Hilton Leech was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1906 and passed away in 1969.
He studied with George Luks, Archile Gorky and George Pearse Ennis at the Grand Central Art School; Art Students League, NYC.
Hilton held membership and held office in many prestigious organizations: Florida Artists Group, 1952, 1953, president; Palm Beach Art League; Florida Federation of Art; American Watercolor Society; Philadelphia Watercolor Club; Salmagundi Club; Allied Artists; Knickerbocker Artists; Sarasota Art Association; Casein Painters Society; Ringling Art School; Art League of Manatee County; Atlanta Art Association.
Since 1970, the Fine Arts Society has been acquiring works of art and displaying them at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The collection contains 51 pieces by Florida artists and represents a wide range of media and styles dating from the 1930's to the present.
Join a Docent-led tour of our collection at the Van Wezel and learn more. Guides will walk you through the gallery of paintings and sculptures from Florida’s most renowned artists as well as provide a backstage tour of the Van Wezel.
Dates: Second Monday of the Month - October through May at 10:00 AM
October 14, December 9, January 13, February 10, March 9, April 13 & May 11
Tour reservations and tickets: 941-953-3368
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, Florida 34236
For information and questions, please contact the Van Wezel: 941-953-3368
“These types of structures hold history for me because I worked in them as a child in the South. I’ve been painting them for over 40 years because many remain in my hometown of Quincy, Florida. The recent hurricane that hit the panhandle destroyed many lives along with this particular barn. The painting, through representational, is boldly abstract in the use of overlapping forms and contrasting elements. The use of light adds both atmosphere and weight to the composition.”
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