On View / Leone at Benjaman Gallery
Quirky and fun
Portrait with Mask by Anthony Leone
Images courtesy of the artist and gallery
Expect the unexpected from this wildly varied show of artworks by Fredonia native Anthony Leone. Sometimes crisp and graphic, sometimes slapdash and expressive, the works can be humorous, thoughtful, ominous, or all three. Leone has studied with painter and longtime SUNY Fredonia professor Alberto Rey. He has also exhibited widely throughout the United States, including Los Angeles, where he worked at the ACE gallery, a famed Beverly Hills art spot. The show is called Grape Farm, partly in reference to the artist’s home county of Chautauqua, where wineries abound, and partly to the fact that the works tend to group themselves into thematic bunches. Some of the most interesting works present simple silhouettes, which are filled in with complex layers of imagery.
Anthony Leone: Grape Farm opens Friday, October 13, 8–11 p.m. and runs through November 15. A ticketed event on October 20, 6–8 p.m. features a wine-tasting event at Paradise Wine. Visit thebenjamingallery.com for more information.
Portrait for F.B. I and II
Man in Red