Images of reality are in a state of constant flux, scarred by the marks of change and movement. The images I create make reference to what is gone and what is to come. Everything in existence fights for survival and ultimately loses; time moves on.
Layers of pigment are presented in an sculptural way to evoke the sense of history in the seascape.
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions 61cm x 51cm (when unframed)
I like to think about the local familiar as an emotional and personal journal as part of my painting process, in that way establish a communication beyond the narrative possibilities.
Binding painting to an emotional duration. Fixing the scape as an emotional symbol within the structure of the painting.
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 61cm x 51cm (when unframed)
Leonard was recently considered for the London East End painting Prize, Leonard Sexton received an equivalent Bachelor of Art and Design from D.I.T. Dublin in 1987, majoring in painting. He sights conversations with the painter Patrick Graham, as forming the major part of this training.
In a career spanning nearly thirty years as a full-time painter, Leonard has exhibited in England, Ireland, and the US and has had work shown at major Art Fairs. His work forms a part of many private collections. His Broken Halo series completed in 2008, is housed in part of Dublin's U.C.D. University Campus. Since then his painting has tried to personalize and draw comparisons between various social and political ideals.
Titles of bodies of work from the last decade, which can be drawn for future exhibitions, include:
The Ballad of Arthur Mac Bride the negotiating of lives.
Images from the Life of a Dancer their connection to the world outside
The over Familiar the inclusion of all in one space.
A matter of Unsustainable weight depicting the structures and weakness of mankind
A London room the awareness of waiting and what we do in time,
Dante's Inferno a large body of work influenced by the text of the Medieval Italian poet and philosopher.
I would describe the act of painting as an ever-evolving state. Beyond the dimensions of style and technique, the image takes over. Thereafter the works enter an unspoken world where they comfortably or uncomfortably exist.
In my work images of reality are in a state of constant flux, scarred by the marks of change and movement. The images I create make reference to what is gone and what is to come. Everything in existence fights for survival and ultimately loses; time moves on. Where there are no figures, I believe there is an overwhelming sense of a space one has just occupied, while waiting for a reappearance.