Gallery Director Michelle Goans interviews May 2021 featured artist Andrew Leventis
Andrew Leventis creates intricately detailed oil paintings of contemporary vanitas. Andrew earned a BFA from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and an MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Venues featuring his work include the Aesthetica Art Prize, Arte Laguna Prize, the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Museo Crocetti, New American Paintings, San Pietra Gallery, and Wells Art Contemporary. Andrew is an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
His work consists of figurative still-life paintings that consider the historical and contemporary significance of how we relate to objects within our daily lives. Typically, they focus on domestic interiors and collections of objects that people have acquired. Subjects range from display shelves and room corners to doll houses, mantelpieces, and cabinets of curiosities. Objects on these surfaces generally include handmade items, plastic consumer goods, souvenirs, artwork, lockets, toys, and photographs. He considers his work as part of the historical trajectory originating in the Dutch Republic of the 17th century.
The exhibition will be on display in the Main Gallery at Arts Visalia from May 5th through May 28th, 2021.