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, caliche, flying insects, 24 x 18 in.

Since May I have made three trips to Texas to make “rope paintings”, a project I began with the intention of repurposing heritage for art and spiritual practice. The group photo is from the final trip of the year.

One challenge is to try and see beyond what the eyes permit. In these paintings, I have mainly been looking at form/abstraction - marks, textures, movement, spatial relations, etc. It has been fascinating to have my perspective dramatically shifted by what/how other people see, and the role distance plays in our viewing, knowing, and experience.

Rope Paintings No. 1-17, 2018
       
     
Rope Paintings No. 1-17, 2018

Rope Paintings No. 1-17, 2018, acrylic, caliche, flying insects, 24 x 18 in.

Rope Paintings No. 1-17, 2018
       
     
Rope Paintings No. 1-17, 2018

Rope Paintings No. 1-17, 2018, acrylic, caliche, flying insects, 24 x 18 in.

Rope Paintings, 2018
       
     
Rope Paintings, 2018
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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 repurposing heritage with spiritual intentions.

 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