Jay Etkin Gallery-Contemporary and Ethnographic Works of Art
"...the mystery of the place and the beautiful use of color - black and yellow or gray - in such a subtle way that all becomes one. Very feminie and intuitive." -Shanti Bannwart
"...very calming, peaceful..." -a gallery visitor