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Leonie Brown - "Spread Like a Fire "

"Spread Like a Fire "

Spread Like a Fire
Oil on Canvas, US$ 1,306

Spread Like a Fire

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Oil on Canvas
Oil on canvas + encaustic + inks

W: 700mm x H: 1500mm x D: 44mm
W: 28" x H: 59" x D: 2"

Approx. Weight: 3kg

This work is unframed


US$ 1,306 SOLD


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About "Spread Like a Fire "

Fire purifies gold, as fire tests faith.
I do not know the way of the fire, but He does.
I do not know the way of the road, but He does.
Faith is more precious than gold, gold perishes, but fire changes the nature of faith.

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire. (Charles Bukowski)

As hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well - a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world. (George W. Bush)

'I am a wandering eye poet, an eclectic color fanatic. I want my paintings to leap off the wall and overwhelm you with their tactile, layered, chocolate thick, color and texture.' Leonie.e.Brown Artist

My work, like my life, is a refelection of my life's journey. A progression over time of learning how to deal with the past, live in the present and not fear the future. But what I've learned, is that good decisions are based in trusting God and the people He surrounds me with.

The process of learning and painting has a simbiotic relationship. My work is complicated, because I am by nature an analizer and thinker. I want to understand why, what and where, and within that processing, I try reflect the values which I live by: Believe in God, believe the best of others, forgive, move on.

But like the process of giving bith, change is a slow and painful process. It takes long. I've learned that it is ok to make mistakes. Sometimes the best wisdom and the best work flow out of those mistakes. The hardest part...is forgiveness.'

Leonie Brown

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About Leonie

Leonie Brown

"Art can compared to making music or writing a novel. A single painting has a beginning, middle or end. It has a theme, a plot, a context or direction. My work is a one-off, never to be repeated again."
"The viewer is the one who brings the painting to life. The viewer looking, and wondering at the content (or lack thereof), gives it the reason why it exists, and where it's going. They want an experience, not an instance; they want to feel like they're on a journey, immersed or involved with something meaningful. Something that touches the mind, heart and spirit."
"This is the role of the artist to find the deepest feelings of human nature and expose them to the good or the bad. I choose to follow hope and life."

The versatility and raw artistic talent of Leonie E. Brown has been recognized and celebrated at a very early stage in this prolific painter's career. At the tender age of twenty-two she has already won the prestigious 1986 Volkskas (now ABSA) Atelier Fine Art Award, in addition to both the Schweicherd and Gregoire Boonzaaier Art Bursaries the year before. As is often the case, such esteemed accolades can exert a substantial amount of pressure on a young artist, and for Leonie it was no different. A time of intense introspection followed, resulting in a clean break from painting for a period of ten years.

With the dawn of the new millennium, however, she returned with new vigor to her canvasses and brushes, and within a short period of time her renewed application and enthusiasm has enabled her to devote herself entirely to her unique brand of Art. As a result, she has been painting full-time since 2002.

"I believe that the work in itself should be sufficient and powerful enough to carry out the message I am attempting to express. Overall, my art is treated as an exclusive message to my audience. Every painting, whether realistic or abstract, is uniquely destined for the viewer who will recognize the message as his or her own. Each picture is a little glimpse of heaven, a moment in which the Creator speaks a personal and very intimate message to His Chosen Created. I am passionate, expressive and urgent, often using palette knives to scrape and make marks into the paint to create the message."

Leonie's current body of work focus more on Encaustic and Oil paintings. Encaustic medium is a blend of oils, wax, resin and shellac . Working with a heat gun or blow torch, Leonie uses oil paint mixed with wax to create translucent and romantic images of watery landscapes and distant star galaxies. Leonie's work has been featured in numerous magazines including the exclusive SA Artist, Conde Nast and Slow Magazines.

"I find the encaustic medium absolutely fascinating, watching the paint changes as you heat it up. I love the unpredictable nature of Encaustica and that eternal search for the perfectly smooth and translucent finish. Encaustic art is pure alchemy."

"I'm driven to continually experiment and try new mixes and materials. My passion for art and what I do is what keeps me coming back to the studio."

In addition to numerous solo and joint exhibitions on South African soil, her work forms part of private collections all over Europe, especially Germany and the United Kingdom.
She is also is a multiple award winner and has taken part and either been placed or won some of the most prestigious awards for Fine Art in South Africa.

* Gregoire Boonzaaier Art Bursary, First prize, 1985.
* Potchefstroom Talent Festival: First prize, 1986.
* Schweikcherd Art Bursary for Painting.
* Winner of Volkskas National Fine Art Competition.
* Placement and First Prize in Fine Art Category, 1986.
* Rolfes Impressions.
* Placement in top 10 nationally: Total Exhibition for Young Artists

Price Range

US$ 1,116-2,819



Exhibition History:
2016 Freshly Brought, Wellington
2016 Winter Life Exhibition, Fish Hoek
2014 Art at Constantia, Groot Constantia Art Gallery
2013 Rosendal Art Gallery
2013 Philadelphia Art Gallery
2012 Philadelphia Art Gallery
2011 Bay Hotel Art Gallery
2011 Junction Art Gallery
2009 Orange Cactus Gallery, Big Bay, Cape Town
Interview with CCFM
Interview with RSG
Die Meul, Philadelphia, Cape Town on 28 November 2009
Die Meul, Philadelphia, Cape Town
RED! The Gallery, Steenburg Village, Cape Town
De Brak Gallery, Groot Brak, Eastern Cape
The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Cayman Islands
Johannesburg Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show
RED! The Gallery, Steenburg Village, Cape Town
Evita se Perron, Darling, Western Cape
RED! The Gallery, Steenburg Village, Cape Town
OBZ Cafe, Cape Town
Interview with CCFM
Interview with Tygerburger
Before 2006
Potchefstroom Talent festival
Rolfes Impressions
National Volkskas Atelier * Winner in Fine Art Catagory
Total Exhibition for Young Artists
Potchefstroom Art Festival
Lichtenburg Art Festival
V & A Waterfront
Desire Resnick Art Gallery


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