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Exploring Helen Frankenthaler’s Captivating Paintings from the 1990s

Posted on: August 23rd, 2023 by Art Leaders No Comments
Abstract Expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler in 1990

Helen Frankenthaler, 1990 | Image Credit Yousuf Karsh

Exploring Helen Frankenthaler’s Captivating Paintings from the 1990s

Helen Frankenthaler was a trailblazing artist known for her innovative techniques and profound contributions to Abstract Expressionism. Her art continued to captivate art collectors throughout the 1990s. This era marked a period of evolution leading to the creation of a series of mesmerizing paintings that showcased her mastery of color, form, and emotion. In this blog post, we delve into the enchanting world of Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings from the 1990s, thus exploring their significance and enduring allure.

The Essence of Color and Emotion

During the 1990s, Helen Frankenthaler’s work took on a renewed sense of introspection. Color would play a central role in conveying emotion and atmosphere. Furthermore, her paintings from this era often featured vibrant, bold hues compared with delicate washes, creating a harmonious interplay of tones. “Harbor,” painted in 1995, shows this technique. Layers of translucent colors evoke a serene yet profound emotional depth, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the artist’s inner world.

Evolution of Technique

While Frankenthaler remained true to her signature “soak-stain” technique, the 1990s witnessed an evolution in her approach. Experimentation with layering and mixed colors became more pronounced, resulting in works that exuded complexity and depth. “Spring Harbor” (1996) showcases her evolving technique, with layers of paint merging seamlessly. Thus creating an intricate visual narrative that reflects the artist’s matured sensibilities.

Untitled, 1997 by Helen Frankenthaler is an original acrylic painting on paper. This abstract painting has browns, teals, yellows and purples .Framed with a white linen mat and thin gold leaf frame.

Untitled, 1997 | Framed Original Painting Available at Art Leaders Gallery

Narrative Abstraction

Frankenthaler’s paintings from the 1990s often evoke a sense of narrative abstraction. As a result, viewers are invited to interpret and connect with the artwork on a

personal level. For example, “Sunny Side Up” (1992) shows dynamic shapes and colors seem to dance across the canvas Thus, allowing for a multitude of interpretations and emotional responses. This aspect of her work underscores her ability to bridge the gap between the abstract and the tangible.

Legacy and Influence

Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings from the 1990s not only left a mark on the art world but also paved the way for contemporary artists to explore new realms of expression. Her fearless experimentation with color, technique, and emotion continues to inspire artists to push boundaries and embrace innovation.

In conclusion, Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings from the 1990s are a testament to her commitment to artistic evolution. Through her vibrant layered colors, and narrative abstraction, she invited viewers to embark on a journey of self-discovery and interpretation. As we reflect on this era of her artistic legacy, we are reminded of the enduring power of art to evoke emotions and ignite imaginations. For more information, visit the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s website.

Untitled, 1997  is available for purchase at Art Leaders Gallery. Please contact the gallery with any inquiries.

Contemporary Art for your Dining Room

Posted on: September 15th, 2022 by Art Leaders No Comments

3 Contemporary Art Ideas for the Dining Room

Published September 15th, 2022

Spice up your dining room this fall with a new contemporary painting! With the holidays fast approaching, its time to get your hosting space ready for friends, family and loved ones. Original artwork can spruce up any space and bring new life and visual interest. Below, find three of our favorite contemporary artworks that work in any neutral contemporary dining space.

Rodney Denne

Local Detroit artist, Rodney Denne, creates bold figurative and abstract paintings. In fact, many of his pieces include layers of colors and symbols that are sure to start conversations! Featured  the title painting from his Exposed series, a perfect contemporary art piece for your dining room.

David Ma

David Ma’s original contemporary abstract paintings showcase an appreciation for the natural world. For instance, his use of color paired with the gestural texture of the paint creates an organic scene only nature can create. Furthermore, The organic nature of his artworks create a calming and serene atmosphere for your dining space.

Ekaterina Ermilkina

Contemporary artist, Ekaterina Ermilkina paints abstract cityscapes that are full of texture and color. These textured oil paintings resemble a mosaic due the heavy specks of color and shape, giving the viewer a feeling of unity and togetherness. What better way to represent the unity of family and friends than enjoying a stunning original painting by Ermilkina in your dining room.

