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Brian Leatart is an internationally acclaimed photographer of limitless imagination and powerful vision. His work is distinguished by learned classicism nuanced by an irreverent point of view. His idiosyncratic visual language is informed by the emotion and style of his artistic upbringing.
Brian Leatart was born in Los Angeles and began shooting street and landscape photography at a very young age. By 18, he had amassed a portfolio of black-and-white landscape photographs and continued his art education in photography first at Cal State Northridge in their Fine Art department, moving on to photography and film at Art Center College of Design for four years where he graduated with a Fine Arts degree.
Right out of school he began shooting editorial assignments focusing on portraits, fashion and location. "From my first assignment, I knew that photography would be my life’s passion." With that passion, he would transform ordinary reality "into my way of seeing things." Eventually Brian segued into shooting food for both editorial, books and advertising and has continued in this specialized niche creatively and successfully ever since. Brian never stopped exploring conceptually-driven photography on its own and has devoted the last 10 years to building a body of work split between traditional film images of landscapes and digital composites of Found Objects and portraits incorporating objects. He has shown in galleries in Los Angeles, Palm Springs and on a monthly basis in Joshua Tree, California.
He maintains studios in Hollywood and Joshua Tree.
"Photography for me involves the ultra exact capture of reality and the absolutely faithful repository of memory. I think the essence of an image lies in the play of proportions, the point of view and the spacial plausability that is caught in the interpretation."
"Figurative language, image recycling, dislocation of spaces and objects, expressionism and a sense of humor make up my high definition and digitally manipulated reality of the modified image. My photographs are the limitation of what is real that amplifies the unreal effect, bringing us closer to the fantastic or dreamlike."
|1999||InStyle Magazine, Director's Guild, Los Angeles, CA. "Best Photographers of L.A."|
|2004||True World Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA. Solo Show, "Double Exposures"|
|2005||Red Arrow Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA. "New Artists." Solo Show, "Double Exposures"|
|2007||The Garage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. "L.A. Photographers."|
|2008 - Present||Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA, Monthly Group Shows. 8 times a year. Mixed Media|
|2013, 2013, 2014||Los Angeles Center for the Digital Arts, Los Angeles, CA. "Top 40". Juried Show. Mixed Media|
|2014||Pacific Palisades Library Gallery, Pacific Palisades, California "Best of Southern California." Juried Show|
|2014||Archangel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. "One Shot" Photography|
|2014||Leica Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA. Group Photography Show|
|2014||Palm Springs Art Museum, Juried Show. Best 30. Mixed Media|
|2015||Art LA Contemporary, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA. Group Photography Show at APA Booth|
|2015||Palm Springs Art Museum, Juried Show. Best 30. Mixed Media|
|2016||Taylor Junction Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA. Solo Show. "Digital Composites"|
|2016||Leica Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA. Group Show. "Portraits"|
|2017||Art Trap, Joshua Tree, CA. Solo Show. "Digital Composites"|
|2017||UC Riverside Gallery, Riverside, CA. Juried Show. Mixed Media|
|2017||Palm Springs Art Museum, Acquisition of "Digital Composite" pieces for their permanent collection|
|2018||Leica Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA. Group Show. "Black + White"|
|2018||High Desert Cultural Center Museum, Yucca Valley, CA. Group Show. "Desert Icons"|
|2018||Il Moro Gallery, West LA, CA. Solo Show. "Digital Composites"|
|2019||Hangar Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Group Show. "Mojave Made"|