Abstract Art by Leon Sarantos in “Mad World” National Juried Exhibit: Union Street Gallery

My Organic Creatures series in Mad World Exhibit

Organic Creatures Slurping Up A Mango Smoothie (2)

Organic Creatures Slurping Up A Mango Smoothie

I’m very pleased that all three of my “Organic Creatures” paintings were selected for the “Mad World”, National Juried Exhibit at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights. The opening reception is on Friday, March 8th, 6-9PM.  Only 60 artworks from among 271 were selected by juror Natalie Domchenko (Director: Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago).

The Mad World exhibit will feature art that is absurd, surreal, and simply MAD!  Mad World will display art by 33 artists from 11 different states.  Some of the art on exhibit depicts bizarre or imagined worlds, crazy structures not bound by the laws of the gravity, whimsical inventions, and strangely absurd scenarios that appear to be straight out of fantasy or science fiction!

Organic Creatures Going to the Beach

Organic Creatures Going To The Beach

My  “Organic Creatures” paintings combine a feeling of whimsy with a sense of bizarre absurdity.  For the first of these artworks, Organic Creatures Going To The Beach, I actually envisioned it in an instant behind my eyelids as I was rubbing my eyes after some tiring work.  I tried to apply the image to canvas immediately, adding all kinds of color and quick composition, while keeping the main figures true to my vision. When finished, I looked at the painting and felt that here were some strange creatures doing something, and sensed that they were on their way to the beach.  I then created more oils of this same family of creatures moving about in different settings.  My other paintings for this exhibit include Organic Creatures Taking The White House Tour, and Organic Creatures Slurping Up A Mango Smoothie.

“Mad World” will be on display from March 6 to April 6 with the opening reception on Friday March 8th, 6-9pm. Opening reception is free and open to the public. Patrons will enjoy complimentary wine and food while they explore this strange and beautiful exhibit. Union Street Gallery located at 1527 Otto Blvd, Chicago Heights, IL 60411.

Other exhibiting artists include:  Bruce Alves, Charmaine Banach, Ho Baron, Jesse Berlin, Christina Chavira, Evelyn Davis-Walker, Karen De Pirro, June Finnegan, Shelly Hokanson,  Anders Johnson, Mark Kennedy, Sarah Krupp, Michael McNicholas, Jenny Meyer, Joe Milosevich, Jennifer Moore, Chris Motley, Lucy Mueller, Erinn Nordeman, Erik Ohrn, Shane Rodems, Stephan Roll, Don Sala, David Simcik, Carrie Spencer, Nathan Taves, Colin Thomas, Jason Walker, Amanda Wood, Jee Yoon, Fotios  Zemenides , John Zilewicz.

For more about Union Street Gallery visit   www.unionstreetgallery.org
or call 708-754-2601.

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