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Opening Event

Please join us for a drink at the opening event of ‘Encaustic Alchemy – Divine Revelations in Wax’, on Friday 1 November at 6 pm. 

A walk-about and explanation of paintings and techniques will be conducted by the artist.The exhibition will feature exquisite pieces, all for sale.

Venue: The Studio Art Gallery , Simonstown

Opening night and Walkabout Saturday 1 November 2019 18:00 for 18:30 PM

Through her gorgeous, ethereal paintings, artist Leonie.e.Brown creates a tangible representation of the spiritual. To her, this is always uplifting and full of hope – The artist reflects the relationship between faith and life and between the real and the imaginary on the various levels and surfaces of the painting, one that can be experienced, but never formed into a thought.

The process of pouring hot wax over a precious painting and then carving and scraping away at it, even deliberately damaging and removing the previous layers, adds a spiritual and sculptural element to the painting. Often the wax creates surprising revelations, revealing the beauty of imperfections.

The wax surface entices and invites the viewer to touch and experience the paintings sensual and tactile surface. The surface of the painting is made up of layers of oils, inks and wax, which give the finished work a three dimensional quality.

Behind the scenes with Leonie.e.Brown Artist.

A sense of seeing through the top layer into hidden messages and layers below. The layering give the work a softness and richness that invites the viewer to look closer and to experience the satin smooth surface through touch,. The wax layers get more and more translucent through the warmth emanating from the exploring human hand.

The viewers becomes a part of the slow change and clarity of the painting…as if the message is rising from the depth of the hidden soul to the surface of the mind There is a strange ethereal beauty in these paintings, as if they were made from air.

With her works of art, Brown excites her spectators with courageous colors, bold brushstrokes, and non concrete nuances – her works are, simply put, a burst of explosive energy. However, it is not just all about aesthetics. Her paintings tell a remarkable, personal story that she hopes will inspire her audiences. A self-professed “wandering eye poet, texture worshiper, and eclectic color fanatic”, Brown’s raw talent and adaptability have resulted in her proliferating success that she considers with a sense of pride but also that of deep humility.

Artist’s Statement

“My art is a protest against mindless nihilism. I try to let my work contrast and offer an alternative to the dark aspects of life, rather than commenting on them explicitly. It’s about living in the moment and enjoying that moment. Sucking the marrow out of the bone…It’s about choosing NOT to live within the Greek mindset, but to access and choose to live out of the spirit, and not of the mind. I believe our spirits and not our minds, define who we are and reflect a lot about humans and their behavior towards themselves and others.”

“I want to evoke emotions through my painting – hopefully this speaks to your inner self, but as long you feel something, my goal has been achieved.”

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