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Detroit Elite Eight

Posted on: June 28th, 2022 by Art Leaders No Comments

Michigan’s Best Artists share their inspiration

Published on June 28th, 2022

Michigan is home to many talented artists, and Art Leaders Gallery recognizes just how important local art can be to the community. Throughout July, the gallery will be exhibiting eight of our talented local artists. The Detroit Elite Eight are not only making an impact in the Detroit Metro, but many of our artists have been recognized internationally.

In addition, we often connect to the story and inspiration behind artists and their artwork. Read about where the Detroit Elite Eight find their inspiration and what their work means to them below.

Antonio Molinari – Abstracts

Detroit Elite Eight

Where do you find your inspiration?

“I find inspiration in nature.  There is so much to draw from, the beautiful shapes, colors, and textures.  Just stepping outside I constantly discover so many ideas to pursue.  I also draw inspiration from design.  Proportions, line work, and the simplicity of things I find attractive.  I feel the combination of these influences create something unique and fresh.

How has art impacted your life?

“Art is vital to me as a person.  It’s not a hobby to me it is so much more.  I physically and emotionally need art.  I need the visual stimulation and emotional expression of art.  It touches a part of my spirit that nothing else can.”

What is the purpose or goal of your work?

“The goal of my work is to captivate viewers and stimulate their imagination.  Take them out of their current state, let them lose themselves in the painting.  I want viewers to forget stresses and feel inspired. The goal is to bring them on journey each time they view the art in hopes that they discover new hidden details each time.”

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Gerd Schmidt – Landscapes

Detroit Elite Eight

Where do you find your inspiration?

“I find my inspiration everywhere, constantly in awe of nature and the world we live in. I am lucky to have a home surrounded by beautiful trees that inspire my paintings.”

How has art impacted your life?

“I believe that art is such a fun way to express my creativity and life a dreamful life.”

What is the purpose or goal of your work?

“Personally, my goal is to have fun and improve as much as possible. I enjoy seeing people look at my work. Often as they get closer and closer, they wonder if the trees are real or not. Hopefully, this allows people to look closely at nature and art, as they are so intertwined.”

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Dane Porter – Minimalist Sculpture Artist

Detroit Elite EightWhere do you find your inspiration?

“For most of my work, I find inspiration in two very different things, nature, and architecture. With a lot of work containing modern minimalist lines, the inspiration can be found throughout. A lot of pieces are either representational of modern infrastructure and or natural silhouettes.”

How has art impacted your life?

“Art has affected every aspect of my life ever since I can remember. Even from a young age, I was always creating. Today, most of my decisions are based on creativity and color. Art has graciously given me purpose in so many ways. Art has greatly impacted my life by becoming a career for me; creating contemporary pieces of art for homes and commercial businesses. Coming from a family line of artists and craftsmen; art was destined to become a constant in my life.”

What is the purpose or goal of your work?

“The goal of my art has always been to create powerful visual works never seen before. The purpose however has always been to create artwork that temporarily takes the viewer out of their norm to experience something brand new and visually captivating. And if I am lucky, A bit of symbolism will be found throughout my work as well.”

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Rodney E. Denne – Abstract Figurative Detroit Artist

Detroit Elite Eight

Where do you find your inspiration?

“I find inspiration by studying other artists. It is important to learn from others in order to develop. your own style. I am particularly interested in the works of CY Twombly, Franz Klein, Bob Thompson, Willem do Kooning and Mark Rothko.”

How has art impacted your life?

“Growing up in Clarkston, MI, I really enjoyed drawing. My mother did ceramics and I was always surrounded by creativity. After spending time in the Air Force, I began to draw again. This led to painting and eventually the creation of my large scale abstract figurative works. I now feel that I paint because I have to. It is part of me.”

What is the purpose or goal of your work?

“I believe that my audience hasn’t even been born yet, so I am constantly pushing boundaries and experimenting with new mediums and styles that might be enjoyed once I am gone.”

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Konstantin Savchenko – Impressionistic, Textured Oil Painter


Where do you find your inspiration?

“As an art instructor, I find inspiration seeing the incredible artworks that my students create. I feel that my work continues to develop and change being surrounded by creativity everyday.”

How has art impacted your life?

