This exhibition of Leander Fontaines
work includes his drawings of creatures (horses and others) and
his Leanderthals, paintings with dark subjects on light-colored,
Common to these works is that color is used sparingly
(oligochrome works) or that they are in black and white (monochrome).
This is because Fontaine does not want color to distract from the
essence of what he portrays, whether it is animals or fantasy compositions.
I enjoy drawing in a very energetic and impulsive
manner, which makes animals and fantasy creatures my favorite subjects,
says Fontaine. In these drawings, I use black ink (sumi, acrylic
and other inks) on drawing papers or rice paper. The ink is applied
with fountain pens, reed pens, and brushes, and is sometimes simply
splattered onto the surface. The animal drawings are not anatomy
studies but show my impression (and expression) of the animals'
overall gestalt or energy. For this reason, I keep them sketchy,
abstract or distort them, and often let ink flow out of complete
control - allowing the subject to develop some life on its own,
Fontaine lives in Chester County with his wife, and
an assortment of beloved animals, including Buddy, their horse.