Alfred Leslie

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Brenna Gordon, 1984 Oil on canvas 77 x 84 inchesBrenna Gordon, 1984 Oil on canvas 77 x 84 inches

Brenna Gordon, 1984

Oil on canvas

77 x 84 inches

Four Signs, Tulsa, Oklahoma (from 100 Views Along the Road), 1981-1983 Watercolor on paper 45 x 60 inchesFour Signs, Tulsa, Oklahoma (from 100 Views Along the Road), 1981-1983 Watercolor on paper 45 x 60 inches

Four Signs, Tulsa, Oklahoma (from 100 Views Along the Road), 1981-1983

Watercolor on paper

45 x 60 inches

Casey Key (from The Lives of Some Women), 1983 Oil on canvas 72 x 108 inchesCasey Key (from The Lives of Some Women), 1983 Oil on canvas 72 x 108 inches

Casey Key (from The Lives of Some Women), 1983

Oil on canvas

72 x 108 inches

Reno, (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016 Archival pigment print 77 x 60 inches    Reno, (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016 Archival pigment print 77 x 60 inches    

Reno, (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016

Archival pigment print

77 x 60 inches

 

 

Isabel Archer (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016 Archival pigment print 60 x 78 inchesIsabel Archer (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016 Archival pigment print 60 x 78 inches

Isabel Archer (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016

Archival pigment print

60 x 78 inches

Exhibition, The Toast is Burning, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 2016Exhibition, The Toast is Burning, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 2016

Exhibition, The Toast is Burning, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 2016

Elisabeth, Paul and Dargelos, (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016 Archival pigment print 60 x 68 inchesElisabeth, Paul and Dargelos, (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016 Archival pigment print 60 x 68 inches

Elisabeth, Paul and Dargelos, (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016

Archival pigment print

60 x 68 inches

Cindy Cresswell, 1976-1977 Oil on canvas 108 x 72 inchesCindy Cresswell, 1976-1977 Oil on canvas 108 x 72 inches

Cindy Cresswell, 1976-1977

Oil on canvas

108 x 72 inches

Kitty Foyle (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016 Archival pigment print 76 x 60 inches  Kitty Foyle (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016 Archival pigment print 76 x 60 inches  

Kitty Foyle (from 50 Characters in Search of a Reader), 2005-2016

Archival pigment print

76 x 60 inches

 

Exhibition, 100 Views Along the Road, 1978-1983Exhibition, 100 Views Along the Road, 1978-1983

Exhibition, 100 Views Along the Road, 1978-1983

Horizon at Santa Barbara, California, (from 100 Views Along the Road), 1978-1981 Watercolor on paper 30 x 42 inchesHorizon at Santa Barbara, California, (from 100 Views Along the Road), 1978-1981 Watercolor on paper 30 x 42 inches

Horizon at Santa Barbara, California, (from 100 Views Along the Road), 1978-1981

Watercolor on paper

30 x 42 inches

Becky Windmiller (from Some Becky Stuff), 1990 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 9.0px Helvetica} Oil on canvas 58 x 44 inchesBecky Windmiller (from Some Becky Stuff), 1990 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 9.0px Helvetica} Oil on canvas 58 x 44 inches

Becky Windmiller (from Some Becky Stuff), 1990

Oil on canvas

58 x 44 inches

Other Works
Pixel ScoresPixel Scores
Pixel Scores
The Lives of Some WomenThe Lives of Some Women
The Lives of Some Women
100 Views Along the Road100 Views Along the Road
100 Views Along the Road

Painter and filmmaker Alfred Leslie was born in the Bronx, New York in 1927 and currently lives and works in Manhattan. In the late 1940s he emerged as an experimental filmmaker and a second generation Abstract Expressionist painter. In the 1950s and ’60s, he was associated with a community of avant-garde artists and writers, including Joan Mitchell, Larry Rivers, Robert Frank, Frank O’Hara, and Jack Kerouac, with whom he often collaborated. The quintessential Beat Generation film Pull My Daisy (1959) was codirected by Leslie and photographer Robert Frank, with subtitles and narration by Jack Kerouac. In the early 1960s, Leslie's style evolved from pure abstraction to figurative realism, distilling his background in film to be fully realized through painting. Over the last 15 years, he has taken these interests one step further, incorporating them with new digital technology to create paintings on the computer, which he has named Pixel Scores.

 

In 2018, Leslie was given the Lee Krasner Award in recognition of a lifetime of artist achievement, granted by The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His most recent body of work, the Pixel Scores will be the subject of a major solo exhibition, Alfred Leslie: One Hundred Characters in Search of a Reader, at the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Texas, opening in September 2018. 

 

His work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., The Saint Louis Art Museum, The Walker Art Center, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.