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I paint abstracts to give people a refuge from the overload of everyday life. My work is a vehicle for meeting with oneself, a grounding place where individuals can experience a greater sense of appreciation, awareness and the expansiveness of joy within.
My process starts intuitively, simply by picking up colors. What follows is an organic reaction between two elements; the spiritual and the material. Using tools and technique, the paint is structured with different mediums and textures until a blank surface is transfigured into a communication bursting with life.
Lesley Koenig is a self-taught abstract expressionist who has exhibited in over 75 juried group and solo shows since 2013. She received an Award of Merit in 2014 for one of her earliest paintings and is a juried member of The National Association of Women Artists.
This native New Yorker discovered her purpose at six years old when she was given a watercolor set. Putting color to a surface was a truly transformational, spiritual experience. Through painting, Koenig finally found her voice in the world, her individuality and a means to connect with others.
Despite being advised that focusing on art would not be a ‘real’ livelihood, Koenig persisted. In high school, she won a full scholarship to design school in a seven state East Coast competition. She segued into fashion, became an award winning fashion major at Parsons School of Design, continuing on to have a career with travels to Europe, Asia and India.
In 2013, Koenig began painting. The intimate spiritual connection to color and paint she first experienced as a child reignited. There was no turning back.
Preferring to paint large, in 2016 Koenig acquired a studio. She works daily with the purpose of making paintings that are safe havens for the soul.
Lesley Koenig with a painting's progression in initial stages and just after completion. In the background.several of her 6, 8 and 10 foot paintings.
2020 Celebration Color (juried) Rene Soto Gallery Pop Up Exhibition at The Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport, CT
2020 Annual African American Artists of The Hudson Valley Exhibition (juried) Howland Cultural Center (non-profit org.) Beacon, NY
2019 Open Studios Weekend, Bridgeport Art Trail (non-profit org), Bridgeport, CT
2019 Alternative Spaces Weekend at Yale West Campus, CWOS, New Haven, CT
2019 Homage, JuXtapose Gallery (juried) Rosedale, NY
2019 Alternative Spaces, Art is Money, Money is Art, East Village Art View, NY, NY
2019 Annual Members Exhibition, Howland Cultural Center (non-profit org.) Beacon, NY
2019 Benefit Auction Exhibition The Klein Memorial Theatre, (non-profit org.), Bridgeport, CT
2019 25th African American Artists of The Hudson Valley Exhibition (juried) Howland Cultural Center (non-profit org.) Beacon, NY
2019 Rhythms, Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport CT
2018 Open Studios Weekend, Bridgeport Art Trail (non-profit org.), Bridgeport, CT
2018 28th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Silvermine Arts Center, (non-profit org.) New Canaan, CT
2018 The Delight of Plein Air, Art Works Gallery,(non-profit org.) Norwalk, CT
2018 Art to The Avenue, (juried) Greenwich, CT
2018 Synergy, (juried) Blends Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
2018 Alternative Spaces, Solo Exhibition, Garelick & Herbs, New Canaan, CT
2018 Alternative Spaces, Solo Exhibition, Dolce Hotel, Norwalk, CT
2017 Open Studios Weekend, Bridgeport Art Trail (non-profit org.), Bridgeport, CT
2017 Solo Exhibition, Rockwell Art and Framing, Ridgefield, CT
2017 Solo Exhibition, Hurleyville Arts Center, (non-profit org.) Hurleyville, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, (juried) Six Summit Gallery at Faust-Harrison Pianos, Fairfield, CT
2017 CCNS Annual Art Show Benefit (juried) (non-profit org.) Rowayton, CT
2017 Wild and Balanced Global Juried Exhibition, Gallery 222, Hurleyville, NY
2017 Solo Exhibition, Lillian August, Art to the Avenue, Greenwich, CT
2017 Regional Artists Exhibition, (juried) Schelfhaudt Gallery, University of Bridgeport, CT
2017 Neoteric Abstract; International Juried Exhibition, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2017 Alternative Spaces, Sheroes: Honoring Women Veterans, (juried) The Grove, New Haven, CT
2017 Art Hearts Fashion Global Juried Exhibition, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, NY
2017 Second Annual Juried Exhibition, Maple and Main Fine Art Gallery, Chester, CT
2017 Edgy Elegance Show (juried) Buddy Warren Gallery New York, NY
2017 Winter Exhibition, Maple and Main Fine Art Gallery, Chester, CT
2017 African-American Artists of the Hudson Valley (juried) Howland Cultural Center, (non-profit org), Beacon, NY
2016 Small Works Show (juried) Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY
