Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
As a young man, Leslie Paul enjoyed making simple pencil drawings on paper, although what he really wanted be a painter. He was finally able to realize his dream upon joining the ECF Art Centers in 2001. Since then, Paul’s practice has given him a vehicle to not only create energetic painterly compositions, but also to help him remain emotionally grounded. Paul often states that painting is one of the things he enjoys most in life.
Paul’s process is exclusively intuitive. The repetition of simple gestures and geometric shapes plays a prominent role throughout his body of work. The starting point for his paintings usually begins with a background painted in one or two solid colors which he then compliments with geometric shapes created using thick layers of acrylic paint. A common shape found throughout his paintings is a square, rendered in raw and energetic strokes that result in intense and dynamic variations of lines. As such, each square in any given painting has its own personality, its own unique character that coalesces with other individualized shapes to make up a lively orchestration. Although he has a preference for squares in his compositions, he occasionally interjects other geometric shapes such as circles, lines, letters and numbers in his paintings.
Leslie Paul is a professional artist with special needs whose studio has been based in the ECF Art Center's West Side studio for over fifteen years. He is represented by DAC Gallery where he regularly exhibits. ECF Art Centers is an adult program of the Exceptional Children's Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that provides services to adults and children with developmental disabilities.