Exhibition: 'Michael Leonard' 8-27 October 2018 @Coningsby Gallery.

Henry Miller Fine Art is delighted to present Michael Leonard’s first London exhibiton in 15 years. Spanning five decades, the exhibition includes drawings and paintings from the 1960’s to the present; including examples of his commercial work from the 60’s and early paintings from the 70’s, alongside portraits and nudes from the 80’s onwards. Also included are still lives and line drawings, showcasing the range and versatility of one of Britain’s most talented artists.

The show will feature some of his best known works including “Passage of Arms” (1979) and “Changing” (1981) from the “Scaffolders Series” and his Thatcher cover for The Sunday Times (1980).

  Passage of Arms,  1979.

Passage of Arms, 1979.

Born in 1933, Michael Leonard studied Commercial Design and Illustration at London’s Saint Martin’s School of Art from 1954 to 1957 and spent the next few years working as a freelance illustrator, producing artwork for books, magazines and advertising, before finding his voice as a painter and getting his first solo exhibition in 1974.

His early paintings, mainly portraits of friends and family, tended to be formal, sober and low key, a clear contrast to his commercial work. Over time, his work became more animated and colourful and in 1985 he was commissioned to paint the portrait of HRH Queen Elizabeth II which now hangs at the National Portrait Gallery.

The nude, and especially the male nude, has been a recurring theme in Leonard’s work, with his models often on the move or in a state of transition, dressing or undressing. Almost all his nude paintings are based on pencil drawings which are not only preparatory studies but works of art themselves, many of which are on display as part of the exhibition.

A list of works which are available for sale can be seen HERE

Coningsby Gallery 30 Tottenham Street, London, W1T 4RJ. Closed Sundays, open until 7pm Thursdays and Fridays.

Event: Open House in Walthamstow - 10th September 2017 - 1-6pm.

I shall be opening my home gallery space to display my collection of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from the 16th Century to the present day. The Open House will be open between 1pm and 6pm on 10th September 2017. There is no need to RSVP, just come along and have a look around. I hope to see you there.

Exhibition - Leopardi's Dream: The Engravings of Francis West

Friday 30th June will be the last day that Francis' engraving will be on show at the Walthamstow Village Window Gallery (47 Orford Road, London, E17 9NJ). Thank you to all those who came to see the exhibition both in the Window Gallery and in my home gallery space as part of the E17 Art trail.

If you missed the exhibition in Walthamstow, it will be on show again at the Coningsby Gallery in Central London from 25th September - 7th October 2017 at 30 Tottenham Street, London, W1T 4RJ. The complete collection of engravings remains on view on the website https://www.henrymillerfineart.co.uk/francis-west/

Exhibition - Preview Drinks - 6-9pm 1/6/17 - Leopardi's Dream: The Engravings of Francis West.

Please join myself and Jenny West for drinks at the Walthamstow Village Window Gallery (47 Orford Road, London, E17 9NJ) to celebrate the opening of the exhibition of Francis West's wonderful engravings. An extraordinary draftsman, whether painting, drawing or, as here, engraving, Francis' work exudes an inimitable style of its own, full of wondrous people, mythical creatures and performing animals. The event is open to all, so please come along and feel free to bring your friends.

 Francis West, Leopardi's Dream, c.1979

Francis West, Leopardi's Dream, c.1979

 

 

Exhibition: Leopardi's Dream: The Engravings of Francis West, 1 to 30 June 2017

As part of the E17 Art Trail, I shall be exhibiting Francis West's complete collection of engravings. Difficult to categorise in any particular style or movement, Francis' work is steeped in the knowledge of the great traditions of figurative art. An extraordinary draftsman, whether painting, drawing or, as here, engraving, his work exudes an inimitable style of its own, full of wondrous people, mythical creatures and performing animals.

Francis’ career spanned over 40 years, from his first solo show in 1973, to his final collection of paintings, exhibited posthumously in 2016 by the Megan Piper Gallery; some of which were completed just before his untimely death in December 2015. He leaves an extraordinary body of work, which is a testament to his sustained daily commitment to drawing and painting.

His work is included in many public collections, including the British Museum, Pallant House Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as numerous private collections. (Please note that the exhibition is being held over two sites - see below.)