Artist: Samuel Leopold

 

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.

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS:

  • Zhou B Art Center, group exhibition, May 2nd - August 2nd, Chicago IL, 2018

  • AJAC “Memories of Winter”, group exhibition, Northbrook Library, Northbrook, IL, June 2 through
    June 27, 2014

  • AJAC & North Shore Art League 84th Annual Award Art Exhibit, Winnetka Community House, Winnetka, IL, July 19 to August 18, 2013

  • Skokie Art Walk, group exhibition, Skokie, IL, April 29 to May 31, 2013

  • Blackbird Gallery, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, December 7, 2012 to March 9, 2013

  • AJAC: From Generation to Generation: Artists Acknowledge Learning From Another”, group exhibition,

  • Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, Schaumburg, IL, December 1, 2011 to January 3, 2012

  • “Inspiration, Connection & Creation,” group exhibition, Chicago, IL, October 20 to August 31, 2011

  • River Bank Lofts Condominium Association, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, June 9 to August 28, 2011

  • Samuel Leopold “Meet & Greet” Leigh Gallery, Chicago, IL, May 9, 2011

  • Art Loop Open 2010, group exhibition and competition, Chicago, IL, October 15 to November 15, 2010

  • Chicago Art Open 2010, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, April 20 to May 7, 2010

  • Leigh Gallery (on consignment), Chicago, IL, May 21, 2005 to present

  • “Places – From Arcadia to Urban Landscape,” group exhibition, Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL, January 21, 2009 to February 28, 2009

  • Chicago Art Open, group exhibitions, Chicago, IL, 1998 to 2010

  • JCUA “Chocolate for Change,” group exhibition, Slaymaker Gallery, Chicago, IL, March 15, 2008

  • Open Door Gallery, group exhibitions, Chicago, IL, September 1 to February 25, 2006

  • "Love Show," group exhibition, Open Door Gallery, Chicago, IL, February 4 to February 25, 2006

  • "Masquerade Ball," group exhibition, Open Door Gallery, Chicago, IL, January 14 to January 28, 2006

  • "The Tree of Art," group exhibition, Lenz Studio, Chicago, IL, December 2 to December 17, 2005

  • "Side by Side," group exhibition, Open Door Gallery, Chicago, IL, October 8 to October 28, 2005

  • Chicago Art Open 2005, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, October 10 to 21, 2005

  • "The Small and the Mighty Exhibit," group exhibition, Chicago, IL, September 16 to October 1, 2005

  • "Around the Coyote 2005," art festival, Open Door Gallery, Chicago, IL, September 9 to 11, 2005

  • "Let Us Introduce Ourselves," group exhibition, Open Door Gallery, Chicago, IL, August 6 to 31, 2005

  • "Chicago My Chicago," group exhibtion, Orleans Street Gallery, St. Charles, IL, June 11 to August 20, 2005

  • “Vibrations in Color ,” group exhibition, CCT Gallery, Northwestern University Settlement House, Chicago, IL, January 11 to March 25, 2005

  • Chicago Art Open 2004, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, October 9 to 31, 2004

  • “Pockets,” group exhibition, The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago, IL, January 17 to February 21, 2004

  • “Blues, Jazz, Dance…That’s Chicago!,” Gallery 415, Chicago, IL, October 24 to January 31, 2004

  • Chicago Art Open 2003, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, October 11 to 19, 2003

  • “The Implicit View,” Chicago, IL, September 12 to October 26, 2003

  • “Chicago Works on the Run,” Orleans Street Gallery, group exhibition, St. Charles, IL,
    June 6 to August 11, 2003

  • Chicago Art Open 2002, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, October 18 to 24, 2002

  • “Around the Coyote,” The Twilight Gallery, Chicago, IL, August 8, 2002 to Sept. 16, 2002

  • “The As You Like It Exhibit,” solo exhibition, As You Like It Gallery, Evanston, IL, April 21 to July 14, 2002

  • “One of a Kind Art Show and Sale-Chicago,” booth exposition, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, December 6 to December 9, 2001

  • Chicago Art Open 2001, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, October 19 to October 27, 2001

