early 1990s

late 1980s, Chicago

1984, RIT

David C. Leonard was born in Wilmington, DE in 1962 and grew up in the Central New York village of West Eaton. Since receiving his BFA in painting from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985, he has established a solid exhibitions career. His work is part of numerous collections including Exelon New England, Texas State University in San Morcos and The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He has participated as an Artist in Residence at Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in 2016, Woodstock, NY as well as at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada in 1987. The subjects of his paintings are drawn from the places he's lived and traveled, such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Austin. He currently lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and works in a studio in Easton, MD.

Page last updated: July 21, 2017
all images copyright © 1987-2017 David Leonard

solo exhibitions

2016  Solo show at Arkell Museum & Canajoharie Library in Canajoharie, NY

Solo Show at George Billis Gallery in New York, New York

2011  Art with a View at Bar Belmont with Norwood Flynn Gallery in Dallas, Texas

2010  George Billis Gallery in New York, New York
2008
  Street Level at Norwood Flynn Gallery in Dallas, Texas

2007  George Billis Gallery in New York, New York
These Days at Julie Baker Fine Art in Nevada City, California
2005  Working Monuments at the On Gallery in S. Pasadena, California
1999  Americana at Crystal Fine Art Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts

 

group & two-person exhibitions

2017  Kindred Spirits at Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas

2016  Summer Salon Group Show at Rodger Lapelle Galleries in Philadelphia, PA

2015  Urbanscapes at Artspace 111 in Fort Worth, Texas

2014  Collective Chemistry at Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas
Houston Fine Art Fair with George Billis Gallery

Industrial Beauty at George Billis Gallery in New York, New York

Between the Boroughs at George Billis Gallery in New York, New York

All Summer Long at Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas

2013  In The City: Artists' Views of NYC at George Billis Gallery in New York, New York
The Town & The City at Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas

Three-Person show at Art Essex Gallery in Essex, Connecticut

The Hunting Prize finalist in Houston, Texas. Jurors: Karlota Contreras-Koterbay, Jeanne Klein, Margaret Winslow

2012  City Streets Part 1 at the George Billis Gallery in New York, New York

Artists of the 21st Century at The Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont 

2011  Holiday Group Show at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas

11th Annual Summer Group Show at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas

Buildings of New York II  at George Billis Gallery in New York, New York

Exteriors at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas

Art Chicago with George Billis Gallery at the Merchandise Mart

San Francisco Fine Art Fair with George Billis Gallery at the Festival Pavilion

Realism at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia

2011 Art Exhibition at the People's Gallery, Austin City Hall in Austin, Texas

2010  Red Dot Miami with Mason Murer Fine Art in Miami, Florida

That Summer Feeling at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas
Group Show at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia
Group Show with George Billis Gallery at Merchandise Mart, Art Chicago
Annual Juried Exhibition at the LIve Oak Art Center in Columbus, Texas. Juror: Jim Edwards; Awarded First Prize
2009
 
Holiday Group Show at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas

Summer in the CIty at George Billis Gallery in New York, New York

D Art Slam at F.I.G. Dallas with Norwood Flynn Gallery
Affordable Art Fair NYC-Spring with George Billis Gallery

Group Show at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia

The Hunting Prize finalist in Houston, TX

2008 The Living at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas
Inside/Out at Julie Baker Fine Art in Nevada City, California

City Lights at George Billis Gallery in New York, New York
2007  Paint at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas
Good Night Sun at the George Billis Gallery in New York, New York

2007 Art Exhibition at the People's Gallery, Austin City Hall in Austin, Texas

2006  In The City at the George Billis Gallery in New York, New York

Pillar and Stretch at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas

Los Angeles Art Show at the Barker Hanger, in Santa Monica with Julie Baker Fine Art

2005  Architect Tonic at the 2040 Gallery in Austin, Texas
Summer Show at the Davis Gallery in Austin, Texas
Affordable Art Fair NYC-Fall with Julie Baker Fine Art

A New View at Julie Baker Fine Art in Grass Valley, California
Urban Fragments at Travis Tower Lobby in Houston, Texas
Selections from New American Paintings Vol. 54 at the Plus Gallery in Denver, Colorado

