Leenie Engel is a lifelong industrial designer and color expert. Educated in fine art and design, experienced in the business of consumer products creation, and a passionate art collector to boot, she has been making art for decades.
Whether creating the freeform portrait of a ballerina's delicate tutu, the precision of a duochrome artwork, or millions of units of kids accessories, Leenie’s unifying skill is color. Considered a sophisticated colorist, her unofficial motto, no detail is too small to obsess over, has served her well in both the commercial and fine art worlds.
She’s also a sharp dresser.
Combining the style of color field painters Josef Albers, Mark Rothko and Rupprecht Geiger, the geometry of Victor Vasarely, the fluorescence of Dan Flavin, and the precision of Donald Judd, Colorbox Series 2 by Leenie Engel exhibits a controlled geometry combined with an exuberant use of color.
Each Colorbox features two distinctive hues, juxtaposed for maximum impact. The colors were selected and paired to immediately excite the eye, yet over time, the observer will sense the harmony of the relationship between the two disparate tones.
Each artwork’s substrate is created by forming a sheet of cold rolled steel into a five sided box, with hand finished joints and corners. Weighing close to 100 pounds each, the pieces are supported by a cleat device that allows for easy installation and flush wall mounting.
In order to achieve long-lasting, vibrant color rendition, the works feature high quality automotive paint and multiple applications of protective clear-coat resin. Teaming with a master auto restorer and refinisher allows for the same flawless paint application used on custom autos costing well into six figures.
Each Colorbox celebrates the intersection of painting and sculpture, fine craftsmanship, and the artist’s sophisticated love of color.
Clearbox Series 1 by Leenie Engel elevates the status of non-art objects by sculpting them into plexi vitrines. By employing these clear cases, the artist has museum-ized ordinary specimens of everyday life.
When Jeff Koons floated basketballs in glass vitrines, he transformed the mundane object to art object. Damien Hirst’s tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde inside a glass terrarium further expanded the question of ‘what is art?’
In this series, the artist celebrates the beauty of workaday items by the literal showcasing of everyday materials, sealed inside transparent display cases.
A deliberate, graceful assemblage of discarded aluminum castoffs adds importance to an otherwise discardable object and makes it precious.
A deconstructed, painted canvas allows the viewer to rethink long-held norms about the ways art is displayed.
And a disused automobile windshield has been rolled, folded and bound with copper wire, creating an object with far less utility and far greater beauty than it had in its first incarnation.
The Plié series juxtaposes dancers’ delicate tutus with a wide array of industrial objects and post-consumer materials.
Each painted image is enhanced with a 3-D assemblage, from glitter to candy, shredded newspaper articles to feathers.
Plié #5 incorporates woven fabric in a camouflage pattern with nails, screws and washers of copper, brass and nickel.
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