Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Joseph Leone is a Georgia based artist who works mostly in oils. He earned a degree in Environmental Design and Horticulture from the University of Georgia.
Joseph’s paintings reflect both deep introspection and spontaneity. An intuitive love of nature beautifully informs his use of composition, color, and light, through a process that allows and encourages an initial concept or inner impression to develop its own unprompted identity. As a result, Joseph’s paintings create a dreamlike, almost mystical vision, drawing the viewer into the paintings through their rich brushwork and texture. Through his work, Joseph hopes to share and communicate a sense of tranquility, joy, and wonder that transcends the obvious.
Joseph, who works primarily in oils and chalk pastels, sells his paintings privately and also accepts commissions. In addition to his visual artwork, Joseph is an accomplished musician and writer, composing both songs and poetry. Currently he performs his original music with world musicians from India and the Middle East.
About the Artist
Solo Show at Nimbl Studio
If you would like to make an appointment to see Joseph's art in person, please contact Joseph Leone to schedule a time.
Address for Nimbl Studio: 160 Winston Dr #9, Athens, GA 30607
Solo Show at Nimbl Studio
My most recent series of paintings ("Inner Forms") explores my inner impressions of nature's beauty. Interpreted and displayed as a dreamlike expression or vision, these paintings capture the essence of an imagined, seen, or remembered visual space. In these visionary paintings, I hope to convey a sense of tranquility, joy, and wonder that transcends the obvious.
I love painting with oils because of their rich color and sensuousness texture. As I paint, the slowness and variety of the oils' drying times encourage me to think and react in a more deliberate and thoughtful way. The paintings and I grow together, allowing consideration for plenty of spontaneity. Through this organic process, my paintings take on a life of their own, almost directing my next intuitive stroke of the brush. Sometimes with dabs of paint and at other times with bold brush strokes, I often blend colors and textures directly on the canvas. The result that I am striving for is to create something intriguing to examine on every inch of the canvas. At times I will finish a piece with fine details to accentuate particular areas of the artwork. This richness of detail allows the paintings to continue to reveal themselves over time.
I am a musician as well as a painter. Interestingly, my process of composing music and painting is quite similar. No matter the genre, from classical to world music scales, my goal has always been to create something unique and intriguing. I often blend different musical styles and influences, striving to reach an "in the moment" creative space. With music, I can best describe this process as hearing the next melody or progression in my head. It is this intuitive, creative mélange of the visionary process that I have attempted to convey in this exhibit, "Inner Forms."
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Artist: oil paintings, chalk pastels, & wall hangings
Musician: composer and performer of world fusion music. Fusing influences of many genres from Middle Easter and Indian ragas, to Latin, Contemporary Classical, folk, and jazz.
Writer: poetry, lyricist, prose
Workshop Facilitator: music composition, guided meditations/visualizations, spiritual psychology
"Inner Forms" Art and Poetry Hardcover Book of 13 Paintings and 10 Lyrical Poems from songs by Joseph Leone
2023 - Solo Exhibit - ATHICA@Cine, Athens, GA
2023 - Solo Exhibit - Ruby's of Rutledge
2022 - Member's Exhibition - Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation
2022 - The Art of Music - Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA
2022 - Southworks Exhibit - Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation
2021 - Juried Show - Lyndon House Arts Center - Athens, GA
2021 - The Athens Institute for Contemporary Art
2020 - Solo Exhibit - Nimbl Studio, Athens, GA
"A Walk To The Village" at OCAF Show
Solo Exhibit at ATHICA@Cine
Opening Solo Exhibit at ATHICA@Cine