About Boondocks Babylon

The Temptation of Saint Anthony of the Desert, 2016, pencil on paper, 18 by 24"
The Temptation of Saint Anthony of the Desert, 2016, pencil on paper, 18 by 24″

 

“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.”

― D.W. Winnicott

This blog -unlike my former blog, Babylon Baroque,which was devoted to the work of others-will be of personal reflection and  a record of my work and its progress. 

 

That said…

I have been working as both a fine artist and decorative painter/muralist for over 25 years. While my commercial and artistic practices are separate entities, they are also connected. The skills I developed as a decorative painter have migrated into my paintings and drawings. In my personal work I explore the extremes of human existence through the presentation of archetypal figures undergoing transformation and experiencing salvation, rebirth and enlightenment. My paintings are self-contained narratives concerned with universal themes—birth, life and death— that stem from my personal experiences and passions. These include my love of world mythology, Roman Catholic saints, the Italian Renaissance and classical painters such as Nicholas Poussin as well as low brow erotica and Surrealism.
I paint in an illustrative and narrative style, realistically rendering my figures and settings so they are recognizable though I do not shy away from depicting my dreamscapes and other concoctions from my imagination. Sometimes my backgrounds gravitate toward more expressive abstractions. I am an avid reader and my interests in classical mythology, philosophy, fiction and poetry have influenced my art production. I began working with Meso-american narratives and motifs but my vocabulary and interests have broadened to include multiple archetypes that express feelings of loss, sacrifice, death and rebirth. In my work I am searching to find the divine in the everyday to show that all life, in all its incarnations is indeed sacred and beautiful.
I work slowly and diligently. It is a painstaking but highly rewarding process. Often, I begin by drawing. Drawing is an important part of my studio practice as it allows me to hone in on my skills and ultimately improves the paintings. My work is idiosyncratic and very personal. The paintings are metaphors that explore human relationships and interactions from myriad points of view and ultimately are about my understanding of my place in an ever-changing world.

 My work and my life situation has happily  expanded and grown over the last few years, as can be seen from my first post, but the spirit remains the same.

Leonard Greco

9 thoughts on “About Boondocks Babylon”

    1. Dear Christina,
      I’m pleased you stumbled upon my journal-the serendipity of the universe I suppose.
      Yes, the prints are for sale, some editions have sold out but new editions can be printed. I would just need to know specifically which you were interested in.
      Again , thanks,
      Lg

  1. I have just discovered your work and blog and am so glad that I did. Your work is inspiring and you echo my own thoughts about my art in your comments above. I assure you, however, that you are far from second rate. Your art is truly, truly amazing in its depth of understanding, its power to communicate both personal and universal feelings and, not unimportantly, its beauty.

    While I am interested to hear about your upcoming foray into the world of higher education, I sincerely hope that it will not hinder your natural expression. While it can be good to have the opinions of the well-trained eye, sometimes the visceral responses of the unknowing tell us more.

    All the best to you! I am excited to follow your work and progress!

  2. I have just discovered your work and blog and am so glad that I did. Your work is inspiring and you echo my own thoughts about my art in your comments above. I assure you, however, that you are far from second rate. Your art is truly, truly amazing in its depth of understanding, its power to communicate both personal and universal feelings and, not unimportantly, its beauty.

    While I am interested to hear about your upcoming foray into the world of higher education, I sincerely hope that it will not hinder your natural expression. While it can be good to have the opinions of the well-trained eye, sometimes the visceral responses of the unknowing tell us more.

    All the best to you! I am excited to follow your work and progress!

    1. Dear Jake,
      You made my day, thank you.I’m so pleased my work resonates with you and your own; I would be curious to see your work.
      Thank you for expressing your feelings about my going to school. I’ve had those thoughts myself but I feel basic skills cannot be a bad thing, if for no other reason than it might just make the work a bit easier to produce. Being self taught is wonderful but so much time seems lost in trying to teach one’s self basic “tricks”. Hoping only to add to my toolbox. But again, I am appreciative of your concern.
      Be well and keep in touch,
      Leonard

    1. I’m thrilled you like my little world, I’m starting to feel I understand it better myself . Happy you like it as well. I’m on Instagram as well( LeonardGrecoartist I think) and FB as well, so feel free to follow if you wish , I value feedback. Again thank you for leaving a comment .
      Leonard Greco

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