"In my paintings, I try to capture the ephemeral: that which lies beyond words or reason. Painting has taught me to do as I feel. I don't think in front of the canvas, my arm takes over: it's intuitive. What touches my heart I translate in my paintings. I love to explore and mix colors and materials, as a result I sometimes mess up a painting. But this can also be the start of something unexpectedly new. Painting is fun, sometimes a struggle too: is it enough, is it ready, is it too much? However, it's always an adventure."
Dutch abstract painter, Léonce Lemmens (b. Maastricht,The Netherlands) creates abstract expressionist paintings. She works with acrylics, oil, mixed media, and spray paint on canvas and paper. Léonce's paintings are mostly made with lots of layers. Applied paint gets removed again, after which new layers are created with new elements.
In her youth, Léonce was always drawing and painting. She wanted to become a fashion designer and studied at the Maastricht Art Academy. This path was shortly interrupted as she seized the opportunity to work at an advertising agency. After some years in the advertising/public relations field, Léonce took yet a different path and for the next decades, her meandering career took her from healthcare to international real estate finance.
Until 2014 Léonce's art had been private. That changed when she being an avid traveler and made a trip to the Mongolian Gobi desert. This experience reawakened whatever had drawn her to paint. Painting has now her full attention and she found her way in abstraction. Léonce Lemmens currently lives and paints in the Dutch countryside.
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