Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018)
       
     
Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018)
       
     
Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018)
       
     
Rope Paintings (2018)
       
     
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Rope Painting (2018)
       
     
Rope Painting in Rainbow (2018)
       
     
Rope Painting in Rainbow (2018)
       
     
Rope Painting No. 0, or Also Makes a Nice Tablecloth (2016)
       
     
 Rope Painting, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard
       
     
 Rope Painting, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard
       
     
 Rope Painting, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard
       
     
Rope Painting No. 1 (vessel), 2018
       
     
Rope Painting No. 2 (precept), 2018
       
     
Rope Paintings No. 1 and No. 2, 2018
       
     
 Holding Rope Painting No. 1 and ‘paintbrush’ at the Rockin’ L Ranch, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard
       
     
 Storyboard for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     
 First draft set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     
 Set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     
 Concept design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     
   Gay Rodeo By-Laws  , 2010, Sketch for Fractal Video. Collection of Iliana and Mark Seife.
       
     
 "GRBL (Nuts in Your Mouth)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.
       
     
 "GRBL (Two Ladies)", circa 2008. Collection of Throckmorton Fine Art.
       
     
 "GRBL (Coke's still $20 an ounce in my neighborhood.)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.
       
     
 Production sketch for "GRBL", 2011.
       
     
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 Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.
       
     
 Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.
       
     
 Act I storyboard for Tobias Picker's opera "Emmeline", 2013.
       
     
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Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018)
       
     
Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018)

Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018), acrylic and caliche on canvas, 24 x 18 in.

Artistic Statement

A native Texan, I am devoted to formal experimentation and encouraged by Richard Serra’s statement, “You have to invent your own tools and your own procedures.” I originated the process of using a lariat as a paintbrush to re-purpose heritage for art and spiritual practice. A personal study of Zen Buddhism led me to approach rope painting as meditation in action and like Japanese archery, kyūdō; I aim for shin-zen-bi (truth-goodness-beauty).

Similar to a live theatrical event, rope painting involves mental and physical preparation, concentration, repetition, unpredictability, and is specific to time and space. It documents the ephemerality of performance and incorporates the landscape. Rather than resist the natural environment when working outdoors, the surroundings fold into my work, such as, caliche from the ground in Rocksprings, Texas.

Given my interest in the interplay of visual and performing arts and the history of art and spirituality, my ultimate goal is to represent the unrepresentable through uncommon unions.

Selected works are available for purchase @ https://lukeleonard.bigcartel.com/

Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018)
       
     
Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018)

Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018), Acrylic and caliche on canvas, 24 x 18 in.

Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018)
       
     
Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018)

Rope Paintings No. 1-17 (2018), Acrylic and caliche on canvas, 24 x 18 in.

Rope Paintings (2018)
       
     
Rope Paintings (2018)
IMG-3063.JPG
       
     
IMG-3059.JPG
       
     
Rope Painting (2018)
       
     
Rope Painting (2018)
Rope Painting in Rainbow (2018)
       
     
Rope Painting in Rainbow (2018)
Rope Painting in Rainbow (2018)
       
     
Rope Painting in Rainbow (2018)
Rope Painting No. 0, or Also Makes a Nice Tablecloth (2016)
       
     
Rope Painting No. 0, or Also Makes a Nice Tablecloth (2016)

Rope Painting, or Also Makes a Nice Tablecloth (2016), water-based paint, drop cloth, horse dung.

"You have to invent your own tools and your own procedures." - Richard Serra

A lot of my childhood was spent entertaining myself on my grandparents' modest five acres in Texas where their quarter horses roamed and grazed the pastures, and I inherited the family’s fondness for western style.

For the longest time I had an urge to use a lariat as a paintbrush, then finally had an opportunity in 2016 to test my idea on a farm. "Rope Painting No. 0" is pure experimentation and my initiation into another form to 'wrangle', but what is the purpose?

What is a bow and arrow to a Zen archer? Shin-zen-bi (truth, goodness, beauty). It is a work of energy, healing. The marks are like thoughts, sometimes heavy, sharp, and light, abstract, etc. "Thoughts are just thinking." It is about letting them go. Thoughts pass, but a work of art is present. It is about being in the present and letting the past go. It is about training the mind to perceive all phenomena. It is about re-purposing heritage for art and spiritual practice.

 Rope Painting, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard
       
     

Rope Painting, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard

 Rope Painting, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard
       
     

Rope Painting, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard

 Rope Painting, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard
       
     

Rope Painting, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard

Rope Painting No. 1 (vessel), 2018
       
     
Rope Painting No. 1 (vessel), 2018

Rope Painting No. 1, Acrylic and caliche on canvas, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard

Rope Painting No. 2 (precept), 2018
       
     
Rope Painting No. 2 (precept), 2018

Rope Painting No. 2, Acrylic and caliche on canvas, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard

Rope Paintings No. 1 and No. 2, 2018
       
     
Rope Paintings No. 1 and No. 2, 2018

Rope Paintings No. 1 and No. 2, Acrylic and caliche on canvas, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard

 Holding Rope Painting No. 1 and ‘paintbrush’ at the Rockin’ L Ranch, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard
       
     

Holding Rope Painting No. 1 and ‘paintbrush’ at the Rockin’ L Ranch, Copyright 2018, Luke Leonard

 Storyboard for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     

Storyboard for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016

 First draft set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     

First draft set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016

 Set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     

Set design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016

 Concept design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016
       
     

Concept design for Verdi's "Macbeth" adaptation, "The Scottish Opera", 2016

   Gay Rodeo By-Laws  , 2010, Sketch for Fractal Video. Collection of Iliana and Mark Seife.
       
     

Gay Rodeo By-Laws, 2010, Sketch for Fractal Video. Collection of Iliana and Mark Seife.

 "GRBL (Nuts in Your Mouth)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.
       
     

"GRBL (Nuts in Your Mouth)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.

 "GRBL (Two Ladies)", circa 2008. Collection of Throckmorton Fine Art.
       
     

"GRBL (Two Ladies)", circa 2008. Collection of Throckmorton Fine Art.

 "GRBL (Coke's still $20 an ounce in my neighborhood.)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.
       
     

"GRBL (Coke's still $20 an ounce in my neighborhood.)", circa 2008. Collection of The Ilardi-Lowy Family.

 Production sketch for "GRBL", 2011.
       
     

Production sketch for "GRBL", 2011.

LukeLLeonard_Richard_Serra.jpg
       
     
 Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.
       
     

Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.

 Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.
       
     

Set design for "The Scottish Opera", 2016.

 Act I storyboard for Tobias Picker's opera "Emmeline", 2013.
       
     

Act I storyboard for Tobias Picker's opera "Emmeline", 2013.

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IMG_4136.JPG