CHICAGO, IL – October 11, 2012 — / Leon Sarantos is pleased to announce his solo art exhibit, “A Love Affair with Colors.” The exhibit will be at the CornerStone Art Gallery in Whiting, Indiana during October and November with a reception on Friday evening, October 12, 2012.
Leon Sarantos grew up in the Midwest and now lives and creates his art in Chicago, Illinois. Sarantos uses color “as a driving force to create art that is recognizable to the viewer, yet abstracted from a literal representation.” His art explores the interplay between abstraction and realism across genres such as figurative art, still life and cityscape paintings. For example, his painting of “Botany Pond” on the University of Chicago campus, presents a Chicago scene in a way that is representational without being photorealistic. The exhibit will include both his oil paintings and photographs.
His photography, in the form of digital art, also explores the interplay of representational photography with digital transformations to present a more abstract view. His two series are included in this exhibit; Digital Gothic and Chicago, City of Bridges.
The exhibit will be on display from October 6, to November 16, 2012 at the CornerStone Art Gallery, which is located in the Centier Bank Building at 1500 119th Street in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012, from 6:00PM to 9:00 PM. The CornerStone is in Northwest Indiana, about a 30 minute drive from Chicago. The center is organized by the 119th Street Artists, a non-profit group that seeks to bring an appreciation of the fine arts to people in all walks of life and to provide support and encouragement to Midwestern artists. For further information about the center and this event, view their web site at http://www.119streetartists.org
Leon Sarantos originally grew up in the Midwest and currently lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan. After moving to Chicago, Leon continued his work in architecture and art, and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and Hyde Park Art Center. Mr.Sarantos has exhibited his work extensively in curated art shows on a national and international basis. His website is: http://www.leonsarantosartist.com