Leigh Blackistone is an enigmatic Southern artist who infuses her special brand of passion, energy and creative sensitivity into everything she designs. Never fearful to dance on the dark side from time to time, Blackistone seeks to elicit a powerful emotion from her audience creating images to have a lasting effect.  The ‘reactional art’ she creates is never the same… the paint moving by brush or gravity alone turns from one subject matter to another.   

“Producing ‘reactional art’ requires a high level of artistic confidence…  a painting can be a nice “happy/safe” painting- BUT to have a piece that will stay in one’s mind- being positive or negative- then THAT is a successful piece.  ”

By blending aspects of Expressionism, Fauvism, Impressionism, and Surrealism with her own unique style, she redefines her craft with every brushstroke. She is strongly influenced by the creativity of Hieronymus Bosch, the tragic life of Vincent Van Gogh, the symbolism used by Georgia O’Keefe, the mastery of light by Caravaggio, the ‘throwing’ boldness of Jackson Pollack, and the fluidity of Salvador Dali – Blackistone credits her own mother as her greatest source of inspiration. Thanks to a shared love of nature and fond memories of her mother’s passion for gardening, the artist soon found her preferred subject matter as shown in her tree forms and sensual landscapes. It’s not unusual for her garden’s exotic influence to flow forth from her paintbrush when in the studio.

Blackistone considers herself a sculptural painter.  She ‘visually molds’ the human form within her nude pieces as if she were handling a clay medium. While creating the painting, she is sculpting the form in a painterly 2 dimensional manner… twisting figurative forms can be seen within the trees and sensual insinuations within her fruit and floral paintings.  The placement of pear stems purposely directs the viewer through the piece… a ‘Caravaggioistic trait’.   Other influenced techniques include Pollack’s ‘throwing of paint’ or her own creation of ‘gravity pulling’ the paints.  No piece will ever be the same… it is impossible to replicate the spontaneous blending of paint.

After receiving dual degrees in Painting and Photography from the University of Georgia’s School of Art, Blackistone displayed her talent to critical acclaim at numerous shows in Athens, Atlanta, and throughout the Southeast.  She began showing in many one person invitational and group showing starting in 1992 to present day.  In addition, she welcomes the many commissions her patrons request. 

Blackistone revels in the history of her craft, studies the Masters, and continues to hone her talent through new trying new techniques and mediums. She welcomes the opportunity to inspire others and make a little history of her own through her work. Her paintings can be seen gracing the walls of homes all over the South and at the gallery she now owns with her husband – Carter House Gallery & Framing in Alpharetta, Georgia. 


Exhibitions & Showings

Pampas, Alpharetta, GA 2013 ~ “Impressions Left Behind” ~ one person invitational showing 

Sotheby’s / Atlanta Fine Homes – Midtown 2012 ~ commissioned 12 piece installation

Pampas, Alpharetta, GA 2012 ~ “Sensual Fluidity”~ two person invitational showing

Pampas,  Alpharetta, GA 2011~ “Aesthetic Imagery” two person invitational showing

Private Artists Showing – Duluth, GA  2002 and 1997~ group invitational showing

Carter House Gallery – Alpharetta and Duluth, GA  locations 1995 ~ present

The Big “A”  Show – Atlanta, GA 1994 ~ group invitational showing

SOHO – Atlanta, GA 1994 ~ one person invitational showing

Caffeines – Atlanta, GA 1994 ~ one person invitational showing

Castleberry Artists Group – Atlanta, GA 1994 ~ “Snake Nation” group invitational showing

AXYS – Atlanta, GA  1994 ~ one person invitational showing

Castleberry Artists Group – Atlanta, GA 1993 ~ group invitational showing

The Red Light – Atlanta, GA  1993 ~ “Shape Shiftings” one person invitational showing

The Lyndon House Museum – Athens, GA 1993~ juror renowned artist Audrey Flack, group exhibition

Athens Coffee House- Athens, GA 1993 ~ two person invitational showing

University of Georgia Visual Arts Gallery- Athens, GA 1993 ~ “Hanging/Standing” ~ group exhibition

The Last Resort- Athens, GA 1993 ~ one person invitational showing

Lulus- Athens, GA 1993 ~ one person invitational showing

Rage- Athens, GA 1992 ~ one person invitational showing


Citations & Reviews

Sotheby’s / Atlanta Fine Homes 2012 ..........................................PRLog- 2011

Atlanta Art Galleries ......................................................................10Best

Johns Creek Patch 2011, 2012 .......................................................Tlehs Best

Athens Banner-Herald ...................................................................2009

Atlanta Art Guide ..........................................................................Creative Loafing- 1993 and 1994

Atlanta Magazine- 1995 .................................................................The Red & Black- 1992, 1993, and 1994

Atlanta Journal & Constitution – 1993, 1994, and Merchant Circle