Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Dream” (oil on canvas, 30″ x 24″) by Leon Oks. Over the years, we’ve hosted Leon at Artexpo many times, and I’m delighted to announce that he’ll be joining us for Artexpo New York 2011.
A disciplined, academically based painter, Leon combines technique with his own whimsical inspirations, citing the female form as “a very important catalyst” for his creations. Women of all shapes and sizes appear in his paintings, all rendered with fluid brushstrokes, dynamic movement and flowing, sensuous beauty. In Leon’s words:
“Woman is a vessel of creative power and spans the range of human emotions. She is nature, mother, joy, sorrow, struggle.”
Leon Oks was born in the Ukrainian city of Zhitomir in the former Soviet Union. His father was killed in World War II when he was just two years old. Leon’s early years were filled with hardship and loss (his family moved often to avoid Nazi troops), yet it was during these formative years that he discovered the joy of drawing and painting. After studying at the School of Fine Arts, Leon emigrated to the U.S. in 1980 and went on to become an internationally recognized, award-winning artist.
You can read more about Leon’s background in an earlier blog post about his work on this blog, or view his website at www.oks.myexpose.com We’re looking forward to seeing more of Leon’s rich, exquisite canvases at Artexpo New York 2011!