“I have met amazing people throughout my career, and I am so grateful for those relationships. Without art, I would not have the same life that I do today.”

What is the purpose or goal of your work?

“The goal of my work is to connect with my audience emotionally so that they can be transported into the landscape depicted in my paintings.”

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Andrew Madvin – Hand-Blown Glass Artist

Detroit Elite Eight

Where do you find your inspiration?

“I grew up curious with the freedom to explore the outdoors quickly becoming interested in the natural world around me. In high school, I loved metals and jewelry classes, which eventually led me to glass sculpture.”

How has art impacted your life?

“Art shaped my life. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with my brother, doing what we love.”

What is the purpose or goal of your work?

“The material holds an excitement I can feel. I see endless possibilities in form, technique, and physical attraction waiting to be discovered. This is the goal of my work; to explore its possibilities.”

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Robert Madvin – Hand-Blown Glass Detroit Artist

Robert Madvin

Where do you find your inspiration?

“My inspiration comes from nature. My artwork focuses on natural elements, textures, and color. I also take inspiration from my travels and day to day life. While I was studying in Hawaii, I created his glass sculpture series called Pohaku, meaning “rock” or “stone.” Ancient Hawaiians would stack stones upon one another to create rock sculptures. The sculptures acted as navigational tools throughout the islands.”

How has art impacted your life?

“My brother, Andrew, introduced me to glass at while I was still in high school and it forever changed my life. We now are lucky to own our own glass studio where we create our artwork together.”


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Richard Powell – Contemporary Pointillism 

Richard Powell

Where do you find your inspiration?

“The work of other artists constantly inspires me. Many times I wonder through art fairs and galleries in awe of what humans can create. In addition, I have always enjoyed the works of impressionists and post-impressionists such as Van Gogh and George Seurat.”

How has art impacted your life?

“I grew up with a love for fine art. I went to school at The College of Creative Studies in Detroit. Art continues to hold a strong presence in my life as I experiment with a variety of mediums. Powell has paints with a variety of mediums.”

What is the purpose or goal of your work?

“I hope to inspire other artists and my audience to grow in their own creativity.”

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Antonio Molinari: Victorious

Posted on: June 13th, 2022 by Art Leaders No Comments

The Inspiration Behind the Canvas

Victory II by Antonio Molinari

Published on June 13th, 2022

Antonio Molinari draws inspiration from the techniques of Paul Jenkins and Helen Frankenthaler. He creates an array of mesmerizing tones and shapes by focusing on

colors interlacing in such a way that there is an illusion of depth. For instance, he pours color like crossing veils suspended without gravity. While his paintings remain energetic, he gently executes each painting with refinement. The relationship between these transparent hues invites us into an intimate moment.

“My paintings focus on connections. Through harmonious movements of paint, I take people on a journey. It can be a brief moment of uplifting energy or an hour of deep inspiration, but my greatest reward is moving the viewer emotionally.”

Antonio Molinari was born and raised in Michigan. He credits his artistic inspiration to his childhood spent in the countryside. There, he fell in love with nature at a very young age. In particular, Molinari recalls a view across an open hillside, which lead to a beautiful tree line. He would wake up early just to watch the sunrise and wait “for the rays of light to dance across the treetops”. He says, “I love that memory so much that I am compelled to capture it. Pouring energy and wonder onto a canvas in hopes to share that same bliss of inspiration.”

“When painting I feel like I’m pouring emotions onto the canvas. I amalways chasing, and trying to capture a positive reflection of a moment. To me, the paint has to be fluid and graceful. The paint personifies emotional transitions that arise within all of us. This is what makes us human and sparks heart felt connections.

I fell in love with abstract painting because it is such a departure from my daily design work. The expression and emotion of the paintings aren’t defined by feasibility guidelines. I have a fond appreciation for when my abstracts aren’t followed up with questions like “how are we going to build this?” The freedom from rules is marvelous. Pursuing both techniques truly enhance each other. It’s how I achieve the highest sense of balance with all my artistry.”

Victory II by Antonio Molinari

Victory II

“I painted Victory II during a time I was facing many challenges and each morning felt like a test. During one of the more difficult days, I stepped outside and looked to the sky, I witnessed a new dawn where the warmth of sunlight cut through crisp morning air, and it filled me with optimism. Experiencing that moment gave me strength to push through and be victorious. This painting represents the optimism that I experienced. I hope it inspires others to overcome their daily challenges.”

