Hull Court Gate, Digital Art By Leon Sarantos Displayed At Art Takes Times Square

Hull Court Gate, At Art Takes Times Square

My digital art, Hull Court Gate, was one of the artworks selected for display on Times Square this past Monday!  The photo is part of my Digital Gothic series of scenes from the Gothic Revival architecture on the University of Chicago campus.

Art Takes Times Square

This event was hosted by Artists Wanted in New York City. There were about 35,000 artworks submitted for this event from all across the world.  One million people voted on the contest entries.  So I am very grateful to all those who voted to display my art on the billboards at Times Square, and to the event curators who selected Hull Court Gate for display. The event took place Monday June 18, 2012, from 7pm to 11pm.  My art was displayed on a billboard at Broadway and 43rd Street.  A lively crowd of artists and art fans enjoyed watching artworks stream across the billboards.

“An event like this is a celebration of the city, of the artists … of the creative culture that New York City fosters,” said Artists Wanted CEO William Etundi Jr.

More of my cityscapes are at:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/recent-artwork-cityscapes/

My Digital Gothic series for Art Takes Times Square is at:

http://leonidas.artistswanted.org/atts2012


The International Streaming Festival 6th Edition

This is actually the second international exhibit for my Digital Gothic art.  The Streaming Festival 6th Edition was curated and sponsored by the isfth foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands, in December, 2011.  This online international exhibit included video and sound Artists, and for the first time, also 2D Artists.  I was very pleased that my Digital Gothic series of cityscape photos was selected, and hope you visit the online archives.

2D Art live at International Streaming Festival today – Cityscapes of University of Chicago by Leon Sarantos
http://www.streamingfestival.com/archive/2011/2d.php?s=Leon_Sarantos

For more information about Artists Wanted, see
http://www.artistswanted.org/site/

100 DAYS OF CHICAGO – A PHOTO CONTEST

A picture is worth a thousand words and Chicago has a lot to say. Welcome to the 100 Days of Chicago photo contest, brought to you by The Local Tourist.

For 100 days, from February 24 through June 2 The Local Tourist will have a new photo of Chicago each day on the home page, and YOU decide which one it is! Simply give your favorites a + through June 2 and they could be on the cover of TLT. Beginning June 3 the 100 finalists will compete to win prizes!

The top 10 finalists will be featured in an exhibit at the Chicago Photography Center!

Leon Sarantos Cityscapes, South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center, Reception this March 18, 1-3PM

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 C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago

 South Side Impressions Exhibit, Beverly Art Center

My painting, C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago, is part of a group exhibit and competition, South Side Impressions at the Beverly Art Center, throughout this March.  Chicago, including the Hyde Park area, is a fascinating subject for Midwest regional artists.  This exhibit showcases the diverse world of the South Side of Chicago.  Artistic impressions reflect the people, place, culture and landmarks.

Reception: Atrium Gallery, Sunday, March 18, 1-3 PM

The Beverly Art Center is at  2407 W. 111th Street (corner of 111th street and Western Avenue), about 20 minutes from the Loop in Chicago’s historic Beverly Hills and Morgan Park neighborhood.  The reception will be at the Atrium Gallery this Sunday, March 18, from 1-3 PM.  Other Exhibiting artists: Gary Eckstein, Emma Grace Galvan, Brigit Goudie, Sierra D. Harris, Takiyah C. Harris, Valencia Hearon, Jack McCollam, Crystal A. McGrath, Fred Moss, Lindsay Sandbothe, Kyle Schneider, Pierre Seaton, Michelle Valenta, Robert P.Workman, and Regina Ziemann.  The exhibit will be on display throughout March.   If you are in town, hope you stop by.

C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago

The C-Shop painting is part of a series of cityscapes of the Main Quadrangles on the University of Chicago campus. I’ve lived in Hyde Park for many years now and have enjoyed walking through the campus, picnicking at Botany Pond, and having a hot cup of coffee at the C-Shop on a winter’s day.  I’m also an architect and my paintings are inspired by the beauty of the Gothic Revival architecture in the Main Quadrangle.  The strong, stone buildings symbolize the enduring conservative traditions and stable framework of the university. In contrast, change is symbolized by the life and vibrancy of the ever-changing student population, illustrated with their multiple electronic devices, backpacks, and diversity.  Last year I was honored by receiving first prize at the 2011 South Side Impressions exhibit for my painting, Botany Pond.

