Leslie Parke

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Artist Statement:

While traditional representational paintings tend to act as "windows on the world", my paintings use realistic images to exert contemporary abstract principles, such as, monumental scale, frontality and a gesture that asserts the surface of a painting. The paintings may depict flowers, water, trees and branches, but they are about shapes, colors, space and light.

That being said, by working from nature I am able to reintroduce into my work something that is not possible in a purely abstract painting, and that is the quality of light and place at a particular moment.

Still Life with Shoes, Oil on Linen, 60 x 48 In, 2002

All That Glitters, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 43 In, 2001

Rush, Oil on Linen, 36 x 58 In, 2005

Hoar Frost, Oil on Linen, 60 x 84 In, 2003

Morning Light on Winter Trees, Oil on Linen, 40 x 60 In, 2003

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