About Leon Keay
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Abstract Graffiti began whilst on my travels through Israel in 1999. Though I attended art college in Leicester before this,I didnt really class myself as an artist until I started producing my own drawings whilst travelling.
On my travels in Israel I ended up in Eilat, in the south of Israel,living in the famous Home Hostel.I was sitting in the garden of the hostel one day with not alot going on and decided to pick up a pen and start drawing. It had been a while as i had lost interest since finishing college.
From that day as soon as I finished a picture I started straight on the next and I suddenly found myself with a small amount of work. I started to wonder what to do with it. This was the start of my progression into being an artist but at this stage it was more of a hobby,and wasn't really thinking much past getting more work done as I needed a portfolio.
Just over a decade later I have a strong portfolio of work in many mediums from illustration to paintings and recently I've turned my hand to stencil and spraypaint art.
STYLE & INSPIRATION
My style of artwork is a cross between many many things from pop art,abstract art,comic books,surreal art,hip hop and popular culture of today. Really, anything goes. No restrictions. One rule I kind of have is that it has to be bright and colourful and pleasing on the eye. Art for arts sake and not always some deep meaningful explanation behind it.
My eyes are always open to art,everything I come across on a daily basis can be used in a piece of work and with a good knowledge and interest in art history,this helps and inspires my work by learning from the best.
My inspirations mainly come from colourful abstract and surreal artists,such as Picasso,Dali,Joan Miro,Mc Esher,Gaudi and Kadinsky,but also pop artists like Warhol,Keith Haring,Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist.
I enjoy art and am hoping to carve out a living from my work.So far to date, I have been published,exhibited and have sold work and look forward to getting more involved in the coming years.