CHICAGO, IL – April 6, 2012 / - Leon Sarantos is pleased to announce that his abstract, figurative art is on display in a curated group exhibit at the CornerStone Art Center & Gallery in Whiting, Indiana during the months of April and May. The exhibition, “Struggle for Art IV” is curated by Jim Panos. Panos’ concept for the show is the struggle for art, as concerned with “creating a work of art from an idea or vision and how to portray these to the world at large. It is a battle within the self. Being an artist, one is bound to undertake divergent views of the world. Many times the artist is conflicted between the real world and personal ideas and visions.”
Sarantos’ abstract, figurative painting “Fading Flower” is included in the exhibition. The painting portrays a woman contemplating a flower. Leon states about this work “this is an abstract painting done loosely, with the interplay of the reds as one element, the highlighted areas of the woman's body and flower counterbalancing each other, and the purple providing the backdrop. The theme is the fading of youth, both in the flower and the figure of a lady.” The painting is part of a series in which Sarantos combines realism with elements of abstract patterns.
The fourth in a series of exhibits about the Struggle For Art is at the CornerStone Art Center, in the Center Bank Building, 1500 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana. The opening Reception is on Saturday, April 7th from 9:00 AM until noon. Cornerstone Art Center & Gallery is located 20 minutes outside of Chicago in NW Indiana in the Historic Downtown District of Whiting, Indiana.
The center is organized by the 119th Street Artists, a non-profit group that seeks to bring an appreciation of the fine arts to people in all walks of life and to provide support and encouragement to Midwestern artists. For further information about the center and this event, view their web site at http://www.119streetartists.org
About Leon Sarantos:
Leon Sarantos originally grew up in the Midwest and currently lives in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. He obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree in the College of Arts and Architecture at the University of Michigan. After moving to Chicago, Leon continued his work in architecture and art, and began his studies in figure paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr. Sarantos has exhibited his work extensively in solo and group art shows on a national basis. His website is: http://www.leonsarantosartist.com