2004  Arts International Exhibition 2004 at the International Museum of Art in El Paso, Texas

   Jurors: Ellen Landis and Andrea Karnes; Avant Contemporary Painting Award

New Directions V at the Hoorn-Ashby Gallery in New York, New York

American Beauty at the 2040 Gallery in Austin, Texas

2003 Texas National at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Jurors: Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor

20x20x20: A Compact Competition at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Juror: Michael Rooks

2002  Contemporary Realism at Mesa Contemporary Arts in Mesa, Arizona. Juror: Bill Lykins
The Austin Art Scene III at the ACA Gallery @ ArtPlex in Austin, Texas. Juror: Ron Prince

2001 The Austin Art Scene II at the ACA Gallery @ ArtPlex in Austin, Texas. Juror: Billy Kirkland

1999  National Prize Show at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts.

   Jurors: Peter, Eliza, and Belinda Rathbone; Juror’s Award

   ArtForms Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Juror: Ivan Karp

1998  Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, Texas.
New Texas Talent at the Craighead-Green Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Juror: Robert McAn
20x20x20: A Compact Competition at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

1997  Open Show at The Art League of Houston in Houston, Texas. Juror: Susie B. Kalil
Global Warning at Galeria Mesa in Mesa, Arizona. Juror: Anne Coe; Juror’s Award

1996  Contemporary Realism ’96 at the Gallery Alexy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Juror: Sidney Goodman
Southwest ’96 at The Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

   Jurors: Luis Jimenez, Charlene Teters, and Willis Hatshorn

Behind Closed Doors II at the Artspace Gallery in Austin, Texas.

1995 Tri-State Plus at the Beaumont Art League Galleries in Beaumont, Texas. Juror: The Art Guys

Behind Closed Doors at the Artspace Gallery in Austin, Texas.

1994  National Juried Exhibition at Oklahoma Art Workshopsin Tulsa, Oklahoma. Juror: Doug Dawson
Spring ’94 at the Artspace Gallery in Austin,Texas.
1993  Art at the Armory II: Philadelphia Comes to LongbeachIsland at the Longbeach Island Foundation for the Arts and

   Sciences in Loveladies, New Jersey. Juror: Robert T. Koening, Director of the Noyes Museum

Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition at the Manayunk Arts Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Juror: Bill Greenberg

1992  In Art We Trust; 200 Years Exercising the Bill of Rights. Art at the Armory at the 103rd Engineers’ Armory

   in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1989  Disquietudes at the Pyramid Arts Center in Rochester, New York. Curator: John Worden, Director of the

Pyramid Arts Center

1988  Six New Eyes at the Laushe State Office Building in Cleveland, Ohio. Curator: Joe Glasgow, Cleveland Institute of Art

1987  Enclosure, Memory, Dialectic, Pleasure at The Other Gallery in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

 

publications

City Journal (cover artwork) spring 2016

Art Galleries & Artists of the South, volume 11, issue 1

American Art Collector, January 2014
Heartfelt - Public Art at Texas State University,
12/2013
Austin American Statesman,
7/19/2013

Dallas Observer, 12/15/11
The Austin Chronicle, 7/29/11

Southwest Art, August 2010
The Austin Chronicle, 7/02/10
The Austin Chronicle, 12/18/09
D Magazine, August 2009
The Austin Chronicle, 11/21/08
Dallas Observer
,
11/20/08
The Austin American-Statesman,
11/03/08
SouthwestArt,
September 2007
American Art Collector,
July 2007
The New York Sun,
7/20/06

The Austin Chronicle, 6/09/06
The Daily Texan
,
6/08/06
Voices of Art
,
Volume 14.1 2006
ARTnews
, September 2005
Artweek, July/August 2005
Rocky Mountain News, 1/21/05
New American Paintings, Volume 54 10/04
Art Business News, 09/04
The Austin Chronicle, 5/28/04
The Austin American-Statesman, 5/13/04
The Dallas Morning News, 7/24/98

City News Paper 12/21/1989
Demoncrat & Chronicle 12/1989

Signatures Magazine, Spring 1985


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