2016 Holiday Exhibition (juried) Maple and Main Fine Art Gallery, Chester, CT
2016 Open Studios Weekend, Bridgeport Art Trail (non-profit org.), Bridgeport, CT
2016 Celebration (juried) National Society of Women Artists, (non-profit org.) Mulberry Street Library, NY, NY
2016 New Member Exhibition (juried) National Society of Women Artists, (non-profit org.) NAWA Gallery, NY, NY
2016 National Society of Artists 32nd National Juried Show, (non-profit org.) Galveston, TX (juror: Nathan Madrid, full time lecturer, Texas A&M State University)
2016 Fall Exhibition (juried) Maple and Main Fine Art Gallery, Chester, CT
2016 Artists at Grove Street Plaza (juried) Darien, CT
2016 Art Hearts Fashion Global Juried Exhibition Angel Orensanz Foundation, NY, NY
2016 86th Annual National Open Juried Show, CT Women Artists, (non-profit org.) Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT
2016 CCNS Annual Art Show Benefit (juried), (non-profit org.), Rowayton, CT
2016 Aqua (juried) Maritime Gallery, South Norwalk, CT
2015 Small Works Show (juried) Clover's Fine Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2015 Small Works Exhibition at Read's Art Space, (non-profit org.) Bridgeport, CT
2015 Collective Member Pop-Up Show Westport Arts Center, (non-profit org.) Westport, CT
2015 Alternative Spaces, Goffe Street Armory, City Wide Open Studios, New Haven, CT
2015 Alternative Spaces Solo Exhibition, The Mayor's Gallery, Danbury City Hall, Danbury, CT
2015 Ridgefield Art Walk (juried) Ridgefield, CT
2015 Roton Point Art Show, Rowayton, CT
2015 Stamford Art Walk, (juried) Stamford, CT
2015 CCNS Annual Art Show Benefit (juried), (non-profit org.), Rowayton CT
2015 Art About Town (juried) Westport, CT
2015 Art to The Avenue, (juried) Greenwich, CT
2015 Bloom (juried) Art and Frame, Danbury, CT
2015 Annual Spring Show, Art Society of Old Greenwich, (non-profit org.) Cos Cob, CT
2015 Still Life (juried) Clover's Fine Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Solo Exhibition, Brendan's 101 Gallery, Rowayton, CT
2015 Solo Exhibition, Nature's Temptation Market, Ridgefield, CT
2015 Inspiration, Rowayton Arts Center, (non-profit org.) Rowayton, CT (juror, Alex McFarland)
2015 Annual Members' Show Easton Arts Council, (non-profit org.) Easton, CT
2015 From the RAC Studio, Rowayton Arts Center, (non-profit org.) Rowayton, CT
2014 Bruce S. Kershner Gallery Holiday Show (juried) (non-profit org.) Fairfield, CT
2014 37th Annual Juried Show, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, (non-profit org.), Ridgefield, CT (juror: Anne Strauss, former Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)
2014 Rockwell Art and Framing, Westport, CT
2014 Sounds of Summer (juried), Loft Artists Association, (non-profit org.) Stamford, CT
2014 Rethink the Ordinary, Greenwich Art Society, (non-profit org.) Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT (juror: Elizabeth Sherman, Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC)
2014 Ridgefield Art Walk (juried) Ridgefield, CT
2014 Westport Art About Town (juried), Westport, CT
2014 56th Annual Art Show, Darien Art Center, (non-profit org.) Darien, CT
2014 Paint Rowayton, Rowayton Arts Center, (non.profit org.), Rowayton, CT
2014 Art in the Country, Easton Arts Council, (non-profit org.) Easton, CT (juror: Joel Spector, internationally acclaimed artist, teacher)
2013 Picking up the Pieces, Greenwich Art Society,(non-profit org.) Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT (juror: Laura Phipps, Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC)
2013 Annual Members' Show, Art Society of Old Greenwich, (non-profit org.) Greenwich, CT (juror: Claudia Seymour, former president of The Salmagundi Club, NYC)
2017 Annual Paint Out Benefit, Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace, Redding, CT
2016 Benefit for the Annual Silvermine School of Art Children’s Scholarship Fund, New Canaan, CT
2016 19th Annual Art Show, Pequot Library, Southport, CT
2016 RoCo International Small Art Phenomenon, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
2015 BRAG Gives Back, benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Bridgeport, CT
2015 The Rowayton School Annual Fall Fundraiser, Rowayton, CT
2014 Art For The Love of It, Charity Exhibition, Norwalk, CT
2013 Greetings from Black Rock, Auction, Black Rock Art Guild, Bridgeport, CT
2016 Juried Member of The National Association of Women Artists, New York City
2014 Award of Merit, Easton Arts Council Annual Regional Juried Show, Art in the Country, Easton, CT
The National Academy School of Art, New York,
Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
The Art Students League of New York
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
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