Artist: Samuel Leopold

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About the Artist

Samuel Leopold grew up along the banks of the Mississippi in New Orleans. It is easy to see the influence of this city of rich culture, unique architecture, and many creative and talented individuals in his artwork. At the age of nine he was introduced to the medium of oil paints, and by his 11th birthday Leopold had accumulated several awards in local arts shows.

Leopold's first gallery appearance occurred at age 15 at the French Quarter’s prestigious Gasperi Gallery.  Just one year later, Leopold competed against numerous other high-school artists in southeast Louisiana to win a place in the United States Capitol Building through the 6th Annual Congressional Art Competition. His painting hung in the Capitol for two years. After ranking in several more North American competitions, Leopold was a finalist in the worldwide 10th Hyogo International Competition of Painting. His painting exhibited at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, in Kobe, Japan.

Since 1987, Leopold has exhibited his work in more than 50 competitions and galleries across the country and around the world. Presently, more than 100 of his paintings are in collections in locations including Berlin, Geneva, Jerusalem, Paris, and Tokyo.

Leopold now lives in Chicago, where he has found a home for his artistic talents.

Artist’s Statement

Architectural ideas and spatial experiments live in my work. From fictional skylines to whimsical structures, I express the unique human condition of carving spaces.

Through the medium of oils, using the three genres of landscape, surreal, and abstract, I convey my ideas. Those ideas often contain architectural designs that frequently exist only as concepts, universal and personal symbolism, and exaggerated coloring.

A painted cutout that is integrated around some of my works has become a developing trademark. It is part of my underlying belief that every work should be a total composition and that I should leave no part of the canvas untouched.