Alicia Leeke

“Wide-Open Spaces”

October 17 - November 17, 2019

City Art is pleased to announce our newest exhibition from artist Alicia Leeke entitled “Wide-Open Spaces: Alicia Leeke Makes Her Mark with New Abstract Landscape Paintings”. An opening reception will be held on Third Thursday October 17, 5 – 7 pm. The exhibition will remain on display in the main gallery until November 17, 2019.

South Carolina artist Alicia Leeke is making her mark in landscape paintings with a new body of expressionistic works of art this month at City Art in Columbia, South Carolina.

These contemporary landscapes incorporate a variety of mark-making that range from textural works on canvas to soft atmospheric works of art leaving the viewer’s imagination to finish the painting.

Most art viewers love to look at paintings from about 16 inches from the wall, but Leeke encourages viewing her paintings both up close and from several feet back as you would view a large Monet, Van Gogh or Joan Mitchell work of art in a museum.

Leeke who is right-handed, had to paint some of the works with assistance from her left hand in order to complete some of the paintings when tendonitis flared up just before finishing up the final touches for the show.

Leeke feels having to use her left hand pushed her work mentally and physically by trying to paint from scratch with the opposite hand. According to Leeke, “Rumor has it that French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, tied brushes to his hands to paint as a result of rheumatoid arthritis. Rumor or not, I thought it was worth a shot and actually tried it to see if it would help,” but adds the best thing was to take a long break.

In fact, two weeks prior to the show she forced herself to pack the car and her art dog Lucy to see her friend’s new home in Georgetown. It was the only way she could actually see herself stop painting long enough to make the swelling in her hand go down. Other days she would alternate using ice, Epsom salt and two braces: one on her hand and the other on her elbow to determine which method worked best to improve the tendonitis and continue painting.

Leeke also teaches Introductory and Intermediate Painting as well as Introduction to Abstract Painting and Collage classes. You can find out more information on Alicia Leeke by visiting her website at and