Reflecting Upon Other Artists' Works with Mark Leonard
How Long: 4-Day Course
When: January 28, 2019 - January 31, 2019
How Much: $350 Members, $400 Non-Members
Info: Bring Own Materials and Supplies
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
It is a well-established tradition for artists to turn to existing works of art for inspiration.
In this workshop, led by Mark Leonard—an artist and paintings restorer who has spent most of his life immersed in other artists’ works— participants will first explore the process of looking deeply at a work of art in order to develop an intimate understanding of how it was created. They will then use what they have seen and learned as a springboard for re-interpretation and reflection, creating a new work of their own. The original works to be considered will be chosen by the participants from the collections on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Participants will provide their own materials—in whatever medium they choose. Further details and a daily schedule will be provided prior to the workshop.
Mark Leonard trained as an artist until deciding to pursue a career as a paintings restorer. He worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for five years, and then moved to Los Angeles where he spent twenty-six years as a paintings conservator at The J. Paul Getty Museum (and headed the department from 1998 until 2010). In 2012, he was invited to join the staff of the Dallas Museum of Art as Chief Conservator. After helping to build the DMA’s restoration department, he returned to creating his own work in Palm Springs in 2017. He is represented by Louis Stern Fine Arts in West Hollywood, California. In 2013, he was invited to create a body of work for the Yale Center for British Art, which culminated in the exhibition “Reflections on Constable’s Cloud Studies: Paintings by Mark Leonard”.