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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)

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.”

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

 

Contemporary Paintings by Antonio Molinari

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

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Artist Spotlight – Contemporary Paintings by Antonio Molinari

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

Antonio Molinari creates large scale, contemporary abstract paintings with bold and dynamic color palettes.

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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Houston Llew’s Spiritiles

Posted on: August 27th, 2021 by Art Leaders No Comments

Houston Llew’s Spiritiles- Art for Everyone

 

Houston Llew’s Spiritiles are wonderful fine art pieces which capture emotions, memories, and moments in time. For instance, each piece tells the story of a special memory or loved one that we can cherish forever. Furthermore, spiritiles make great individual gifts for special occasions. They make wonderful collections, and create striking displays when grouped together as treasured fine art memories in your home.

Houston Llew’s Spiritiles Process

Enameling Process

These unique, handmade tiles are made of fine colored glass on a copper canvas that depict moments and tell stories. They are fired in a kiln to create a beautiful “crazing” effect that occurs in the enamel. Consequently, this creates small cracks in the glass and brings out the vibrance in the colors. Above all, Spiritiles work beautifully as stand-alone pieces, or can be displayed together on a wall for a striking display of art.

Spiritiles History

Houston Llew studied under a master enamellist, Zingaro, in Atlanta, Georgia, and continues to live and work there today. He pairs quotes and stories with dueling images to create new context in each one of his tiles. He wants his work to connect to real life emotions and uplift his viewers. Therefore, he creates unique experiences when viewing the works.

Each Spiritile tells a story, with a quote that runs along the outer edge of each piece. Llew wants each piece to harness an emotion and tell a story of a moment in time. As a result, Spiritiles make sentimental gifts to commemorate life’s special moments either for yourself or someone else.

Llew’s collection of Spiritiles evolve with time. Certain tiles become retired, and he actively creates new work. Subsequently, with his vast collection of moments, there is a Spiritile that is sure to resonate with you. In short, Spiritiles are a perfect way to bring a personalized fine art addition into your home, or the home of a loved one.

Spiritiles Availability

Art Leaders Gallery is proud to offer a large selection of Houston Llew’s Spiritiles, both new and retired. Therefore, let us help you find your next unique piece. Check out our current inventory today!

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Craig Alan’s Populus: People Making People

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by Art Leaders No Comments

Craig Alan’s Populus: People Making People

Despite the title’s multiple meanings, I am of course referring to Craig Alan’s ‘Populus’ figurative artwork series at Art Leaders Gallery. His artwork has captured the attention of many in the past decade. Check out this News Article of his latest public art piece in Atlanta, Georgia!

Each painting reads as a portrait from a distance– often a celebrity or known public figure. When you approach the work and look closely, you start to understand that each line and detail making up the portrait is an individual of their very own. Above all, the figures that make up these portraits are always unique. They interact in a world within the depiction of another a human being! In other words, he makes people made from people!

Alan’s Inspiration

Craig Alan’s inspiration behind the series began after he started taking photographs from his mother’s condo balcony. He captured the ever-changing crowds from a distance. As a result, a pattern began to form of a human eye in the lens of his camera. “This started my creative wheels turning,” Craig explains. Everything after that I suppose is history!

Craig Alan's Populus Series Hope Around The Corner featuring mini figures gathering around the letters HOPE available at Art Leaders Gallery

Hope Around the Corner by Craig Alan

 

Craig Alan believes that individuals need to work together for the greater good of the community. Therefore, his pieces have a general sense of community, positivity, and hope. He believes we are all small pieces of one large puzzle. Consequently, he wants viewers to be able to see themselves in each one of his pieces. As a result, his artwork is customizable with unique figures of your choice.

Populus Process

Craig Alan adding custom details to a piece of artwork from his Populus series.

Craig Alan hand painting ‘The Crossover’ details.

Firstly, Craig Alan meticulously makes stencils for each one of the tiny figures that makes up each of his larger images. Secondly, he then uses these stencils to spray paint each figure individually onto the canvas to create a larger image. After that, each figure is hand painted to include their unique qualities.

Watch this video for an in depth look at Craig Alan’s Populus Process. 

Craig has been expanding his figurative artwork series, which is gaining more and more recognition. In addition to public art, he offers originals, commissioned mixed media work, and has recently released a new limited-edition line on canvas! Craig now works in three different artwork classifications; Original, Mixed Media, and Limited Edition. His new limited-edition works are a signed & numbered edition of 75 giclée’s on canvas. His mixed media on wood is his most popular genre of work. They are available for commissions and are customizable in size, color, and details. Clients have asked him to add in their names, certain figures, their own portrait, etc. His original paintings are where the limits are fairly endless. Collectors can commission a Craig Alan original of their own face in the Populus style if desired.

Stay tuned and let Art Leaders Gallery be your go-to resource for all things new with Craig Alan!

 

 

Pop! – Goes the Art World

Posted on: June 26th, 2018 by admin No Comments

You can’t not know what Pop Art is. I mean –you can, but if you saw pop art you’d definitely recognize it. And that’s very much the intention of the movement –to be popular. Not to become popular, but to already exist as something popular. How can this be? Pop Art as a movement creates a mirror for popular culture –it’s things like Campbell soup cans, Wonder Woman, and large balloon animals. Pop artists have faced critiques of originality from the movement’s inception; however, one look at these artworks and you won’t be able to deny their creativity.

Pop art arose in the 1950s as a reactionary art movement to abstract expressionism. Abstract Expressionism concerned itself with the subconscious or the spiritual; it was spontaneous, automatic, and had great emotional intensity. The point was to avoid the artistic censorship that occurred after World War II (and all the political propaganda “art” that came with it) by creating art with abstract or neutral subject matter –think Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

Pop Artists entered the art scene in an attempt to lighten the mood from the intensity of this genre by reverting to the everyday realities of popular culture. They emphasized the banal, kitschy, even the cheap elements of society –employed in an almost satirical or ironic reaction to the art of the times. Things you’d normally see in comic books, advertisements, and every day mundane (albeit cultural) objects appeared in compositions whose creators called them “art”. And by the 1960’s, “Pop Art”, as it came to be known, was ready to change the world. Artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol dominated the art scene. But it wasn’t just an art-movement, it was an ideology; it was a lifestyle

In the 1980s Pop art had a resurgence known as “Neo-Pop”. Like the Pop art of the 60’s it was confrontational and irreverent and witty. The Pop aesthetic never really went away and can be seen today in street graffiti, comic books, photo montage, and large-scale sculpture. The movement remains relevant today because people are drawn to the objectivity of these artworks. Pop culture motifs give viewers a feeling of inclusion or belonging –the artwork has an immediate personal significance.

Were they trying to make a socio-political statement? A critique of society? Or were they finding real beauty in Campbell’s Soup cans? Maybe they just saw everyday objects artistically?

Images by: https://www.themodern.org/blog/Contemporary-Pop-Art/343 & https://mymodernmet.com/what-is-contemporary-art-definition/

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