Deborah Leavy

Painting/Photography

 


Contact Information

e-mail: Deborah Leavy
www.deborahleavy.com
Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Artist Statement

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
– Danny Kaye, actor, comedian, and painter

I have tried to take that exuberance and apply it to my life and to my work. The journey has taken me from left brain to right brain, leaving the law to follow my lifelong passion to paint. Almost twenty years later, my journey continues with the inclusion of photography.

Embracing the freedom of contemporary imagery, I experience form, space, color, and movement through the idiom of abstraction. I seek layers, history, and pentimenti, often finding it in the landscape, from the Southwest to the inner city. Visual fragments are absorbed as a resource for both painting and photographs.

What is revealed, what is hidden, what used to be and what remains describe both the subject and the process of my work. The Japanese call it wabi sabi, finding beauty in imperfection, decline, and decay.

Thus I attempt to draw the viewer in, to pause and discover.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2013
Embracing Abstraction, Theatre Horizon, Norristown, PA

2012
Beneath the Surface, Fireside Gallery, Main Line Unitarian Church, Devon, PA

2006
Spirit Shrines/Crete, Welcome Gallery, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Two-person
land/SCAPES, Tyme Gallery, Havertown, PA

Group

2016
InLiquid at Jed Williams Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Spring Gala Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2015
Old Enough to Know Better, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

PHOTOgraphy 2015, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Spring Gala Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

Professional Artist Members’ Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

2014
Outer Limits, Art at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Jewels & Treasures, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

Professional Artists Members’ Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

2013
Professional Artists Members’ Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Exhibition

2012
Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

Opposites Attract, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Annual Juried Painting Show, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA
Juried Exhibition

2009
Devotion, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia
Juried Exhibition

Artisan Showcase Invitational, Marketplace Design Center, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2007
Annual Photography Show, Tyme Gallery, Havertown, PA
Juried Exhibition

2002
Annual Continuing Education Student Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Education

2006 – present
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2009 – present
Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2004 – 2005
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

2000 – 2003
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1996 – 2001
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

1981
Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
J.D.

Professional Experience

2014 – present
Curator, Lobby/Event Exhibition Space, Theatre Horizon, Norristown, PA

Awards and Honors

2016
First Prize, Expressions of Radnor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2012
3rd Prize, Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Rubenstein Award, Expressions of Radnor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2011
Solo Show Award, Artists Equity Annual Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2010
Honorable Mention, Feast the Eyes, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Royalty Printing Award, Annual Members’ Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Commissions

2013
Cover Art American Psychologist magazine, May-June issue

Bibliography

2011
“Artist of the Month,” Main Line Today Magazine, December

Images copyright © Deborah Leavy

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