Pforzheim, b.1981

Anna Leonhardt

Anna Leonhardt, born 1981 in Pforzheim, Germany, studied painting and graphic arts, Dresden Academy of Fine Arts under Professor Ralf Kerbach. Graduating from a school renowned for its highly technical and formal academia, her abstract paintings convey a two-fold enthrallment: one of quiescence based on inner dynamics and one of solidified beauty.

The curl of a smile, a blurred view from a moving vehicle, the stimulus of an urban city,Anna Leonhardt synthesizes her experiences of life on her canvases. Malevich said that a painted surface is a real living form. Here Leonhardt activates her picture planes with sheer vitality. With the decisiveness of a marksman, she trowels oil paint to existence, defining forms that are at times stubby vertical trunks or limber acrobatic shapes, but always exuberant impasto. They possess...

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Biography

Anna Leonhardt, born 1981 in Pforzheim, Germany, studied painting and graphic arts, Dresden Academy of Fine Arts under Professor Ralf Kerbach. Graduating from a school renowned for its highly technical and formal academia, her abstract paintings convey a two-fold enthrallment: one of quiescence based on inner dynamics and one of solidified beauty.

The curl of a smile, a blurred view from a moving vehicle, the stimulus of an urban city,Anna Leonhardt synthesizes her experiences of life on her canvases. Malevich said that a painted surface is a real living form. Here Leonhardt activates her picture planes with sheer vitality. With the decisiveness of a marksman, she trowels oil paint to existence, defining forms that are at times stubby vertical trunks or limber acrobatic shapes, but always exuberant impasto. They possess subtle modulation and variety, epitomizing Leonhardt’s innate grasp for rhythm and balance.

She affectionately calls these her “Raumzeug” or “Space Stuff”, rightfully so, these non-representational masses are the very life-force of her paintings. The viewer perceives the physicality of the material, relishing its succulence. While quasi random in appearance, Leonhardt religiously investigates myriad combinations of interlocking patterns on preparatory sketches to ready herself for the next gestural attack.

With each drag of the palette knife, she welcomes all accidents and consequences, building up each layer intuitively as much as empirically. As a result, her compositions offer subliminal suggestions of things or even places; as landscapes they acknowledge Nicolas de Staël, as shapes Hans Hofmann. They too suggest glyphs, an esoteric syntax that documents the artist’s relationship with the physical world.

Colors are the star performers on her operatic stage, vocalizing in vibrant staccato. Leonhardt’s gradient chromatic sweeps have the fervor of a deep autumnal shade or the bleakness of a Dystopian future. No one color ever lived outside her paintings: they breed through chance encounters. Paints bleed and blend, suffusing the surface with new hues that glide right up to the edges of the canvas. Pores organically appear as she manipulates dense layers paint, revealing traces of a palette before. Her paintings are luminous and mystic, lucid metaphors of being human in the world.

Her paintings are a culmination of her penchant for life viewed through the lens of a formally trained painter and her strive towards absolute consistency in her mark-making, establishing Leonhardt as one of today’s most exciting abstract voices.

Anna Leonhardt has shown in both numerous exhibits in Dresden, Berlin and Leipzig. Her work is in numerous important private and public collections including Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden,Kunstsammlung des Sächsischen Landtages, art collection of the Saxon Parliament and Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden.

Artworks

10

Blue Line, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Abstract Landscape Painting / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / Art of the 2010s / Berlin / Broad Brushstrokes / Color and Form / Color Field Abstraction / Color Field Painting / Contemporary European Art / Contemporary German Art / Dense Composition / European Art / German Art / Impasto / Light/Lightings / Linen / Media Study / Multiple Layers of Colors / New York / Oil on Linen / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Painting Study / Rough and Brave Brushstrokes / Space/Spatiality / Textured Surface / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2010

    Post-graduate studies with Prof. Ralf Kerbach, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden (2008-2010)

  • 2008

    Studied painting and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, Diploma (2002-2008)

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Solo Exhibition, MARC STRAUS, New York

  • 2010

    Solo Exhibition, Malerei und Collagen, Galerie Ines Schulz, Dresden

  • Alle gegen Kerbach, Galerie Zanderkasten, Dresden

Grants/Awards

  • 2017

    Nomination for Edward Steichen Award Luxemburg

  • 2014

    Aufenthaltsstipendium Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf

  • 2013

    Sachsen-Art 2013, Preis fuer junge Kunst in Sachsen

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Education

  • 2010

    Post-graduate studies with Prof. Ralf Kerbach, Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden (2008-2010)

  • 2008

    Studied painting and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden, Diploma (2002-2008)

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2020

    Solo Exhibition, MARC STRAUS, New York

  • 2010

    Solo Exhibition, Malerei und Collagen, Galerie Ines Schulz, Dresden

  • Alle gegen Kerbach, Galerie Zanderkasten, Dresden

  • 2009

    Junge Kunst, Kunstausstellung Kuehl, Dresden

  • 2008

    revue 08, Galerie treibhaus, Dresden

  • Solo Exhibition, neue raeume, Koloni, Dresden

  • Diplomausstellung, Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste Dresdenlinientreu, Galerie treibhaus, Dresden

  • 2007

    Junge Kunst, Kunstausstellung Kuehl, Dresden

  • ff, Kabinett Galerie treibhaus, Dresden

  • Qiao, Ausstellung Klasse Kerbach /exhibition of the Kerbach class, Academy of Fine Art, Guangzhou, China

  • Eine.r für Alle, Galerie treibhaus, Dresden

Grants/Awards

  • 2017

    Nomination for Edward Steichen Award Luxemburg

  • 2014

    Aufenthaltsstipendium Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf

  • 2013

    Sachsen-Art 2013, Preis fuer junge Kunst in Sachsen

  • 2010

    Hegenbarth-Stipendium der Dresdner Stiftung Kunst & Kultur der Ostsaechsischen Sparkasse Dresden

  • 2006

    Sokrates-Erasmus-Stipendium an der Akademie Výtvarných Uméní, Prag

  • Vertreten in zahlreichen nationalen und internationalen Privatsammlungen

Collections

  • Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

  • Kunstfonds, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

  • Kunstsammlung des Saechsischen Landtages

  • Kunstsammlung der Ostsaechsischen Sparkasse Dresden

  • Neue Saechsische Galerie Chemnitz

  • Staedtische Galerie Dresden – Kunstsammlung

Publications

  • 2015

    Anna Leonhardt:RAUMZEUG, EMMANUEL POST books, Berlin

  • 2013

    KUNST|BILANZ, Ostsaechsische Sparkasse Dresden

  • 2012

    100 Saechsische Grafiken, Neue Saechsische Galerie Chemnitz

  • SIMULTAN, Malerei und Collagen, Eva-Maria Kuss Verlag, Augsburg

  • #03 SALZ Edition|Dummy, Kuenstlerbuch, SALZ-Verlag, Podrosche

  • MOTTE 1, Kuenstlerbuch, SALZ-Verlag, Podrosche

  • 2008

    Diplomkatalog, Die Verlagsgesellschaft

  • Linientreu, Zeichnungen, Die Verlagsgesellschaft