Leah Devora

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Throughout the Los Angeles neighborhoods shopping carts appear, disappear and reappear. They are an indigenous part of the LA landscape. The shopping carts and freeways are ubiquitous motifs of the city. From Beverly Hills to Silver Lake, they are scattered on front lawns, hanging out in groups, taking a rest on the front yard or even waiting for a bus. LA Landscapes are paintings that are the personification of these motifs. I combine these motifs with the silhouettes of Old Hollywood movie stars and freeways. I create the artwork using graphic design and oil painting techniques. I use oil paint, photography and paint digitally with an oil painting program on the computer. I then print them out on canvas and paint over them with oils and then varnish them. There aren’t actual photos in the artwork.

Having grown up in the South and living as an adult in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the urban landscape has been a central part of my life. Every city owns its own personality and aesthetic. The lush green hills and red clay dirt of Atlanta inspired my earthy connections to the landscape, while the raw, gritty and rather honest landscape of New York inspired my moody and weighty artwork. Chicago spawned a dark, turbulent and expressionistic environmentally influenced body of work, while San Francisco nurtured a very thoughtful and conceptually-based landscape.


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about the artist

Throughout the Los Angeles neighborhoods shopping carts appear, disappear and reappear. They are an indigenous part of the LA landscape. The shopping carts and freeways are ubiquitous motifs of the city. From Beverly Hills to Silver Lake, they are scattered on front lawns, hanging out in groups, taking a rest on the front yard or even waiting for a bus. LA Landscapes are paintings that are the personification of these motifs. I combine these motifs with the silhouettes of Old Hollywood movie stars and freeways. I create the artwork using graphic design and oil painting techniques. I use oil paint, photography and paint digitally with an oil painting program on the computer. I then print them out on canvas and paint over them with oils and then varnish them. There aren’t actual photos in the artwork.

Having grown up in the South and living as an adult in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the urban landscape has been a central part of my life. Every city owns its own personality and aesthetic. The lush green hills and red clay dirt of Atlanta inspired my earthy connections to the landscape, while the raw, gritty and rather honest landscape of New York inspired my moody and weighty artwork. Chicago spawned a dark, turbulent and expressionistic environmentally influenced body of work, while San Francisco nurtured a very thoughtful and conceptually-based landscape.


exhibitions

  • SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
  • 2008 Art Expo New York
  • 2008 Artist Project, Chicago, IL
  • 2007 Art Expo New York
  • 2007 Grey McGear Modern, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007 Art Expo Las Vegas
  • 2006 Group Show, Grey McGear Modern, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2005 Crafting The LA Experience, Folk and Craft Museum, Los Angeles
  • 2005 Time Capsules, Grey McGear Modern, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2004 Vintage Spritits, BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2004 Landscapes, Grey McGear Modern, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2003 Pieces City Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 Melt Art Explosion, San Francisco, CA
  • 2000 Mermaid Right Bank Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  • 1999 Small Works Artsforum Gallery, New York
  • 1998 Spatial Relations, The Drawing Center, New York
  • 1998 Pieces, Artsforum Gallery, New York
  • 1997 Schafle Gallery, “Interior Space”, New York
  • 1996 Series of Three, Art Students League, New York
  • 1993 Interrupted, Gallery 254, Atlanta, GA
  • 1992 Silence, Gallery 254, Atlanta, GA
  • 1992 RetroScapes, Heritage Museum, Atlanta, GA

artist statement

  • SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
  • 2008 Art Expo New York
  • 2008 Artist Project, Chicago, IL
  • 2007 Art Expo New York
  • 2007 Grey McGear Modern, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2007 Art Expo Las Vegas
  • 2006 Group Show, Grey McGear Modern, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2005 Crafting The LA Experience, Folk and Craft Museum, Los Angeles
  • 2005 Time Capsules, Grey McGear Modern, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2004 Vintage Spritits, BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 2004 Landscapes, Grey McGear Modern, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2003 Pieces City Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 2002 Melt Art Explosion, San Francisco, CA
  • 2000 Mermaid Right Bank Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  • 1999 Small Works Artsforum Gallery, New York
  • 1998 Spatial Relations, The Drawing Center, New York
  • 1998 Pieces, Artsforum Gallery, New York
  • 1997 Schafle Gallery, “Interior Space”, New York
  • 1996 Series of Three, Art Students League, New York
  • 1993 Interrupted, Gallery 254, Atlanta, GA
  • 1992 Silence, Gallery 254, Atlanta, GA
  • 1992 RetroScapes, Heritage Museum, Atlanta, GA
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