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LESLIE LEWIS SIGLER

Silver Spoon #179, The Babe, 2020

7 x 5.5 inches  |  oil on panel

Leslie Lewis Sigler is the most recent artist added to the Sullivan Goss roster of represented artists (2020).  Leslie began showing her highly realistic paintings of heirloom silver in the gallery’s annual 100 Grand exhibitions. 

Leslie first started painting this series in 2011, when she came across a full tea set in the living room of a fellow Millennial. It was strikingly unusual and inspired the artist to create a quadtych of the whole set. At home, the artist had one antique silver butter chiller that had been given to her by her grandmother, but when she received a chased and filigreed spoon from the same grandmother the following year, the artist notes that “the seed had been planted, even if it took a while to grow.” Leslie had long been interested in painting stark, graphic still life images of antiques since her college days, but something about the silver heirloom portraits resonated more deeply. 

According to the artist, this silver heirloom portrait series “is rooted in family and connection – how we belong together.” Once cherished and entrusted with family stories that have accumulated through the generations, Sigler notes that “many have been overlooked or even forgotten.” Giving her paintings names like The Obsessive, The Score Keeper, or The Emissary, this series became less about still life and more about portraiture. The names suggest family archetypes. Sigler suggests that the reflections, meanwhile, are “tiny distorted self portraits of [me] as [I] navigate where [I] belong.” 

Leslie’s signature painting style is rooted in the genre of photo realism. Tightly connected brushstrokes create realistic reflections and surfaces as well as a three dimensional quality to the objects. Her paintings are all oil on wood panel.

Leslie Lewis Sigler earned a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She relocated to Los Angeles the same year, where she worked for a design firm. In 2008, the artist relocated with her husband to Santa Barbara and she has since become a mother of two. Leslie is represented in New York and in Santa Barbara, but now lives and works in Soquel, California.

 

Videos

2:32  |  Narrated by Jeremy Tessmer  |  Released for LESLIE LEWIS SIGLER: Belonging, 2020

4:05  |  Narrated by Jeremy Tessmer & Susan Bush  |  Released for MIXOLOGY: Classic + Contemporary Combinations

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ANALYSIS OF THE ARTIST'S WORK

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EDUCATION

BFA, University of Texas at Austin

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY/PUBLICATION

American Art Collector, November 2018
805 Living Magazine, December 2017
Silver: Nature & Culture, Lindsay Shen, 2017
Santa Barbara Magazine, Spring 2016
Santa Barbara Sentinel, January 2016
American Art Collector, December 2015
San Marcos Daily Record, November 8, 2015
UPPERCASE Magazine, Issue 23, October 2014
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine, May 9, 2014
Victoria Magazine, January/February 2014
Between Seer and Seen, Mark Robert Halper, 2013
Santa Barbara City College, The Channels, October 7, 2013
designsponge.com, April 2013
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine, May 25, 2012
UPPERCASE Magazine, Issue 10, July 2011
The Santa Barbara Independent, “New Paintings in Old Town,” July 21, 2011
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine, July 8, 2011
The Santa Barbara Independent, May, 2011
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine, April 1, 2011
Santa Barbara News-Press, Scene Magazine, June 4, 2010
1000 Handmade Greetings, Rockport Publishers, 2008
Analecta Literary Magazine, 2002

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions (selected list)

2018  Storytellers, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Silver and Grey, Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA
2015 Revival, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Equipoise, Jane Deering Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2013 Relatives, Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA
2012 Relatives, The Architectural Foundation Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 Objects of My Reflection, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Group Exhibitions (selected list)

2019  MIXOLOGY: Classic + Contemporary Combinations, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2019  Getting Real, Chautauqua Institution Gallery, Chautauqua, NY
2019  Size Doesn’t Matter: Food for Thought, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York, NY
2019  100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2018  JuxtaPOSE: An Exploration of Portaiture, Santa Barbara Arts Fund, Santa Barbara, CA
2018  100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2018  Palm Springs Art Fair, George Billis Gallery, Palm Springs, California
2017  100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2017  SOFA Chicago, George Billis Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2017  Palm Springs Art Fair, George Billis Gallery, Palm Springs, California
2016  100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2016  Joie de Vivre, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito, CA
2015  100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2015  Summer Group Show, George Billis Gallery, New York, New York
2015  Red Dot Art Fair, George Billis Gallery, Miami, Florida
2014  100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2013  100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2013  Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, Best in Show Award
2012  100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2012  Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
2011  100 Grand, Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2011  5×5: An Invitational, Westmont Museum of Art, Montecito, CA
2011  Small Images, Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College, First Place Award
2011  Santa Barbara Art Roots: Celebrating 60 Years, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2010  Small Images, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2010  Views and Visions: Travelers, Westmont Museum of Art, Montecito, CA
2009  Small Images, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2009  Views and Visions: Interior Space, Westmont Museum of Art, Montecito, CA

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