Known since the 1950s for his abstract and figurative painting, Alfred Leslie has embraced technology and new techniques, thus updating his craft for the contemporary age. These pixel scores further the ideas Leslie began in his Grisaille paintings of 1963. Here he composes the image on the computer, using a dactyl to draw on the computer itself. That file is then digitally printed, using dye sublimation. It's a hybrid art. Leslie’s dexterity in portraiture in any medium is very much in evidence. He uses multiple planes and vantage points to create these images that are both abstract and specific.
The subject matter of this continuing series are all literary characters involved in sexual and violent worlds. Leslie's renderings are his interpretation from the books, regardless of other perhaps more recognizable versions known from film. The seven large scale prints tower up to 7x5 feet in size. Details of scale and perspective make them ingenious and compelling.
Painter and filmmaker Alfred Leslie was born in the Bronx, New York in 1927 and currently lives and works in Manhattan. In the late 1940s he emerged as a filmmaker and an Abstract Expressionist Painter. In the 1950s and ’60s, he was associated with a community of avant-garde artists and writers, including Joan Mitchell, Larry Rivers, Robert Frank, Jack Kerouac, and Frank O’Hara with whom he often collaborated.