Don Li-Leger

PARADE V
PARADE V
DLL114
acrylic, canvas
40 x 40.5 in.
$6,800 CAD


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Don Li-Leger

Don Li-Leger is a renowned B.C. artist whose body of work spans three decades. Born and raised in British Columbia, Li-Leger early on demonstrated a keen interest in art and an affinity for the natural world around him. This symbiosis of art and nature has been an instrumental force in Li-Leger’s life and in his decision to become an artist.

Li-Leger pursued studies in art and natural science in the 1970s and over the next twenty years he built a reputation as a realist painter and printmaker. In the late 1990s Li-Leger began creating a series of colour-saturated acrylic paintings that evoked abstraction but included elements of geometry, natural phenomena, calligraphy and collage. These texturally rich canvases have been described as “Asian Fusion” paintings and are characterized by a restrained colour palette and architectonic arrangements. Informed by a number of influences, including Asian art, Eastern philosophy, and abstract art; Don Li-Leger has said that this genre of work “…grew out of my intensive involvement with monoprints, where I improvised and combined various imagery with broad areas of rolled-on saturated colour.”

Although painting and showing his artwork consume much of Li-Leger’s time, his family and his home and garden continue to be the wellspring of his creativity: “I’ve had numerous mentors throughout my life: family, neighbors and fellow artists. The plants and irises represented in my paintings are those I grow in my perennial garden – therefore they hold personal meaning.”

A new book on Don Li-Leger’s recent work, titled “Don Li-Leger Paintings” will be available in September 2005.

Born on 1948 in North Vancouver, BC. Nationality is Canadian

Education

1977 Print Making, Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC
1975 Illustration, Frank Beebe, British Columbia Provincial Museum, Victoria, BC
1975 Painting, Terry Frost, The Banff Centre for Fine Art, Banff, AB
1972 Plant Ecology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Exhibitions

2007 Solo Exhibition, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2005 Tranquility, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2004 "Art Blooms" Group Show, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2003 Exotica, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2002 "Journey", Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
2002 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2001 - 02 NY Art Expo, New York, NY
2000 - 02 Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1998 Marshall Clark Gallery, Tsawwassen, BC
1993 - 94 Wetlands & Waterfowl, Canadian Museum of Nature
1991 Beautiful BC, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1991 Wildlife Habitat Canada, Beckett Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1990 Conservation Art Exhibition, Vancouver, BC
1989 Carmanah-Artistic Visions of an Ancient Rainforest, Vancouver, BC
1989 Petley-Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1987 Canadian Pavillion, Epcot Centre, Orlando, FL
1983 - 84 Birds In Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Gallery, Wausau, WI
1983 - 84 Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, CO
1983 - 84 Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX
1982 Spirit of the Wild, World Wildlife Fund, Toronto, ON

Collections

Alpine Helicopters
BC Fishing Resorts Association
Brant Festival
Canadian Wildlife Service
Elkay Investments
Ernst and Young
Esso Resources
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Gallery
Petley-Jones Gallery
Reco Contracting
Second Century Fund
Surrey City
World Wildlife Fund

Awards

1977 Canadian Nature Artist Scholarship, Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC

Publications

2006 Galleries West book review