A Love Affair With Colors: Solo Exhibit By Leon Sarantos

C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago

Leon Sarantos is pleased to announce his solo art exhibit, “A Love Affair With Colors.” The exhibit is at CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Indiana during October and November with a reception on Friday evening, October 12. Sarantos uses color “as a driving force to create art that is recognizable to the viewer, yet abstracted from a literal representation.” His art explores the interplay between abstraction and realism across genres such as figurative art, still life and cityscape paintings. For example, his painting C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago, presents a Chicago scene in a way that is representational without being photorealistic. This painting is from his cityscape series, Chicago on Canvas, which includes six paintings. The exhibit will include both oil paintings and photographs.

His photography, in the form of digital art, also explores the interplay of representational photography with digital transformations that present a more abstract view. Two series are included: Digital Gothic and Chicago, City of Bridges. Digital Gothic: Includes scenes from the University of Chicago campus, featuring details from its Gothic Revival architecture. These artworks were also featured in the recent “Art Takes Times Square” exhibit. “Blue Flowers At Botany Pond” was selected by the editorial committee for an art book, Art Takes Times Square 2012, and is on display at his exhibit.

Chicago, City of Bridges: Many bridges were built along the Calumet River since its development in the 1860s. The Calumet harbor continues to be this region’s busiest port. The Chicago Skyway Bridge was built to be a shortcut from State Street in Chicago to the steel mills on the Southeast border with Indiana. Sarantos sees the notion of transformation as being true of this region on a symbolic level as well being his artistic media. “The vibrant colors in my photos represent the vital role this industrial hub played in developing the Calumet region,”

CornerStone Art Gallery

The exhibit is on display from October 6 to November 16th at CornerStone Art Gallery, which is located in the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana. The reception is on Friday, October 12, 6 to 9 PM. CornerStone gallery is in Northwest Indiana, about a 30 minutes drive from Chicago. The center is organized by the 119th Street Artists, a non-profit group that seeks to bring an appreciation of the fine arts to people in all walks of life and to provide support and encouragement to Midwestern artists. For further information about the center and this event, view their web site at www.119streetartists.org

About Leon Sarantos

Leon Sarantos originally grew up in the Midwest and currently lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan. After moving to Chicago, Leon continued his work in architecture and art, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center. Mr.Sarantos has exhibited his work extensively in curated art shows on a national and international basis. His website is: www.leonsarantosartist.com

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