Paintings by Joseph Leone
May 1st through June 25th 2023
ATHICA@Ciné presents an exhibition of oil paintings by Athens-based artist and musician Joseph Leone. He works intuitively, creating his abstracted and painterly landscapes and nature scenes by mixing paint directly on the canvas.
Through my work, I hope to share and communicate a sense of tranquility, joy, and wonder that transcends the obvious.
— Joseph Leone
While his work has been seen previously in ATHICA group exhibitions, this is Leone’s first solo exhibition for ATHICA. He was selected by the ATHICA Exhibitions Committee to be featured in the Solo Duo Trio series, which provides opportunities for individual artists to exhibit their work at ATHICA and its partner location, ATHICA@Ciné.
About the Artist
Joseph Leone is an Athens-based artist who works mostly in oils. He earned a degree in Environmental Design and Horticulture from the University of Georgia. Joseph’s paintings reflect both deep introspection and spontaneity. An intuitive love of nature beautifully informs his use of composition, color, and light, through a process that allows and encourages an initial concept or inner impression to develop its own identity. As a result, Joseph’s paintings create a dreamlike, almost mystical vision, drawing the viewer into the paintings through their rich brushwork and texture. With that, one may observe numerous unprompted faces and forms, usually of animals.
About Inner Forms
“Through this organic process, I feel my paintings take on a life of their own, almost directing my next intuitive stroke of the brush. I often blend colors and textures directly on the canvas. The result that I strive for is to create something intriguing to examine on every inch of the canvas. This richness of detail allows the paintings to continue to reveal themselves over time. Through my work, I hope to share and communicate a sense of tranquility, joy, and wonder that transcends the obvious.”
INNER FORMS is sponsored in part by The James E. and Betty J. Huffer Foundation, The Georgia Council for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.