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A red evening sky, the body language of daily commuters, the glow of lights from a neighbor’s house – Anna Leonhardt synthesizes life’s endless stimuli in her abstract work. Malevich said that a painted surface is a real living form, here in sheer vitality Leonhardt activates her paintings with numerous layers of thick oil paint. Every inch of the luscious surface is carefully attended to, resulting in a two-fold enthrallment, that of color and materiality.

Most distinct are vertical and horizontal forms Leonhardt affectionately calls “Raumzeug” (“Space Stuff”). Rightfully so, they are the very life-force of her paintings. Always in exuberant impasto, these multi-layered marks may seem to float freely but they are in constant interaction, epitomizing Leonhardt’s innate grasp for rhythm and balance.

Preferring the palette knife, with each drag Leonhardt welcomes accidents and consequences, building up complex compositions intuitively as much as empirically. Colors are the star performers on her operatic stage, they bleed and blend right up to the edges of the canvas. Luminous and mystic, her paintings are lucid metaphors of the physical world.

Anna Leonhardt (b. 1981 Pforzheim, Germany) studied painting under Professor Ralf Kerbach in Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, a school renowned for its highly technical and formal academia. Leonhardt has shown in Dresden, Berlin and Leipzig and her work is in numerous private and public collections including Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kunstsammlung des Sächsischen Landtages, art collection of the Saxon Parliament and Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden.

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Selected Works
2019
Oil on linen
68 x 100 inches (172.7 x 254 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Time Machine

2019
Oil on linen
68 x 100 inches (172.7 x 254 cm)

2019
Oil on linen
74 x 63 inches (188 x 160 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Crossing Borders

2019
Oil on linen
74 x 63 inches (188 x 160 cm)

2019
Oil on linen
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Blue Line

2019
Oil on linen
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm)

2019
Oil on Linen 
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Metal Squares

2019
Oil on Linen
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm)

2019
Oil on Linen
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Sharpness of Blue

2019
Oil on Linen
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm)

2018
Oil on Linen
51 x 40 inches (129.5 x 101.6 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Little Place in the Shadow

2018
Oil on Linen
51 x 40 inches (129.5 x 101.6 cm)

2018
Oil on Linen
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Balancing Act

2018
Oil on Linen
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm)

2018
Oil on Linen
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Twist

2018
Oil on Linen
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127 cm)

2019
Oil on Linen
51 x 40 in (129.5 x 101.6 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
4C

2019
Oil on Linen
51 x 40 in (129.5 x 101.6 cm)

2018
Oil on Linen
51 x 40 inches (129.5 x 101.6cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Hi

2018
Oil on Linen
51 x 40 inches (129.5 x 101.6cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Screens

2017
Oil on Canvas
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Entrance

2017
Oil on Canvas
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Back and Forth

2017
Oil on Canvas
65 x 50 inches (165 x 127cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
41 x 35 inches (109 x 89 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Vibrations

2017
Oil on Canvas
41 x 35 inches (109 x 89 cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
70.9 x 57.1 inches (180 x 145 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Neighbor's House

2017
Oil on Canvas
70.9 x 57.1 inches (180 x 145 cm)

2017
Oil on Canvas
39.4 x 31.5 inches (100 x 80 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
See It

2017
Oil on Canvas
39.4 x 31.5 inches (100 x 80 cm)

2016
Oil on Canvas
70.9 x 57 inches (180.1 x 144.8 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
The Yellow House II

2016
Oil on Canvas
70.9 x 57 inches (180.1 x 144.8 cm)

2016
Oil on Canvas
54 x 42 inches (137 x 107 cm) -  Marc Straus Gallery
Inner City Life I

2016
Oil on Canvas
54 x 42 inches (137 x 107 cm)

2016
Oil on Canvas
76 x 126 inches (193 x 320) -  Marc Straus Gallery
ELDRIDGE IV

2016
Oil on Canvas
76 x 126 inches (193 x 320)

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