“Passionate, expressive, urgent, often using palette knives to scrape and make marks into the paint”.
Does the painting convey a mood-state or atmosphere, like an Expressionist painting? What does it prompt you to think about? Are you confronted with a particular color or shape? How does what you’re looking at make you feel? Begin with asking yourself these kinds of questions and you’ll find the answers a lot less mysterious.
The next time you look at an abstract painting, or any kind of “modern art,” don’t begin by searching for some identifiable object from your world. Instead, try to enter the world the artist created.
Relax and let your eye leisurely wander over the painting’s surface. Let your heart and mind react to its colors, shapes, and textures. Let yourself be drawn into the illusion of its spaces, the action of its lines, the mood of its atmosphere.
Landscape art ranges from highly detailed and realistic to impressionistic, romantic and idealized. Dutch painters of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that landscape painting became established as an independent genre. Landscape painting became an even more important art form in the 1800s. The impact landscape painting had during this time period was so powerful it required people “to assume that the appreciation of natural beauty and the painting of landscape is a normal and enduring part of our spiritual activity.”
“One of my greatest influences is definitely Errol Boyley – (where it comes to South African Landscapes). I was very honored when Dale Elliot (a very well known and loved SA Artist) called me the “new Errol Boyley of South Africa’ .
Ivan van Vuuren, personal friend and ex gallery owner and exhibitor of Errol Boyley’s work said the same thing about my work, Lindi van Niekerk, owner of the famous and well known Lindi van Niekerk Gallery in Durbanville has also said the same .To be compared to the likes of Errol Boyley is an absolute honour and privilege.”
“I’ve also been called the ‘modern Rembrandt’ because of my love of Verdacchio. I love the richness of their colouring and size of canvasses. I believe that Rembrandt was one of the first “impressionist”. Have close up look to his style and technique. ”
“I developed a love for landscapes and also for the work and coloring of Turner and Constable. Turner for his use of soft focus and bright coloring. English Romantic landscape painter, water-colorist, and print maker. He was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting
I love his use of light, he was also called “the painter of light”and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism.”
A still life is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on). Generally a still life includes a fully depicted background, and puts aesthetic rather than illustrative concerns as primary. Still life occupied the lowest rung of the hierarchy of genres, but still has been extremely popular with buyers. Still-life reproduces a ‘slice of life’.
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"Art can compared to making music or writing a novel. A single painting has a beginning, middle or end. It has a theme, a plot, a context or direction. It's a one-off, never to be repeated again."
"The viewer is the one who brings the painting to life. The viewer looking, and wondering at the content (or lack thereof), gives it the reason why it exists, and where it's going. They want an experience, not an instance; they want to feel like they're on a journey, immersed or involved with something meaningful. Something that touches the mind, heart and spirit."
"This is the role of the artist to find the deepest feelings of human nature and expose them to the good or the bad. I choose to follow hope and life."
With the dawn of the new millennium, however, she returned with new vigour to her canvasses and brushes, and within a short period of time her renewed application and enthusiasm has enabled her to devote herself entirely to her unique brand of Art. As a result, she has been painting full-time since 2002.
She believes that the work in itself should be sufficient and powerful enough to carry out the message she is attempting to express. Overall, her art is treated as an exclusive message to her audience. The artist feels that every painting, whether realistic or abstract, is uniquely destined for the viewer who will recognize the message as his or her own. Each picture is a little glimpse of heaven, a moment in which the Creator speaks a personal and very intimate message to His chosen created.
Submerging herself entirely in the creative process, she feels the painting should dictate to the artist, resulting in a spontaneous approach where imperfections are viewed as an integral part of the route to true aesthetic creation.
Leonie's current body of work focus more on romantic abstract landscapes, using thick impasto paint with lots of texture and color. She describes the process of painting as, “passionate, expressive, urgent, often using palette knives to scrape and make marks into the paint”.
Her latest work is influenced by the likes of Errol Boyley and William Turner. Dale Elliot, one of South Africa's most beloved painters, called her the 'new Errol Boyley'.
For the last few years she has been focusing on establishing herself as a serious investment artist. She describes her current work as “Romantic Turnerism” influenced by the likes of Constable, Turner and South African Artist, Errol Boyley, and Adriaan Boshoff.
“Because of my love of Verdacchio and the whole Rembrandt and van Eyk technique and color. I love the richness of their coloring and size of canvasses. I believe that Rembrandt was one of the first “impressionist”. Have close up look to his style and technique.”
“David Leffel, American Still Life Artist , also called a modern incarnation of Rembrandt, has definitely caused me to re-look the whole still life scenery. I love painting classic still life scene with it’s richness and deeper meaning. I think he is the king of still lives (currently living).”
“My abstracts is very much my own thing. Lindi (Lindi van Niekerk Gallery) calls my style ‘Abstract Expressionism’. She has been amazingly generous and encouraging with her praise of my work, saying that she believes I am currently one of the best Abstract Artists in the country. High praise indeed. Originally I was much more known for my abstract work. I developed a love for landscapes and also for the work and coloring of Turner and Constable.”
“Turner for his use of soft focus and bright coloring. He was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting. I love his use of light, he was also called “the painter of light”and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism.”
In addition to numerous solo and joint exhibitions on South African soil, her work forms part of private collections all over Europe, especially Germany and the United Kingdom.
She is also is a multiple award winner and has taken part and either been placed or won some of the most prestigious awards for Fine Art in South Africa, which includes the following: