THE WORLD IS CHARGED WITH THE GRANDEUR OF GOD
SEVEN NEW WORKS FROM
50 CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF A READER
25 OCTOBER – 20 DECEMBER, 2017
Janet Borden, Inc. is pleased to present ALFRED LESLIE: THE WORLD IS CHARGED WITH THE GRANDEUR OF GOD. SEVEN NEW WORKS FROM 50 CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF A READER. Seven new large scale digital portraits by acclaimed painter and filmmaker Alfred Leslie will be shown at the gallery. These new works are a continuation of his series of studies of characters from film and literature. The exhibition opens Wednesday, 25 October and continues through 22 December.
Known since the 1950s for his abstract and figurative painting, Alfred Leslie has embraced technology and new techniques, thus updating his craft for the contemporary age. These pixel scores further the ideas Leslie began in his Grisaille paintings of 1963. Here he composes the image on the computer, using a dactyl to draw on the computer itself. That file is then digitally printed, using dye sublimation. It’s a hybrid art. Leslie’s dexterity in portraiture in any medium is very much in evidence. He uses multiple planes and vantage points to create these images that are both abstract and specific.
The subject matter of this continuing series are all literary characters involved in sexual and violent worlds. Leslie’s renderings are his interpretation from the books, regardless of other perhaps more recognizable versions known from film. The seven large scale prints tower up to 7×5 feet in size. Details of scale and perspective make them ingenious and compelling.