Art By Leon Sarantos In Juried Artistic License Exhibit: Studio 659

C-Shop, Coffee Shop at University of Chicago C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago  

 Artistic License Exhibit At Studio 659

This cityscape by Leon Sarantos, C-Shop, Coffee Shop At UChicago, is on display in the “Artistic License” exhibit at Studio 659, Indiana, until November 30th.  Indiana artist and art professor, Lou Shields,is this year’s juror.  Artists were invited to use artistic license in selecting the best of their art, and applied from across the country.

Opening Reception is on this Friday, November 8, 7-9PM.  Prizes and awards will be given in the first hour.

The C-Shop painting is from a series of cityscapes of the Main Quadrangle on the University of Chicago campus. Leon describes the development of his UChicago art:  “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.  In my art I see the architecture as symbolizing the conservative traditions and stable framework of the university. In contrast change is symbolized by the life and vibrancy of the student population, illustrated with their multiple electronic devices, backpacks, and diversity.”

Preacher Man

 Preacher Man  

His second artwork that was accepted for the exhibit, Preacher Man, is a figurative painting that combines both abstract and realistic approaches.  In this artwork, he uses high contrasts of light and dark to present a quickly readable abstract pattern, which in turn contains realistic details and modeling in the shaded and highlighted areas.

A Little About Us – Studio 659: Studio 659 is an Art Studio in the heart of the historic downtown district of Whiting, Indiana at 1413 119th Street.  Located only 30 minutes from Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, Studio 659 is not only an art gallery but a studio which offers classes to youth and adults as well as puts on live music events, book signings and more.The Studio is headed by the Whiting Arts Council which was a brainchild of Mayor Joe Stahura.  The Council is made up of representatives from all of Whiting’s artistic organizations including: Whiting Lakefront Symphony, Marian Theatre Guild, Arts Alive!, 119th Street. Artists, Calumet College, Whiting High School’s Art Department as well as at-large members of the community who have art backgrounds.

Hours of Operation:  Thursday & Friday – Noon – 7 pm;  Saturdays – 10 am – 2 pm.

Links

Studio 659 http://www.studio659.org/

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

Preacher Man, details http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/art/preacher-man/

Blue Flowers at Botany Pond

Blue Flowers at Botany Pond

Good news today! My digital art, probably this Blue Flowers at Botany Pond image, was selected for publication in the 2012 art book “Art Takes Times Square.”

I was very honored today learn that the editorial committee selected my digital art for publication in the forthcoming 2012 art book “Art Takes Times Square.”  The photo, Blue Flowers at Botany Pond, portrays the fence and flowers surrounding Botany Pond at the University of Chicago, Main Quadrangle.  Botany pond was originally built as an outdoor research lab by John Coulter, who was the first chair of the botany department at the university.  To see more of my cityscapes, visit my website at:

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

The book will present selected art from the Art Takes Times Square event held on June 18, co-produced by the artists support groups, Chashima and Artists Wanted.  Art was chosen from over 35,000 entries to display on the billboards of Times Square.  To learn more about this event check out the following links.

Links

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/arts/design/web-site-gives-artists-fame-in-times-square.html

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/art-takes-times-square-by-chashama-and-artists-wanted-slide-show

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/

Digital Gothic: University of Chicago Cityscapes

Gargoyle at Cobb GateThe Streaming Festival 6th Edition

The Streaming Festival 6th Edition is curated and sponsored by the isfth foundation, The Hague, The Netherlands, from December 1 to 18, 2011.  This online international exhibit includes  Video Artists, and for the first time this year, also 2D Artists.  I’m pleased that my Digital Gothic series of cityscape photos were selected, and hope you visit online.  Over 30 2D artists are participating, as well as many video and sound artists.

My Digital Gothic series includes oil painting and photography of the Gothic Revival architecture on the University of Chicago Main Quadrangle, including architectural gems like Bond Chapel and Botany Pond, an Olmstead design.  My photographic art uses images of related Gothic architectural details, like gargoyles, tracery and turrets, which are manipulated to create unusual lighting, colors, and jumps in color gradation.  This provides a dramatic modern, photographic presentation of this century-old architectural order in such a way that the order is more readily comprehended and appreciated by the general viewer.

LINKS

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

To see more of my paintings and photos, visit my website:
http://www.leonsarantosartist.com/

Sponsor and curator: isfth Foundation
http://www.isfth.org/streaming-festival/

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: