"Leslie Wilkes creates heady, madly diagrammatic color-block oil and gouache paintings. Exploring propulsive quakes of shape and color, Wilkes’ compositions have a huge booming expressiveness…. Reminiscent of kaleidoscopes, woven Indian blankets, and Pucci prints, they will suck you into a particular vortex powered by symmetry; try to focus on the peripheral elements of any given work and you will fail.” -- Betsy Lewis, Dallas Observer
Born in Monroe, Georgia, Wilkes received a BA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working primarily with oil on canvas and gouache on paper, she has had solo exhibitions in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Marfa, and Milan. Her work was published in Texas Abstract and on the book jacket of James Elkins' The Object Stares Back . She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was the recipient of the Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship Award at the MacDowell Colony. Her work has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Times, The Dallas Morning News, Southwest Spirit Magazine, Big Bend Sentinel, and New Art Examiner. She is a painter, gardener, and radio DJ in Marfa.
Untitled 07.01, gouache on paper, 10 x 10 inches.
Untitled 8.40. gouache on paper, 12 x 12 inches.