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Leon Smith
Trapeze Poly (Colorful Abstract Modern Sculpture in Yellow, Blue, Pink & Green)

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Trapeze Poly (Colorful Abstract Mid Century Modern Inspired Balancing Sculpture) by Leon Smith Small, abstract tabletop sculpture in blue, yellow, green, pink, and black painted aluminum and steel 12 x 16 x 6 inches, acrylic painted aluminum and steel Inspired by the sleek mid century modern geometric designs, this small abstract sculpture balances on two bottom weights in the pink ball and green curved back leg. A blue shape resembling a cloud is juxtaposed across from a long cylindrical shape painted bright yellow around a black painted black square outline. Kinetic in nature, this small scale piece has a slight bounce to it when touched since it rests on two bottom weights. This abstract sculpture is ideal for modern interiors on pedestals, table tops or mantel tops. About the artist: Born in Australia, it is Leon Smith's sense of humor and that of his wife, Elaine, that are at the epicenter of his playful designs and titles. Riffing on simple, abstract shapes gives him the freedom to discover new forms and ideas. Artist Statement: Why I construct sculptures is somewhat of a mystery to me. I suspect, in some ways, it is a continuation of childhood play, where invention, improvisation and often a sense of mischief, are a key. The simple abstract shapes that I choose to work with give me the greatest freedom to manipulate and discover new forms without being bound by specific representational imagery. The opposing qualities of form are what engage me most. Balance vs. precariousness, stability vs. movement, and the organic vs. the inorganic. I play with these elements until another dimension appears and until the form is pleasing to me. I'm partial to the double take, the paradox, but only if the work's formal qualities con sustain interest and delight over a long period of time." Born: Queensland, Australia in 1933 Died: 2020 Mr. Smith moved to the United States in 1964 and maintained his home, studio and outdoor sculpture park in Ancramdale, New York. Education: Sydney University, Australia Sydney Art School St. Martin's School of Art, London Exhibited: Ben Uri Gallery, Melbourne, Australia , 1963 NYC Revolving Sculpture Project, Brooklyn Courthouse, 1973 Prince Street Gallery, New York City, 1979 Gallery at Hastings on Hudson, 1987, 1989 Warburton Gallery, Hastings on Hudson NY Ahava Gallery, Boca Raton, FL 1994-1997 Kirkestraad 58, Antwerp, Belgium , 1994 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, 1998 Sculpture in the Park Project, Hartsdale, NY, 1999 Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 Haddad Lascano Gallery, Gt. Barrington, MA 2004 CCCA Artswalk, 2004, 2005 CCCA, Hudson Opera House, NY 2004, 2005, 2006 2006 Chesterwood Permanent installations: The Green Chair at the Roecliff Jansen Community Library, Hillsdale, NY City of Pittsfield , Pittsfield, MA Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY Iona College, New Rochelle, NY Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY Delancey Street Foundation, San Francisco, CA Delancey Street Foundation, Santa Fe, NM

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