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Leander Fontaine


This exhibition of Leander Fontaine’s work includes his drawings of creatures (horses and others) and his “Leanderthals”, paintings with dark subjects on light-colored, structured ground.

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,” says Fontaine.

Fontaine lives in Chester County with his wife, and an assortment of beloved animals, including Buddy, their horse.


All images appearing on this site are the copyrighted property of their respective artists.


Steer with Calf
mixed media, 24x36

Horse Eating Flowers
mixed media, 24x36

ink on paper

ink on paper, 8x10

Sitting Ox
ink on paper, 17 x 11

ink on paper, 20x13


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