Here's what Lessie says about his work:
I create oil painted portraits that are more than merely a replica of a photograph. I craft portraits that are works of art, heirlooms, and personal treasures. Portraits bookmark memories, celebrate achievements and commemorates lives, and my goal is to capture the essence of these special moments and convey their personal sentiments.
Artistry is about the freedom of creative self-expression. Creative self-expression translated to canvas allows me to capture a moment in time, to free myself with broad brushstrokes and to paint with emotion. Being an artist first, I paint in different genres still life, abstract, and portrait painting. When I paint, every piece has a unique voice. The portrait should capture the essence or the subject, allowing the painting to speak truth in volume. In a musical painting it reflects movement, energy, and sound. Abstract paintings will convey a mood and encourage the viewer to ask a question. The world of art is always evolving; however, true art will be preserved for years to come.
A man of phenomenal artistic talents, Lessie has won numerous awards and has exhibited his work in a number of prestigious shows, including the Black Creativity Show at the Museum of Science and Industry, where he won the Best of Painting Award.
Here are some photos of his work:
I hope you can make it to my studio so you can see his work in person and meet him. Here are all the details:
Open Studio featuring Guest Artist Lessie Dixon
Friday, March 9th, 2012
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave.