City of Irvine
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE #14-10-21
Exhibition runs from November 1, 2014–January 25, 2015 with an opening reception on November 2
Contact : Public Information Office, 949-724-6077, firstname.lastname@example.org
IRVINE, CA (October 21, 2014): The Orange County Great Park will present an art exhibition, Mark Leysen, November 1, 2014-January 25, 2015 at the Great Park Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 2 from 1-3 p.m.
Mark Leysen’s abstract expressionist paintings allude to physical space, its experience and emotional imprint. Color and rhythm shape the compositions, with geometric forms providing balance and harmony. Leysen’s tools and materials – brushes, palate knives, paints and his music collection – are incorporated in the exhibition to illustrate the creative process of the artist at work.
Leysen taught college-level art for more than 30 years. Since his retirement in 2010, he has worked intensively on a new body of work influenced by geographical regions that inspire him including Carmel, Carpinteria, Coronado, Monterey and San Francisco, which will be featured in the exhibition.
Mark Leysen was born in Antwerp, Belgium during WWII. He moved to Orange County 57 years ago and has lived in Irvine for the past 35 years. His work has been exhibited throughout California and Mexico in various exhibitions including UCLA Hammer Museum, San Bernardino Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Museo de Arte in Querataro (Mexico) and Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana.
Gallery admission, parking and opening reception are free to the public. The Orange County Great Park is located off the 5 or 405 freeways at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine. For more information, visit ocgp.org or call 949-724-6880.
Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 242,651, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century. For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.