Sunday, October 30, 2011

Leslie Pilgrim - Painter

Leslie Pilgrim

Leslie Pilgrim

I have worked as an artist and writer for nearly 20 years. My works—sold both locally and nationally—are in healthcare, residential, and corporate collections throughout the country. Each of my creations is a stand-alone piece, yet, the works are fluid and organic, which allows for the pairing or grouping of several pieces into a larger original composition. My vibrant acrylic-on-panel pieces are drenched in color, punctuated by texture, and inspired by nature—tide pools along the Oregon coast, Minnesota’s North Shore, a star-filled night sky, flowers swaying in a summer breeze. To me, there is nothing quite as visually joyful as the interplay of colors. And color—like time, space, or sound—has no beginning or end. The compositional possibilities are infinite.

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

I only work with acrylic paints and mediums. I paint on panels. For the first decade or so of my art career, I only created mixed media collage pieces. Then I hit burned out on creating this type of work and I haven’t worked on collages for several years. I am currently working on several paintings for healthcare installations, galleries, and my studio.

"What is Art?" is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?

Life is complicated. My art is not. I just want it to make people smile.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Be flexible.

Tell me about your work space and your creative process.
Although I have a studio in the Northrup King Building (Studio #444) in NE Minneapolis to display my art, my work studio is in my home basement. I usually create off and on throughout the day, although when I’m working on a large project, I can work for 12 hours at a time. My paintings germinate not necessarily from a specific composition I want to create, but from color combinations I want to play with—maybe butter yellow and chartreuse, or orange and a pinky magenta, or just reds.

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?

The Twin Cities are overflowing with great artists. And I have had the pleasure of getting to know many of them.
Sheryl Tuorila
Jodi Reeb Myers
Shannyn Potter
Justin Terlecki MNartists profile
Nanci Yermakoff MNartists profile

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

The Museum of Russian Art
In Season restaurant
Grand Hand Gallery
Your Art’s Desire gallery
Hudson Hospital in Wisconsin.

Where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise?
I like the newsletter. sends out a good email about what is going on in galleries in the Twin Cites.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Larger pieces for public spaces


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