Leonard Mizerek, Fellow, ASMA, nurtured his artistic love of nature while growing up in the Brandywine Valley. As a young boy, he often went painting along the Brandywine River, deriving inspiration from the countryside of nearby Pennsylvania. His early influence was with the Pennsylvania Impressionists and Brandywine School.
Throughout the last few years, Leonard participated in several invitational Plein Air events including Mystic, Annapolis winning Honorable Mention and Easton Maryland, winning Second Place in the Quick Draw event. He was featured painting live on TV France3 during a major antique boat festival.
In 2006 and 2011, he was awarded Artist in Residence at the Museum Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France and two of his paintings were made part of the museum collection. He was one of 15 artists selected to paint at the Forbes Colorado Ranch and exhibited at the Forbes Museum in New York and made part of the permanent collection. He was featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine. His paintings were featured in the December 2014, January and February 2015, February 2011 and January 09 issues of American Art Collector and several issues of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine including 2013. He exhibited with 23 nationally recognized marine artists at the Newport Art Museum, Maine Maritime Museum and Connecticut River Museum.
Known for his colorful, luminous seascapes and expressive brushwork, Leonard paints on site, deriving inspiration from the many nearby coastal locations as well as harbors throughout the world. A central theme throughout Leonard's work is his use of light. In Mizerek's words, "Light alters the color of all objects and touches those nearby. It sets a mood and evokes emotion, which I strive to portray in my work. I often explore various methods to interpret the way I view nature. I prefer marine subjects because I enjoy the way water reflects the floating objects, as well as the sky and time of day. It mirrors shapes and intensifies light. I paint outdoors to capture the light first hand and bring out all its color and luminosity."
Leonard was awarded the Salzman Award for Excellence in Painting in the 112th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members' Exhibition of the National Arts Club in New York City. He received the Iron Man Award from the American Society of Marine Artists for distinguished achievement and the 2006 Merit Award at the Coos Art Museum in the State of Washington.
Past exhibitions have included over 30 Featured Artist and One Man Shows. These include the American Society of Marine Artists Exhibitions at the Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Chase Riverfront Arts Center, Wilmington, DE, the Delaware Art Museum, The Frye Museum of Art, Seattle, WA, The Mariner's Museum, Norfolk, VA, The Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, Fl, San Diego Maritime Museum, The Mystic Seaport Museum. He has exhibited in the Annual Mystic International and Modern Marine Masters Exhibitions since 1988 and two exhibitions at the National Academy of Design in New York. He graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied at The New York Art Students League with Nelson Shanks and at the National Academy of Design with Raymond Kinstler. Leonard is an Officer and one of 27 Fellows of the American Society of Marine Artists and one of 70 elected members of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists. He is a member of the New England Plein Air Painters, Signature Artist Member of the New England Watercolor Society, and the International Society of Marine Painters.
Leonard was selected for Painting Ships, Shores, & the Sea, a book showcasing America's top marine artists by North Light Books. He was chosen as a finalist in The Artist Magazine's Competition '95, '97 and 2001. He was included in magazine articles in Maine Boats & Harbors, Sea History, Marine Art Quarterly, American Artist Magazine and Watercolor Magazine. Len is also featured in the book, Splash 3, as well as Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers & Bound for Blue Water by Greenwich Workshop Press and the new book Best of Worldwide Landscape.
LEONARD MIZEREK, Fellow-ASMA, NEWS, ISMP, CWS, Guild of Boston
