This Friday, October 7, 2011, a small exhibition of my work will open at OTTO in Fullerton, CA. They're calling it "A Trip to Leavens World," and it features my usual mix of bizarre creatures and strange landscapes. If you're in or near Southern California, stop by on Friday and say, "Hello!" Opening reception takes place during the Fullerton Art Walk from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Last year I was invited to take part in an incredible collaboration which brought some of the best vector artists together for charity. Illustrator Stephen Chan coordinated a the project, which saw the artists of the BloodSweatVector collective team up with the artist-driven Renmen Project.
I recently dropped off dozens of limited-edition, signed and numbered prints Mindfulnest, an LA-area shop and gallery featuring great art and hand-made items by local artists and artisans. This Saturday, April 23rd, 2011, I'll be participating in an artist meet and greet at Mindfulnest in Santa Monica.
For the second year in a row, I was invited to decorate a skateboard for the Montana Skatepark Association's annual On Deck art auction. The auction helps raise money to build and maintain skateparks in Montana, giving kids who might be otherwise-occupied something fun and mischief-free to do. It's a very good cause and it's loads of fun to work on. Big thanks to the MSA for a second opportunity to contribute!
The all-new ChrisLeavens.com is finally here! After tons of delays, I finally found the time to completely overhaul the site, moving it to an entirely new backend powered by Drupal 7. My hope is that the newest iteration of the site better conveys the look and feel of my artwork. Interested in the technical bits? Read on. I promise I'll keep it brief.
Here are a few quick photos of my show at dialect in downtown LA! Show runs through February 5, so stop by if you're in town. More show info here. Thanks to everyone who came to the opening and art walk.
Chris Leavens creates story-rich artwork, surreal landscapes filled with bizarre monsters and fantastical characters. His illustrations have appeared in galleries, computer games, books, magazines, TV shows, and feature films.