  • Galerie Gora, group exhibition, Montreal, QC, August 14 to September 1, 2001

  • “Deja Vu,” group exhibition, Excalibur, Chicago, IL, May 18 to August 14, 2001

  • “Earth Music,” group exhibition, CCT Gallery, Northwestern University Settlement House, Chicago, IL,
    March 9 to April 20, 2001

  • The CORE Foundation, Chicago, IL, October 5, 2000 to March 9, 2001

  • Gull Lake Galleries—Great Northern Shows, Richland, MI, January 15, 2000 to November 1, 2002

  • Studio 34 Gallery (on consignment), Glenview, IL, August 31, 1999 to June 2, 2000

  • Chicago Art Open 2000, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, November 10 to November 19, 2000

  • Juniper Island Art Festival, Stony Lake, ON, August 12 to August 13, 2000

  • “2000 Area Invitational Art Exhibition at Aurora University,” group exhibition, Aurora, IL, May 5 to June 10, 2000

  • Gloria Jones Gallery, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, May 5-June 5, 2000

  • Chicago Art Open 1999, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, November 12 to November 20, 1999

  • Lindenberg, group exhibition, New York, NY, June 17 to July 3, 1999

  • Intercontinental Hotel, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, December 5, 1998 to April 25, 1999

  • "Art From the Heart—Celebrating the Passion of Art," group exhibition, Sherman Gallery, Chicago, IL,
    February 5 to March 3, 1999

  • Hotel Intercontinental, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, December 5, 1998 to April 25, 1999

  • Chicago Art Open 1998, group exhibition, Chicago, IL, November 19 to November22, 1998

  • Soho Galleries (on consignment), Pensacola, FL, October 1, 1998 to November 31, 1998

  • The Enchanted Easel (on consignment), Chicago, IL, September 1, 1997 to August 6, 1998

  • "Cityscapes and Chimera," solo exhibition, As You Like It Gallery, Evanston, IL, March 15 to July 11, 1998

  • Chicago Public Library, solo exhibition, Chicago, IL, September 1 to October 31, 1997

  • Magnums, solo exhibition, Chicago, IL, September 1-October 15, 1997

  • "Big City," group exhibition, Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL, July 11 to August 8, 1997

  • Ariana Gallery (on consignment) Royal Oak, MI, May 1, 1996 to July 1, 1997

  • "Redemption: Artists Examine Life and Death," group exhibition, National Pastime Theatre
    (Anatomically Correct Gallery), Chicago, IL, October 11 to December 22, 1996

  • Freschetti’s, solo exhibition, Princeton, NJ, June 1toJune 30, 1996

  • "Icons," group exhibition, 800 East Gallery, Atlanta, GA, March 15 to April 5, 1996

  • "The Cityscape and Surreal Paintings of Samuel Leopold," solo exhibition, The Mean Bean,
    New Orleans, LA, September 1 to October 31, 1995

  • Gallicurrci Original Works, group exhibition, Evanston, IL, March 1 to May 31, 1995

  • "Magic on Magazine Street (Christmas Collection Exhibition 1994)," group exhibition,
    Hilderbrand Galleries, New Orleans, LA, December 3 to December 31, 1994

  • "Architectural Angles," group exhibition, Eclectic Junction Gallery, Chicago, IL,
    November 8 to December 4, 1994

  • Zeus Gallery (on consignment), Chicago, IL, October 29, 1993 to September 30,1995

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, group exhibition, Chicago, IL,
    September 16 to October 28, 1994

  • The Chicago Fine Arts Exchange (on consignment), Chicago, IL, December 15, 1993 to October 31,1994

  • Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center Art Gallery, solo exhibition, Chicago, IL, June 1993

  • Design Effects Gallery (on consignment), Chicago, IL, April 1993 to June 1993

  • "Cohesion," group exhibition, Excalibur, Chicago, IL, February 5 to May 2, 1993

  • "Love, Death, and Architecture," solo exhibition, The Body Politic Gallery, Chicago, IL,
    January 3 to February 28, 1993

  • Gasperi Gallery (on consignment), New Orleans, LA, November 1986 to December 1992

  • X-Art Gallery (on consignment), New Orleans, LA, November 1988 to September 1989

  • New Orleans Public Library (Main Branch), solo exhibition, New Orleans, LA, November 1986