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Genevieve Leavold

Joined Artfinder: March 2021

Artworks for sale: 64

(7)

United Kingdom

Updates from Genevieve Leavold's studio

  • Artwork in Focus - Where the Light Gets In

    A short narrated video about my painting - Where the Light Gets In - 2021 Original artwork description Where the Light Gets in - 40x40cm (16" square) Unframed. Painted edges, signed on the reverse of the canvas. Can be hung unframed. This is a painting from Genevieve Leavold's Yielding collection - Paintings exploring the idea of softness as strength - Taking inspiration from the Taoist Philosophy "The softest thing can overcome the hardest" Lao Tsu These paintings take forms from smoke, fire, water and air - and have the artists characteristic gestural brushwork. Where the Light gets In is inspired by the Rumi quote “ The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” The artist took her own misremembering of this quote for the title because part of her process is allowing the titles to come to mind as she paints and draws energy from the words. The forms here are fragmented but there is a sense that they are pulling together, weaving something beautiful from the broken parts. Another inspiration behind this is the Japanese tradition of Kintsugi - mending broken pots with gold, celebrating the new forms and honouring the past experiences of the vessel.

    17 January 2022

    Working on Ephemera in the Studio

    Working on Ephemera in the Studio

    18 November 2021

    A recent commission for a restaurant in Washington DC featured in The Washington Post

    A recent commission for a restaurant in Washington DC featured in The Washington Post

    01 November 2021

    Art Journal Walkthrough

    This video is a narrated walk-through of one of my creative journals. This Journal relates to a new series of Monochrome paintings called Origin Stories. The Journal is titled Now You Are Here. The title and text in the book take inspiration from the end scenes from one of my favourite films, 'Synecdoche New York'. In the sequence, Philip Seymour-Hoffman walks through a series of shots slowly; over the top, you can hear Diane Weist saying, "Now you are here, now you are here..." This audio often plays in my head when I am trying to refocus on the present moment. I use sketchbooks as a way to get into this place of focusing on the present moment. This practice of sketch journaling has evolved into this way of working, and I have come to love the finished books as objects in their own right. This book and the accompanying series of paintings started with dried flowers. I have always loved collecting and looking at dried flowers, and I have also been thinking about ageing and wisdom recently. As we age, certain memories start to mean more to us, so I wanted to bring in some of my childhood memories to explore those that shaped how I see the world.

    30 October 2021

    The Making Of Cloudbusting

    A narrated timelapse video of the making of Cloudbusting, this is one of my favourite pieces from the Yeilding collection. Details of the painting Oil on Canvas - 2021 | 97 x 125cm (38 x 49 inch) Unstretched. Signed on the Reverse of the canvas. No Hanging Hardware included. Shipped rolled with a certificate of authenticity. Cloudbusting is part of the artists Yielding collection - Paintings inspired by philosophies and ideas exploring softness as strength. "The softest thing overcomes the hardest" Lao Tsu These paintings take forms from water, clouds and mist - rolling movement and delicate brushwork swirl over the canvas. Cloudbusting is about rewriting our narratives, gently, we are so often swept up into the narratives of the headlines, and the ideas of others and our own fears that we forget that we have a choice on where we place our attention. The painting has a gentle dynamism, like a dance to shake the darkness away. From within and behind the rolling could forms a light bright orange form emanates like sunlight from the clouds. Cloudbusting is available in my Artfinder Shop

    01 October 2021

    Artwork in Focus - Danse Macabre

    A short narrated video of my painting Danse Macabre About the Painting Painting: oil on canvas - stretched. Unframed ( can be hung without a frame) Hanging hardware not included. Edges are painted. Signed on the front of the canvas bottom right corner. This work is a part of the artist’s Abandon series and was created during the spring of 2020 while in lockdown in Belgrade. During this time, Genevieve observed that the wildflowers and grasses were left untamed in the city, as human activity slowed to a halt. This brought a little wildness and wilderness into the urban areas. This painting is available in my Artfinder Profile

    09 September 2021

    Creating sketches for a commissioned painting

    Creating sketches for a commissioned painting

    When a client commissions a piece from me I create sketches of the chosen palette or composition prior to making the final painting. This is different from my usual approach but it helps to give an idea of how the piece will look and feel when completed. This is helpful for the client to visualise and for me if the palette is different to my usual colours. This photo is from sketches I made for a huge triptych 7x5ft x 3 panels in June 21. The paintings are for a client in the USA.

    25 August 2021

    Artwork in Focus - Phoenix (Oil on canvas) 2020

    Another in the Artwork in Focus Series - This time looking at Phoenix which is one of the larger pieces from the Abandon collection created during Lockdown 2020. About the work: This work is a part of my Abandon series and was created during the spring of 2020 while in lockdown in Belgrade. During this time, I observed that the wildflowers and grasses were left untamed in the city, as human activity slowed to a halt. This brought a little wildness and wilderness into the urban areas. I took inspiration from the story of the Phoenix from ancient Greek mythology which rises from the ashes of the fire that had engulfed it and is reborn. The story symbolizes no matter how many times we are knocked down we can come back renewed. Phoenix is available in my Artfinder Shop

    16 July 2021

    Artwork in Focus - Utopia

    A short video sharing some of the detail and behind the scenes processes which went into making this oil painting. Utopia is from my Yielding collection - paintings exploring softness and strength. Utopia explores the idea of seeking perfection outside of ourselves when all that we need to experience utopia is already within us. This painting is available to purchase in my shop on Artfinder.

    14 July 2021

    Working on Danse Macabre - Summer 2020

    Working on Danse Macabre - Summer 2020

    17 March 2021

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