In the past and continuous present he has been inspired by
the celebrated poets D.J.Opperman and the Spanish poet Lorca. He references
the animated folklore of the Koi San sharing their elemental capacity
to metamorphose their surroundings into tales of magical shamanic import.
He is a powerful image maker who recognizes the edge of reality in his
horizon line, that division between the conscious and unconscious mind.
In the context of this exhibition, "Icons for a past Life",
he reflects on significant exhibitions since 1968. Working on a perspective
series he returns the 'Icon for Opperman' the first painting he made after
the traumatic series of eye operations. This painting was made 'close
up'; an assemblage of photographic images. The essential visual images
Opperman reflects on in 'Klipwerk' are used in a personal context.
Leon paints in tempera using raw pigments, egg and dammar varnish. Grounds
are prepared with French chalk, Titanium Oxide, Gelatine and Boiled Linseed
Compiled by Gail Dörje
National Printers Diploma
National Diploma in Fine Art
National Masters Diploma
B.A. Fine Art
Master of Fine Art
Lecturer in Fine Art
Painting Prize "Cape Art"
Scholarships to Belgium
Impressions, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Along the way, group exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Threshold, annual Winter Solstice exhibition, Cape Gallery, Cape Town
Turn Around Time, annual Winter Solstice exhibition, Cape Gallery, Cape Town
"Continuum", Cape Gallery, Cape Town
"Angels still exhist", Kemmel Belgium
"Lorca '98", Ypres Belgium
"200 Years Lithography", Ypres Belgium
"Casa de Flandes", Villarobledo Spain
" The Boat in Art", Bredene Belgium
"Casa de Flandes", Gent Belgium
"Grafica International", Victoria Venezuela
16th Biennial Graphic Art, Kanagawa Japan
15th Biennial Graphic Art, Kanagawa Japan
Biennial for Graphic Art, Taipei Rep. China
Biennial for Graphic Art, Rockford Illinois U S A
14th Biennial Exhibition, Monte Carlo Monaco
BP Centre Cape Town, Biennial Graphic Art
"Lithography Art and Technique", Sterckxhof Museum , Antwerp Belgium
- University of O.F.S.Stainless Steel Sculpture
- President Hotel Bloemfontein Mural "Intoxicated Birds"
-Anglo American Corporation Paintings for "H.F.O." Book for
H. Openheimer's retirement
- J C I Murals Consolidated Building. Johannesburg
- LTA 2 Paintings "Wilderness Viaduct"
- Pniel Town Square Stainless Steel Fountain Sculpture
- Sint Josephs Retirement Centre Ypres Belgium 6 Murals
- "The Song of Hiawatha" Edition of insert Lithographs publication
Guido Gezelle year.
-“Four Festive Seasons” 6 Festive Landscapes. De Beyard, Nieuwkerke,
-“Coranation of the Sea Devil” Bredene Town Council.
Iziko National Gallery
Pretoria Art Museum
Bloemfontein Art Museum
Kimberley Art Museum
Port Elizabeth Art Museum
Durban Art Museum
Rembrandt Art Foundation
Shell South Africa
Anglo American Corporation
LTA (Construction Company)
President Hotel Bloemfontein
BMW South Africa
Bank Brussels Lambert Belgium
Cape of Good Hope Bank
University of Stellenbosch
University of Cape Town
University of Louvain Belgium
University of the O.F.S. South Africa
Artist: LEON DE BLIQUY
Title: Blue Boat on the bank of the Ganges
Size: 45 x 75 cm
Media: Oil and Tempera on Canvas
Price: R 15 000 Unframed
Solo Exhibition at The Cape Gallery ‘A Gathering of Jesters'
Solo Exhibition at The Cape Gallery 'Dehra Dun, Raga for North India.'
Solo Exhibition at Grande Provence ‘ Metanoia’ opened on 27th March
Solo Exhibition at the U S Gallery, Stellenbosch ‘Verrassing – Surprise’ opened on 8th July
"Banghoek Saga" on Mount Joy Farm hosted by Gavin and Kristin Woodland which provided a nest egg to facilitate the definite move to S.A.
Solo Exhibition at The Cape Gallery ‘Icons for a Past Life’
Galerie Coremans, Knokke-Heist Belgium.
Galerie De Peperbusse, Ostend, Belgium.
International School, Waterloo, Belgium.
Ode to Madiba, André Demedtshuis Wielsbeke, Belgium.
Galerie De Peperbusse, Ostend, Belgium.
Jean Weltz – Hugo Nadé Art Museum, Worcester, South Afrika
Straffe Hendrik Gallery Bruges, Belgium.
“Wind San & Stars” Stellenbosch University S.A.
Gallery 88 Sasolburg S.A.
“Lorca & Elytis” Oliewenhuis Art Museum Bloemfontein S.A.
The Dorp Street Gallery Stellenbosch S. A.
Pretoria Association of Arts South Africa
Bank Brussels Lamber, Bruges Market Square, Belgium.
VLEKHO ( College for Economic Studies) Brussels, Belgium
Gallery Huis Hellemans Edegem, Belgium
KULAK (University of Louvain Campus Kortrijk)
Gallery Van Langenhoven Gent
Gallery Groot Begijnhof Mechelen
" Introduction to Flanders" City Hall Ypres
Bank Brussels Lambert Aalst Belgium
Town Hall Gavere Belgium
Gallerry "Labyrint" Kemmel
"Cape Landscapes" The Chelsea Gallery Wynberg Cape Town
"Return to the Cape" Stellenbosch University
" The Odyssey a Sequel " Bellville Association of Arts
"African Odyssey" S.A. Association of Arts Cape Town
"Homage to Light" Stegman Gallery U.O.F.S.
"Journey to the Heart of Darkness" S.A. Association of Arts Pretoria
Wenniger Graphics Boston U.S.A.
Everard Read Gallery Johannesburg S.A.
"Genesis" King George VI, Art Museum , Port Elizabeth.
" Thamar and Amnon" Gallery International C.T.
"Homage to Lorca" University O.F.S.
"Hommage to Elytis" National Museum Bloemfontein
"Myths and Poems" Goodman Walman Gallery Cape Town
"Myths of the Rain" University O.F.S.
"African Quest" Emile Verharen Museum Sint Amands Belgium
"European Fantasy" N ational Museum, Bloemfontein
"Flemish Bride" Cape Town S.A. Association of Arts
"Flight over Africa" Association of Arts C.T.
"Figures and Fruit" Pretoria Association of Arts
"Winter Landscapes" Natal Association of Arts
"Reflections" Dorp Street Studio Cape Town
"Interiors" Artists Gallery, Cape Town
"Cape Scapes" Adler Fielding Gallery Jhb.