Artist of the moment……..Leon Golub


Leon Golub was an American painter renown for his paintings which show the figure or figures in situations that explore power and sex. Some locations the artist depicted were brothels and torture chambers. The artist also painted well known political figures including Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixo, and Chairman Mao.

Leon Golub was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1922. Golub attended the University of Chicago where he earned a B.F.A. Golub went on earn a M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago.

The artist married painter Nancy Spero. The couple had 3 children. The couple were married for nearly 50 years.

When beginning their art careers, the couple decided to move to Europe. Since the couple both enjoyed painting themes of power and sex, the duo thought their work would be more acceptable in Europe versus the United States.

Leon Golub passed away in 2004 at the age of 82.

In this clip we catch up with the great James Kalm to view a show featuring Leon Golub’s work:

Over his career the artist worked in many mediums including oils, lacquer, and acrylics.

Golub is part of the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago and Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York City.

Price range information:  Prints can be found starting around $4,000. Original works range from $20,000 to $200,000.

What a great style of realism and expressionism. One only wonders what Leon Golub would paint today with all of the violent images we see from mass media that include I.S.I.S. or even church shootings.


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