Rebecca Leveille


The Champion

  • Oil on canvas
  • 45″ x 56.5″
  • 2019


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About this work

Breaking out of the prescriptive narrative mode of illustration, Rebecca Leveille’s relationship to language persists yet the narrative potentials in her current work are subverted by her determination to create that which is poetic rather than literal, just as in “The Champion”. These personally driven explorations delve into sensuality, the female gaze, media imagery, and Art World social phenomena.

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Rebecca Leveille is a contemporary artist working in a figurative mode.  Freely mining both art historical sources and contemporary painting she cites influences ranging from Titian to Walter Robinson, from Fragonard to Kara Walker. Her practice involves a translation of pictorial practices and inner mythologies through her distinctive ability to compose lyrically gestured figures largely from imagination. Leveille’s facility with the figure and drawing was the center of her successes as an illustrator in the 1990’s until 2011.

As an illustrator under the name Rebecca Guay she received numerous awards, and was featured as a special guest in events in Japan, Australia, Italy, Spain, and France as well as around the U.S.. Her prior work in illustration is in several museum collections including the permanent collection of the American Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, and she maintains a position on the LOW committee that stewards the Illustration collection at the New Britain Museum of Art.

A constant subtext of Leveille’s art is her relationship to materials.  Thick buttery paint forms the confident wide lines of the drawing in her oils.  Washes drift below impastos. Pencil and graphite powder bear force of mark and streak.  The assertion of materials never overwhelms the creation of pictures yet it forms an ever-present and voluptuous tactility with meanings of its own.

Leveille’s art has garnered words of praise from Jerry Saltz, Walter Robinson, and Peter Frank. Her work has been exhibited around the country including several previous group shows with the Untitled Space curated by Indira Cesarine (One Year of Resistance, Secret Garden: The Female Gaze on Erotica, She Inspires, and Uprise), The LBIF Annual Drawing Exhibition 2017 Juried by the Whitney Museum's Jane Panetta and The Spring Break Art Show 2018.
Additional group shows include the Allentown Museum of Art, PA, Delaware Art Museum, DE, MA, Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY, Abend Gallery, CO, the Corey Helford Gallery, LA, and The Center for Contemporary Art, Sante Fe, NM.

Other exhibitions include solo shows at: Corey Helford Gallery, LA, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, NY, and the Michelson Gallery, MA. 

Rebecca Leveille  currently lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.

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