“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. My work is 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.“
The versatility and raw artistic talent of Leonie E. Brown has been recognized and celebrated at a very early stage in this prolific painter’s career. At the tender age of twenty-two she has already won the prestigious 1986 Volkskas (now ABSA) Atelier Fine Art Award, in addition to both the Schweicherd and Gregoire Boonzaaier Art Bursaries the year before. As is often the case, such esteemed accolades can exert a substantial amount of pressure on a young artist, and for Leonie it was no different. A time of intense introspection followed, resulting in a clean break from painting for a period of ten years.
With the dawn of the new millennium, however, she returned with new vigor 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.
I believe that the work in itself should be sufficient and powerful enough to carry out the message I am attempting to express. Overall, my art is treated as an exclusive message to my audience. 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. I am passionate, expressive and urgent, often using palette knives to scrape and make marks into the paint to create the message.
Leonie’s current body of work focus more on Encaustic and Oil paintings. Encaustic medium is a blend of oils, wax, resin and shellac . Working with a heat gun or blow torch, Leonie uses oil paint mixed with wax to create translucent and romantic images of watery landscapes and distant star galaxies. Leonie’s work has been featured in numerous magazines including the exclusive SA Artist, Conde Nast and Slow Magazines.
I find the encaustic medium absolutely fascinating, watching the paint changes as you heat it up. I love the unpredictable nature of Encaustica and that eternal search for the perfectly smooth and translucent finish. Encaustic art is pure alchemy.
I’m driven to continually experiment and try new mixes and materials. My passion for art and what I do is what keeps me coming back to the studio.
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.