The Art of Life

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The Art of Life is a self-portrait originally created for my solo exhibition, Leslie Adams, Drawn from Life, at the Toledo Museum of Art. Inspired by Charles Wilson Peale’s The Artist and His Museum, it portrays me in my studio surrounded by images of family, newspaper clippings chronicling my career, and monographs on influential teachers, mentors and artists. Strategically placed are books, mementos, and art that have nurtured me throughout my life. Included are pop references to Winky and Warhol, the New York Academy of Art, and Ohio’s historical Statehouse and Supreme Court where I am privileged to work. Sensazione, an earlier self-portrait, is prominently displayed - a nod to its recognition from the TMA and Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Leonardo da Vinci’s words, “There cannot be such anguish compared to that felt by the artist who seeks the realization of [her] dream and finds it compromised by weak execution,” inspire me while Raphael’s Three Graces offer guidance.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Charcoal and white chalk on paper
  • Width: 71 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 108 inches