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Robert Leach

United States

New York artist Robert Leach began painting in early 80's, after an all-night disco marathon. The next day he sols the result for $20.00 in a Greenwich Village café. “It scared the hell out of me." he remembers. “You can't do this! – I told to myself." Luckily, he overcame his initial trepidations and became a prolific painter.  

Leach brought a diversity of influences to his art. After a happy childhood in the Southern New Jersey countryside, he lived and traveled throughout the world from the great museums in Paris and Amsterdam, to the artists ' colonies and “café society" in Majorca.  

In the later 60s he worked as the therapist in Los Angeles and as an early childhood specialist in New York. Through these experiences he developed an intense fascination with the complexity of the human psyche and its development.  

In 1970 he broke with his own culture, embracing the vibrant music, dancing, drama and night life of the Latin and African-American community.  

Leach's mixed media pieces explode with primary colors, reflecting his cross-cultural and societal background. He incorporated strong influences from African art, as well as Picasso and Rouault elements into his work. His paintings have been called a progression of Warhol's concepts, because just as Warhol was never without his camera, Leach is never without his sketch pad. He captures REAL people; the folks one meets in the parks, sitting at bars, dancing in clubs. It is virtually impossible, however, to classify this unique, uninhibited artist. He doesn't consciously censor his art, which communicates at a very visceral level.

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Robert Leach, New York Portrait Series #6, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Leach

New York Portrait Series #6, 1981
10.5 x 8.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$750

Robert Leach, NY Portrait Series #7, Painting

Robert Leach

NY Portrait Series #7, 1982
12 x 9 inch
Painting

$1,000

Robert Leach, New York Portrait Series #1, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Leach

New York Portrait Series #1, 1981
10.5 x 8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,000

Robert Leach, New York Portrait Series #2, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Leach

New York Portrait Series #2, 1981
5 x 8.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,000

Robert Leach, NY Portrait Series #3, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Leach

NY Portrait Series #3, 1981
8.25 x 4.74 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,000

Robert Leach, New York Portrait Series #4, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Leach

New York Portrait Series #4, 1980
11.75 x 8.25 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,241

Robert Leach, New York Portrait Series #5, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Leach

New York Portrait Series #5, 1980
5 x 8.25 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,000

Robert Leach, New York Portrait Series #9, Painting

Robert Leach

New York Portrait Series #9, 1981
16 x 12 inch
Painting

$1,500

Robert Leach, New York Series #8, Painting

Robert Leach

New York Series #8, 1981
16 x 12 inch
Painting

$1,500

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