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Leon Benn’s paintings are inhabited by participants, either person or animal, engaging in pleasurable activities within hallucinatory environments. Familiar recreational hobbies including quilting, stargazing, dance, the pastoral weekend retreat are depicted joyfully. Through a range of activities performed outdoors, or in conjunction with nature, the gestures resonate with quiet contemplation on nature’s beauty without losing sight of our fragile co-dependence. If the idea of the conventional hobby seems to augment the psychological specter of the figure in relation to a viewer, here enjoyment is derived from a balance between recognition and surprise; total recognition is cliché; total surprise is alienating.

Leon Benn

Leon Benn
Birdhouse Diagram for Woodshop #2, 2015
Oil, pastels, dyes, bleach and rabbit-skin glue on hand-woven Moroccan fabric
20 x 18 in (50.8 x 45.7 cm)

Leon Benn

Leon Benn
Chirp, 2015
Oil, acrylic, pastel, dyes, bleach, and rabbit skin glue on hand woven Moroccan fabric
58 x 34 in (147.3 x 86.4 cm)

Leon Benn

Leon Benn
Cottage Collage, 2015
Oil, acrylic, pastel, dyes, bleach, gold/aluminum variegated leaf, newsprint and rabbit-skin glue on hand-woven Moroccan fabric
46 x 31 in (116.8 x 78.7 cm)

Leon Benn

Leon Benn
Magpies, 2015
Oil, pastel, dyes, bleach, and rabbit skin glue on hand woven Moroccan fabric
55 x 29 in (139.7 x 73.7 cm)

Leon Benn

Leon Benn
My Reef is Many Miles Away, 2015
Oil, pastel, dyes, bleach and rabbit-skin glue on hand-woven Moroccan fabric
54 x 68 in (137.2 x 172.7 cm)

Leon Benn

Leon Benn
Quilter, 2015
Oil, pastel, dyes, bleach, and rabbit skin glue on hand-woven Moroccan fabric
55 x 40 in (139.7 x 101.6 cm)

Leon Benn

Leon Benn
Stargazer with Volleyball, 2015
Oil, pastel, dyes, bleach, and rabbit skin glue on hand woven Moroccan fabric
69 x 47 in (175.3 x 119.4 cm)

Leon Benn

Leon Benn
Warm-up No.2, 2015
Oil, acrylic, pastel, dyes, bleach, gold/aluminum variegated leaf and rabbit-skin glue on hand-woven Moroccan fabric
45 x 35 in (114.3 x 88.9 cm)

Leon Benn

Leon Benn
Weekend Musher, 2015
Oil, pastel, dyes, bleach, and rabbit skin glue on hand woven Moroccan fabric
54 x 68 in (137.2 x 172.7 cm)