Stop by the Speer Gallery to see Bertha Leonard’s colorful paintings, which will be on display from February 9 through March 19, 2009.
Leonard, a popular Philadelphia area painter for over 40 years, was born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ. She has drawn on her experiences and memories there as inspiration for her paintings, which have also been influenced by Persian miniatures and the paintings of Edouard Vuillard. The artist says, “I paint an AC that is 10 percent realistic, and 90 percent imaginary.”
A statement released during Leonard’s retrospective states, “Her singular vision alone entitles her to claim a place among the most inventive and accomplished painters in the country. Add to this her finely-nuanced sense of color, assiduously-detailed surfaces, intentional, controlled manipulation of space, and of course, her incomparable sense of humor, and one may begin to gauge how significant a place she deserves in the pantheon of contemporary artists and in the popular imagination in general.”
From the Garden of Eden, oil on board, 20" x 24"
Steel Pier & Marching Band, giclee print, 25" x 22"
Lady in the Bath Doing the Puzzle, oil on board, 17" x 15"