Artist | Creator of Encaustic Art that Inspires…
“I want my paintings to be larger than life They should leap off the walls and overwhelm you with their tactile, chocolate thick, syrupy color and texture”.
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, exhibiting and selling her unique brand of Art since 2002.
Leonie has explored different media throughout her career, but in the last years she has focus her attention and research on Encaustica.
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.
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.