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Antonio Molinari on Artsy

See the full viewing room and show for Antonio Molinari on Artsy! Fall in love with the story behind his works. Read more by clicking the link below.

Molinari on Artsy

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You can view the entire Antonio Molinari Collection on his artist page here.

Figurative Abstract Paintings by Rodney E. Denne

Posted on: March 18th, 2022 by Art Leaders No Comments

Artist Spotlight

Detroit Artist Rodney E. Denne (RED)

Published on March 18th, 2022

Rodney Denne is a Detroit artist, known for creating dynamic figurative abstract paintings. Denne creates large bodies of work using both bold, vibrant colors and thick mono-chromatic texture. In his collage and more colorful works, he adds imagery of cars, nature, robotics, and the human body to symbolize grounding. However, in his highly textured black and white paintings, bold abstract figure-like shapes juxtapose delicate background patterns. Through this process, immersive concepts emerge in his paintings. As a result, Denne’s work brings interest, vibrancy, and thoughtfulness into our lives. Denne expresses, “I am nature; a part of all things. I feel my art must come from within.” 

Read Denne’s feature article in the West Bloomfield City Lifestyle magazine, highlighting his artistic inspiration and background. The article is written by Amy Niezur and originally published in the June 2022 issue.

Painting Process  

Denne creates his dramatic pieces with oil sticks and various other medium. This allows him to produce expressive line work and unique imagery. Similarly, in his collage works, he layers a variety of mediums. Subsequently, the layers create a depth that is unique to his work alone. In his own words, “I work on both painting styles at one time. I’m divided by the figure and color, as well as black and white. I find the need to fulfill both desires in the creation of my paintings.”



Heavy With Welcome by Rodney E. Denne

Heavy with Welcome by Rodney E. Denne

Past and Present

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1971, Denne was drawn to art at the age of four. Memories of his years of service in the US Air Force influence his work. After serving in the military, Denne studied under artist Bob Jacobson. Later, he received a BA in Art and Religious Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California. Later, he then gained gallery representation at the age of 27. He describes himself as an abstract expressionist and a contemporary figure painter. His mid-century modern style infuses with his personal experiences to create dramatic compositions. His emotional, large-scaled figures encapsulate viewers through their textural patterns. Accordingly, each painting has a title that reflects a personal connection to Denne’s past and present.

Furthermore, he claims to be a product of urban and suburban environments. In effect, such duality is infused in his work. Denne states, “Within the background of my paintings, I use the images and words of mysticism, religion, myth and the Divine unknown.” He draws influence from the mid-century European art movement COBRA. In addition, his work also falls in line with artists such as Paul Klee, Franz Klein, Bob Thompson, CY Twombly, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, and William De-Kooning.

The works of art that give Denne international recognition reside in select fine art galleries and private collections throughout the United Sates as well as Europe. You can stay up to date with his latest works by following our Facebook or Instagram page


Exposed by Rodney Denne (RED)

Exposed by Rodney E. Denne (RED)

Figurative Abstract Commissions

Rodney E. Denne uses unique methods to convey strong statements in his figurative abstract paintings. Denne offers custom commissions for clients. These striking paintings work well with a variety of decor. A bold colorful painting will liven up your space. Conversely, a more neutral black and white painting adds texture to your space. In essence, Denne will be sure to create something remarkable for you. Currently, Denne’s work is available exclusively through Art Leaders Gallery

Family Triptych by Rodney E. Denne


Custom Commissioned Artwork – The Perfect Home Addition

Posted on: December 9th, 2021 by Art Leaders No Comments

Custom commissioned artwork – could it be exactly what’s been missing from your home?

Published on December 9th, 2022

We all know the feeling – you search and search for the perfect piece of art to tie a meticulously curated room together, and just when you think you’ve found it, the size isn’t right. The color that you thought was the perfect shade of blue looks way too dark once you get it home. While it can seem like an impossible task, finding the perfect artwork for your space can be as easy as measuring a wall or bringing in a paint swatch to Art Leaders Gallery. Custom commissioned artwork could be the solution you have been searching for.

