Artist David A. Leffel Hosts Tour and Demonstration at Weisman Museum

July 15, 2016  | 1 min read

Renowned artist, author, and teacher David A. Leffel will host a private tour of the retrospective exhibition David A. Leffel: The Mastery of Light currently on display at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. The event will take place at the Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University in Malibu on Sunday, July 17, at 2 PM.

Immediately following the tour of the 50 portraits, still lifes, and landscapes presented in the exhibition, which will be co-led by Weisman Museum director Michael Zakian, Leffel will present a special one-hour demonstration of his painting technique, beginning at 3 PM.

The exhibition is the first major retrospective for the 84-year-old Leffel, who is regarded as a modern day Rembrandt by art critics and collectors alike. Leffel was a child prodigy, who, for most of his first 15 years, lived in hospitals battling osteomyelitis, an extremely rare infection of the bone. Confined to hospital beds, and even in a full body cast for many years, he passed the time by drawing from comic books, magazine photographs, and his own imagination. The exhibition begins with Leffel’s uncanny pencil drawing of famed baseball player Joe DiMaggio, created at age 12. 

His powerful realism arises from his commitment to understanding and capturing the flow of light. He does not paint subjects, but rather light falling and flowing over objects. By treating light as a vital force, he gives life to his paintings.

Seating for this event is extremely limited, and registration is required to attend. Reservations can be made through the Weisman Museum Office at (310) 506-7257 or by sending requests to Michael Zakian.

For additional information about this exhibit, visit the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts website.