Leslie Barron

Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1970, Leslie Ware Barron would become next in a long lineage of artists on her father's side of the family along with her mother being a talented folk artist.  Creativity is completely ingrained into the fiber of her being.  Drawing and painting, as well as many other creative outlets, have always been more than a passion. The process of creating work that stems from the imagination and experimenting in her studio are simply necessities for true fulfillment.

Leslie has lived in Memphis, Tennessee for the last 35 years and studied art all through her childhood. She took AP art classes through high school and was a painting major at Memphis State University. The process of her "senior problem" which required a 10 piece show to be created within a semester, would be the starting point of her professional career. The paintings from that body of work influenced the next phase, that work evolved into the next phase, and so on...

Working concurrently on both her more "folky" lady/animal portrait series and her abstract series, both series are always changing, evolving and usually feeding off of one another.  Inspiration come primarily from, but not limited to, natural elements such as animals, flowers, plants, beautiful skies and many more.  There is often a strong sense of playfulness in her art.  The unique combination of colors, layering paint, papers and found objects, playing with proportion and/or juxtaposition and the use of many different mediums, all help to create one of a kind, high quality pieces of art.

Leslie has been a part of over 50 solo or group shows in the last 14 years.  Her work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the US. She is represented in fine galleries throughout the south and has been showcased in many printed and online publications.  She also has a continuous stream of commissioned work that keeps her busy.  

"I never take for granted the sale of a painting.  After all these years, I still pinch myself when a client chooses to add a piece of art that I created to their personal space.  It is the ultimate compliment."

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015

Lady Portraits and Reconstructions, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, Tn

2014 The LadiesLRoss Gallery, Memphis, Tn

2011 Overton Park Gallery, Memphis, TN

2010 Overton Park Gallery, Memphis, TN

2008 Overton Park Gallery, Memphis, TN

2005 Elfo's, Memphis, TN

         Fusion Fine Art Gallery, Bentonville, AR

2003 Headley Menzies Interior Design, Memphis, TN

2001 Mariposa Gallery, Memphis, TN

1999 Studio 966, Memphis, TN

1995 The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 10th Anniversary Show, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, Tn

         West Cancer Center Artist Reception, Memphis, Tn

2015 Mother's Day Group Show, Bennett Galleries, Nashville, Tn

         Works of Heart, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tn

2014 That's Alright Mama, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, TN

         Holiday Exhibition, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, TN

         Palladio Show for LeBohneur, Memphis, TN

         Works of Heart, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

 2013 Duo Show with Lisa Jennings, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, TN

         Group Show, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, TN

         Works of Heart, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

         Women's Show, Bennett Galleries, Nashville, TN

         Holiday Show, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, TN

 2012 Folk X Four, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, TN

         Works of Heart, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

         Group Show, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, TN

         Holiday Show, LRoss Gallery, Memphis, TN

 2010 LRoss Gallery, Memphis, TN

          Antiques Within & Abbey's Too, Annual Art Show, Memphis, TN

          LeBohneur Methodist Hospital Grand Opening, Memphis, TN

          St. Georges Art Alliance Show, Germantown, TN

2009 Antiques Within & Abbey's Too, Annual Art Show, Memphis, TN

         The Brick Gallery, Clarksdale, MS

         St. Georges Art Alliance Show, Germantown, TN

2008 St. Georges Art Alliance Show, Germantown, TN

         The Brick Gallery, Clarksdale, MS

          BRAVA Art Show, Memphis, TN

2007 St. Georges Art Alliance Show, Germantown, TN

         The Brick Gallery, Juke Joint Show, Clarksdale, MS

         The Brick Gallery, Miniatures Show, Clarksdale, MS

2006 St. Georges Art Alliance Show, Germantown, TN

2005 St. Georges Art Alliance Show, Germantown, TN

         Diane's Art, Gift, Home, Memphis, TN

         Brick Gallery, Clarksdale, MS

2004 Diane's Art, Gift, Home, Memphis, TN

2003 Women's Artist Show, Memphis, TN

         Diane's Art, Gift, Home, Memphis, TN

2002 Mariposa Gallery, Memphis, TN

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

LeBohneur Methodist Hospital, Memphis, TN

Methodist Hospice Residence, Memphis, TN

Horne and Wells Law Firm, Memphis, TN

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

LRoss Gallery, Memphis, Tn.

Bennett Gallery, Nashville, Tn.

Loretta Goodwin Gallery, Birmingham, Al.