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Within Reach Within Reach 2016 Art Auction
Participating Artist

Jeffery M. Leving

Chicago, IL

'Delight,' Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, by Jeffery M. Leving

2012, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 14.75x17.75 inches
Retail Value $500


Jeff Leving is a visual artist and the author of three ground-breaking books; the most recent—How to Be a Good Divorced Dad, which received an endorsement from Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago and praise from President Barack Obama.

In regards to Leving's visual work, Josh Hoff's writing for International Art Magazine remarked, "If suffering is indeed permanent, obscure, and dark and shares the nature of infinity, then it can be witnessed in two of Chicago attorney artist Jeff Leving’s paintings, both of which were inspired by his involvement in the Elian Gonzalez case."

Leving's first solo show was at Southern Illinois University in the early 70’s. His work evolved into this unique painting style with mythological content inspired by primitive and surrealistic art. In his paintings, Leving combines figures and faces with abstract forms, using visceral mark-making and serene compositional economy. These paintings possess an irresistible energy as a product of Leving’s innovative aesthetic.

Leving's most important show was in Chicago in 2008, Zen: The Spiritual in Art, hosted by Murphy Hill Gallery showcasing his exploration into the sublime through the use color as a medium to achieve enlightenment. He smears color and cuts the canvas as a physical act: color and laceration become raw condition.

Celebrated Actress Queen Latifah recently acquired one of Leving's paintings –a powerful abstract of Native-American theme, epitomizing Leving's instinctive brilliance as his work fluctuates between representational and abstract modes of expression, thereby capturing the chaotic and disjointed nature of existence.

In 2012, paintings from Leving’s "Floating Spaces" series exhibited at the William Hill Gallery were published in ARTnews Magazine and in Chicago Gallery News promoting the show.

Website: levinggallery.com

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