Artist in Residence, Museé Yvonne Jean-Haffen; Dinan, France - June 06 ISMP Ventura County Maritime Museum; Oxnard, CA - February 06 ASMA Cold Spring Harbor Museum; Cold Spring Harbor, NY - April 06 Marine Paintings Exhibition; Newman Galleries - July 05, May 06 Two Artist Show, JM Stringer Gallery; Bernardsville, NJ - May 05, May 06 Two Artist Show, Admiralty Gallery; FL - Jan. 05 Guild of Boston Artists, 90th Anniversary Exhibit; Boston, MA - October 04 Modern Marine Masters Exhibition; Mystic, CT - 95 thru 2006 Guild of Boston Artists Annual Members Exhibit; Boston, MA - April 04, 05, 06 Mystic International; Mystic, CT ? 1988 thru 2005 Coos Bay Museum of Fine Art; Coos Bay, OR - July 04 Cape Museum of Fine Art; Dennis, MA - July 04 Vero Beach Museum of Art, ASMA 13th Natl. Exhibition - April 04 Harvard Club of Boston Exhibition - April 04 ASMA Exhibition, Cape Museum of Fine Arts; Dennis, MA - June thru August 04 Guild of Boston Artists New Member Exhibit - March 04 Featured Artist show, JM Stringer Gallery; Bernardsville, NJ - July 03 thru August 04 One Man Show, Shaw Gallery; Naples, FL - January 04, February 06, January 09, February 2011 The Everlasting Sea: Marine Artists Past & Present - 23 Artists Invitational. Newport Museum of Art, RI; Maine Maritime Museum, Bath, ME; Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT ? 2003 thru 2004 Artist of the Month, Artist's Magazine Web site - 2003 Connecticut River Museum Exhibition; Essex, CT - 2002 Two Artist Show, JM Stringer Gallery; Bernardsville, NJ - 2002 ASMA 12th National Exhibition, Cape Museum of Fine Arts; Dennis MA - 2002 ASMA 12th National Delaware Art Museum, Riverfront Arts Center Museum; Wilmington, DE - 2001 Wet Paint 2000-2005, Mystic Seaport Gallery; Mystic, CT One Man Show, Premier Etage Gallery; Newport, RI ? May 2000 Forbes Museum Invitational; New York, NY - 2000 Featured Artist, Admiralty Gallery; Vero Beach, FL ? March 2000 One Man Show, Admiralty Gallery; Vero Beach, FL - 1999 Small Treasures Show, Debruyne Gallery; Naples, FL - 1999 Galerie Jean de Chatillon; St. Malo, France - 1998 Two Man Show, Schaff Gallery; Cincinnati, OH - 1998 Aubrey's World-Seaman's Institute, South St. Seaport, NYC Featured Artist, Annapolis Marine Art Gallery; Annapolis, MD - 1998 Marine D'Autrefois; Paris, France - 1997 One Man Show, Thames Gallery; Newport, RI - 1997 ASMA Frye Museum, Seattle, WA; Cummer Museum, FL - 1997 New England Watercolor Society Natl. Exhibition - 1995/98/99 ASMA San Diego Maritime Museum; San Diego, CA -1995 ASMA National, Mystic Seaport Museum 1992 International Society of Marine Painters Annual ? 1991 thru 2002 National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition - 1992/94 Realism 97; Parkersburg, VA US Naval Academy Museum; Annapolis, MD - 1995 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Kings Point, NY Operation Sail, Tall Ships Exhibition; Boston, MA Four Artist Show, Norwalk Maritime Museum; Norwalk, CT Museum of Arts and Science; Bridgeport, CT Stamford Museum; Stamford, CT University of Delaware Exhibition; Newark, DE Virginia Museum, Local Exhibition; Richmond, VA Brandywine River Museum; Chadds Ford, PA
AWARDS Coos Bay Museum - Merit Award 06 Sea Heritage Marine Art Exhibition, New York/ First Place Artitudes International Competition / Certificate of Excellence Delaware Art Center Scholarship Award, Wilmington, DE One of 16 Artists selected to paint at the Forbes Ranch, CO - 1999 Competition Finalist, Artist's Magazine - 1995, 97, 2000, 02 Virginia Commonwealth University, Graduate Art Award Northeast Watercolor Society / Napa Honor Award
GALLERY AFFILIATIONS Shaw Gallery; Naples, FL Mystic Maritime Gallery; Mystic, CT J.M. Stringer Gallery; Bernardsville, NJ, Vero Beach, FL Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA
MEMBERSHIP The Guild of Boston Artists, Elected Artist Member American Society of Marine Artists, Fellow, Board Member New England Plein Air Painters, Artist Member International Society of Marine Painters, Artist Member Lyme Art Association New England Watercolor Society, Signature Artist Member Northeast Watercolor Society, Signature Artist Member Connecticut Watercolor Society, Signature Artist Member
COLLECTIONS Griswold Collection Forbes Permanent Collection Bell Helicopter American Yacht Club Collection Tauck Tours Lexmark International Deloitte Touche Vanderbilt Home Furnishings, Inc. Fed Ex Forging Oaks Farm Berwind Collection Encore Bank
EDUCATION Art Student's League; New York, NY Virginia Commonwealth University; Richmond, VA /BFA National Academy of Design; New York, NY
PUBLICATIONS American Art Collector, February 2011 Cover of Mystic Maritime Gallery 25th Exhibition Catalog - 2004 ASMA Newsletter - Fall Edition 2004 Sea History Magazine - Autumn 2004 Bound for Blue Water, Greenwich Workshop Press - 2003 Sea History Magazine - Autumn 2002 Arts & Antiques Magazine - November 2001 Cover of American Artist Magazine - August 2001, contest 2002 Marine Art Quarterly Magazine - Winter 2001 Maine Boats & Harbors Magazine - May 2001 Watercolors in a Weekend, David Charles Ltd, England - 2000 Watercolor Magazine - Spring 2000 A Gallery of Marine Art. Rockport Publishers, 1999 Painting Ships, Shores, and the Sea. North Light Books, 1998 The Best of Colored Pencil III. Rockport Publishers, 1996 Making Your Watercolors More Professional. North Light, 1995 Ideas & Inspirations: Splash 3, 1994