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Cartoonish Exuberance: Art by Alejandro Leon

An abstracted painting of a small animal in a forestIn The Woods, oil and acrylic on canvas

Our featured artist today is Alejandro Leon. Alejandro’s body of work features painted canvases bursting with different styles and textures.


A primarily blue painting with abstracted raftsRafts, oil and acrylic on canvas

A screen capture of the front page of Alejandro Leon's

I love the cartoonish exuberance that Alejandro brings to his paintings! Even artworks that seem to explode with complex detail are consistently approachable. I like the way he combines different styles – using large, flat planes of colour in conjunction with highly detailed imagery of specific particles, such as a leaf or a face. In a number of his works from 2013, he uses a combination of acrylic and spray paint, creating an interesting contrast between hard stencil lines and more uneven brush strokes. They remind me in some ways of the bright abstracts of Noah NJ Bowman.


The most recent works available on Alejandro’s website are mainly sketches in gouache on paper. These aren’t as enveloping as his works on canvas but they are just as charming and fall into a similar playful, cartoonish vein.  


A gouache painting of a man cooking omelettesOmelette Man, gouache on printmaking paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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