Past Exhibits
“McFadden–Legacy” Exhibition
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Liberty Arts Gallery presents, “McFadden–Legacy” solo exhibition honoring late Yreka artist, Leon McFadden.

Local artist Leon McFadden, a long-time member of the Yreka community, passed away at age 92 on September 20, 2012. He left behind an extensive body of meticulous, detailed paintings, ink-stamp portraits, drawings and sketches that span the course of his lengthy creative career.

In honor of McFadden, Liberty Arts Gallery has curated solo exhibition, McFadden–Legacy, featuring his finest works, while simultaneously presenting the McFadden Salon in an adjacent storefront to showcase the deeper collection.

A scientist and inventor, many of McFadden’s pieces were quite sculptural like this series of “Hexagons.”

McFadden experimented with many various ways of applying paint to canvas, as evident in the centrifugal circles on these hex canvases.

One of McFadden’s more ambitious concepts was the “Prometheus Project,” which was to be a large structure erected outdoors containing several 6-paneled cubes with a different painting on each panel.

This model shows how the painted cubes would rotate and turn, creating an ever-changing combination of visual displays.

The large painting of Mt. Shasta sold at the opening reception to the owner of a lodge on the Klamath River, which will be a perfect new home for this majestic and stunning piece.

McFadden’s work exhibits impressive attention to detail as shown in this abandoned barn that sits at the base of the mountain in the above painting of Mt. Shasta.

McFadden’s oeuvre contains many pieces he called his “Divisionist” works, which refers to the way each piece is composed of tiny, separate shapes of color.

Some of McFadden’s most provocative work was created with rubber stamps made from corporate logos, taglines, slogans and products. This makes sense considering McFadden owned an advertising agency in Los Angeles in the 60’s and 70’s.

Rubber-stamp portraits of Ronald Reagan and Adolph Hitler.

The realism McFadden achieved simply by layering stamps in various colors is extraordinary.

McFadden was well-known locally for his realistic portraits of friends, family and community members.

More rubber-stamp works include, “Penny – Playmate for Now,” “Big Bird” and a three-step process of “Lady Liberty” on hexagon panels.

Another ambitious idea, “The Liberty Project,” was going to be a large-scale reproduction of the Statue of Liberty made up entirely of painted panels, such as this “Liberty Eye.” Failing to secure funding for the project, it languished before being rebooted as a new non-profit model with a different mission known as…Liberty Arts!

McFadden Legacy and the McFadden Salon run through November.

Liberty Arts Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

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Photos and Text by Nikolas Allen – Marketing Director, Liberty Arts

2 Responses

  1. sbrianadam says:

    HELLO LEON. DIDN’T KNOW YOU WERE DEAD. GET IN TOUCH. LOVE BRIAN.
    PS HOW’S TRUDY/DOG DOING
    I GUESS THIS IS ENOUGH FOR NOW. SEEYA.