Custom painting for a client to match her window treatments

The importance of finding the right artwork

Art has a unique ability to take an ordinary room and turn it into a luxurious space. You should look forward to spending time in every room in your home. Art sparks emotions of excitement, tranquility, and inspiration. The perfect piece of artwork exists, sometimes it just hasn’t been created yet.

K. Nari

Bohemian Daisies by K. Nari

Why choose commissioned artwork?

At Art Leaders Gallery, several of our artists offer custom commissioned artwork for clients. If you fall in love with a particular painting, but the size is too small, this may be a great option for you. For example, an artist can make a similar custom painting, but in a larger size to fit your space. If you love a certain artist’s style, but you are looking for something with pops of color to match your window treatments or accent chair, chances are, the artist can make a custom painting in your colors.

Our local artists are very timely in creating custom commissioned artwork for clients. Many artists guarantee their work. For example, you will not be obligated to purchase the commission if it is not what you expect. However, this has never happened. Oftentimes, clients are shocked at how perfect a piece turns out. It’s hard not to love a painting when it meets all your specifications and still turns out better than you could have imagined. If you have fallen in love with the work of an artist who is not local, the artist will send photos of commissioned artwork for approval before it ships. This will ensure that you get exactly what you want.

Bending Steel Series by Ken Rausch at Art Leaders Gallery

Bending Steel Series by Ken Rausch

How to get started choosing your own custom artwork

Our artists welcome commissioned work because it means that you love their work enough to ask them to do something special just for you. You receive one-of-a-kind, unique, handmade artwork specific to you and your home. It doesn’t get more personal than that. At Art Leaders Gallery, we walk you through the whole process from beginning to end. We can photoshop artwork into your space for your consideration. In this sense, you can get an idea of what the work will look like in your home. We help you choose the correct measurements, communicate with the artist, and send you photos for approval. In addition, we offer in home consultation as well as delivery and installation. It has never been so easy to get the perfect fit for your home. Let us help you find your perfect match by stopping into the gallery and scheduling your consultation today!

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Contemporary Paintings by Antonio Molinari

Posted on: November 5th, 2021 by Art Leaders No Comments

Artist Spotlight – Contemporary Paintings by Antonio Molinari

Published on November 5th, 2021

Antonio Molinari is a Detroit artist who creates large scale, contemporary paintings. Certainly, they will make a bold statement in  your home. Molinari creates dynamic color palettes. He does this through overlapping layers of color. As a result, these abstract paintings ignite the senses. Furthermore, viewers can dive into the depth of his delicate color washes. His pieces often allude to floral and plant patterns. In addition, this reminds us of the connection that we all have to the earth. Moreover, this renews the viewers spirit, and brings both energy and calmness into our spaces.


Abstract Painting Process

Antonio Molinari takes the poured painting process to a whole new level with his large scale paintings. For instance, he executes an exquisite amount of both control and freedom. For example, he manipulates the canvas to guide the direction of the paint. However, he also lets it flow into the delicate abstractions that we see in his work. Molinari strategically selects his unique colors. By doing this, he creates dynamic color palettes as veils of pigment overlap one another. You can keep up with his latest work by following along on his Instagram Page


Bold Inspirations

Molinari spent his childhood in the countryside. As a result, his love for nature and organic shapes was first sparked. For instance, he recalls admiring the way the rays of light moved across the field during sunrise. Therefore, these delicate washes of sunlight are mimicked throughout his work. Each piece has an unexpected way of breathing new life into a space. Molinari went on to receive his degree from the College of Creative studies. He works as a designer for Lincoln Motor Company creating concept car interiors.

Contemporary Painting Commissions

Antonio Molinari uses soft techniques to make bold statements through his contemporary paintings. As a result, his dynamic, sexy paintings illuminate any space. Molinari is happy to offer commissions for clients. Furthermore, if a specific color scheme or size is desired, he is happy to work with you. In short, he will create the perfect artwork for your home! Molinari’s paintings can be hung either horizontally or vertically to fit your space. These beautiful paintings work well in both contemporary and mid-century modern homes.

Currently, Molinari’s work is available exclusively through Art Leaders Gallery. We encourage you to come in to the gallery. Experience these beautiful abstract paintings in person. Seeing these large scale paintings are even more striking first hand! We are happy to work with you one on one to help you select or commission the perfect piece for your space.

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