ARTIST STATEMENT: Transience, beauty and the conceptualization of the nude body within Canada’s artistic identity are key themes in John Di Leonardo’s current studio practice. His figurative images oscillate between abstraction and realism.
“My work explores questions of the nude image as a contentious landscape in the history of Canadian art, and how its tradition as object of desire and shame informs the trajectory of our social constructs, values and identity.” John Di Leonardo
Mirror Mirror # I : "After the Garden" / Graphite / 4' X 9' / 2018
Mirror / Mirror # II : "Spring Sonnet" / Graphite / 4' X 9' / 2018
Mirror / Mirror # III : "The Visit" / Graphite / 4' X 9' / 2018
Mirror /Mirror # IV : "Canadian Elegy" / Graphite / 4' X 9' / 2018