Botany Pond

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Another current exhibit: As They Like It: Chicago Artists Visualize Shakespeare

Another current exhibit at the Beverly Art Center is well worth the visit, As They Like It: Chicago Artists Visualize Shakespeare, continues until April 1.  This group exhibit includes more than 35 artists using diverse mediums to interpret Shakespeare — his characters, plays, or sonnets.  Exhibiting artists: Rene Arceo, Jose Agustin Andreu, Tim Arroyo, Sharon Bladholm, Keith Brownlee, Mario Castillo, Laura Coyle, Michael Ferris, Chris Flynn, Jonathan Franklin, Anne Farley Gaines, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Sergio Gomez, Fletcher Hayes, Alan Emerson Hicks, Preston Jackson, Robert Kameczura, Deborah Maris Lader, Kim Laurel, Richard Laurent, Diane Levesque, Carron Little, James Mesple, Geoffrey Novelli, Christina O’Connor, Joyce Owens, Mary Patton, Corinne Peterson, Tom Scarff, Charlotte Segal, Beth Shadur, Steven Sherrell, Eleanor Speiss-Ferris, Michelle Stutts, Frank Tumino, Maureen Warren, Kathy Weaver, Marzena Ziejka, and Jill Zylke.

Links

C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art/c-shop-coffee-shop-at-university-of-chicago/

Botany Pond
http://www.beverlyartcenter.org/

Beverly Art Center
http://www.beverlyartcenter.org/

More cityscape artworks:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art-gallery/recent-artwork-cityscapes/

Botany Pond was featured recently at Ink Well online magazine:
http://www.inkwellmag.com/post/18378837124/vol-7-leon-sarantos-botany-pond

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Digital Gothic: Cityscape Paintings and Photos of the University of Chicago – Leon Sarantos

Botany Pond
I have explored several genres and styles over the years, including cityscape and landscape paintings, as well as portraits and figurative art.  The unifying theme in my art is conveying the feeling or mood evoked in me by the subject of my painting.  My first focus in creating a painting is the interplay of color, and that has always been very consistent in my work.  My next two aims include the prominent use of strong heavy lines, and the extreme gradation from light to dark color values.  I select the subjects of my paintings when I have an emotional reaction to a person or scene.  It is usually a pleasant or good feeling, although it can also be sad or foreboding.
Chicago on Canvas:  Cityscape Paintings of the University of Chicago
This series of paintings focuses on the Main Quadrangle at the University of Chicago campus, including Botany Pond, C-Shop,  Bond Chapel,  Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court, and a work in progress, Cobb Hall.  Recently, my Botany Pond painting won first  prize at the South Side Impressions Exhibit, at the Beverly Art Center.
C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago
I’m an architect, as well as an artist, and my paintings are inspired by the enduring beauty of the Gothic Revival architecture in the Main Quadrangle. I’ve lived in Hyde Park for many years now and my paintings reflect my experiences: walking through the campus, picnicking at Botany Pond, and having a hot cup of coffee at the C-Shop on a winter’s day.
Bond Chapel
The solid, grey stone buildings surrounding the Main Quadrangle symbolize the stable framework and traditions of the university.  In contrast, the students are portrayed in bright red, yellow and blue, suggesting the life and vibrant diversity of the ever-changing student population.  The modernity, which the students represent, is illustrated with their multiple electronic devices.  In juxtaposition, these images contain the tension of stability and change.
Gargoyle Overlooking Hull Court

Cityscape Photographs of the University of Chicago

I often take photographs of the scenes I plan to paint for reference, including many architectural details. In doing so, I have begun exploring the effects of digital variations in light and color.  These experiments provide another window into the contrast of tradition and modern times.  The enduring architecture from the Gothic-revival era is expressed in almost non-objective terms, with strong variations of light and dark and with non-representational uses of color.  This series of photos includes digitally altered views of architectural details, such as the waterspout on Bond Chapel, flowers at Botany Pond, and the Gargoyle at Cobb Gate.

Waterspout on Bond Chapel

Blue Flowers at Botany Pond

Gargoyle at Cobb Gate

Turret Detail at Cobb Hall

Cobb Hall Lamp With Red and Green Ivy

The photo of Cobb Hall Lamp is currently on view at the Member’s Show, Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery is in the Centier Bank building at 1500 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana, and the exhibit can be seen during bank hours.

More of my paintings, as well as my bio, can be viewed on my web site at: