Leash Holden Artists Statement: My art comes from the inside. There is no complex motivation or reasoning behind it; I am simply responding to a compulsion that has always been present in me. My father is an abstract artist, so I have been steeped in the artistic tradition for my whole life.
I like to challenge myself and the consumer, and have no interest in making art that is comfortable. Juxtapositions are a big part of what I do. Characters can be equal parts cute or terrifying, and the presentation of them side by side strengthens each individual element in a way that isolating the elements does not.
Some artists have a vision, and are trying to make grandiose comments about society, or something to that effect. I do it because it is who I am. It is what I am. I am an artist. The art will come out of me, and I would like to share it with you.
I have attached a few samples of a recent series that I completed. These are individual acrylic paintings done on 5”x7” wooden panels that have been digitalized.