The Biography Below was written the year before my son" Art Leigh Odom" was born. Much has changed in my life and direction. I now work full time as a Tattoo Artist and Paint with ART every week. He is three now and has all but mastered his paints & brushes (well at least how to use them) The freedom I find in these sessions is the most peace ful place I can Find, I have and will continue to show my work as time permits. And as always dont hesitate to contact me
Leigh is a self-taught artist born in Richmond Va Dec 1977. As a local Richmond artist Leigh has had much success exhibiting paintings and performing his artwork live. Creating images in many genre he has branched out into the world. With the help of the web he has gained the attention of collectors abroad and had many projects commissioned by individuals and companies. At a young age he has accomplished these things with the odds stacked against him , yet with persistence and determination his work continues to evolve.
"I have been creating images since I could hold a pen and have recorded my entire life with these creations.
My painting is a testament of my being and will be as long as I am.
Artist Statement February 27th 2007
My paintings are a reflection of emotion captured in layered patterns of structure & chaos. As my style progressed , it lost its form. I began painting more things such as inanimate objects. Just about everything has been painted at some point or another. Living beings where placed within my painting & the paintings came to life. I continue to stretch the boundaries of what may be painted and at the same time continuously long to be engaged with a plain canvas. My favorite thing in the world is to be knee deep in a large painting. At times I perform the techniques I have learned. The interaction which occurs from having an audience is wonderful. I am able to share the techniques I have worked years to perfect. I am able to share these feelings , visually.
Leigh T. Odom
232 marbleridge rd
N. Chesterfield Va 23236
804 247 5693
Im looking for free-lance jobs which utilize Graphic & Artistic Skills and have an appreciation for creative & intuitive minds. I can help bring media versatility and vision cohesiveness to any media / multi-media project.
Fine-Art : Paintings , Exhibitions & Performances
Past Painting Exhibitions
2013- Large showing of over onehundred Paintings and Prints at "ART DECOUR" at "Stony Point Fashion Mall" Ongoing now for at least 3 months.
2012- Exhibition of hundreds of works of Art at Virginia Center Commons at "Art Dimension" Show ran for 4months and was a great success.
2012-Showing of original paintings and prints at "BookHolders" a (VCU) bookstore. Show ran for nearly 1 year before taking it down!
2012-Live Painting Performance for Wicked 6 productions. Body Painting.
2012-Febuary Exhibition of Large Scale paintings Only in the Main Hall of the Richmond City library. This was a great show.
2012-Live painting Performance , Body painting live at the "Cotton Club" for a private party!
2011-lIVE PERFORMANCE AMD oNGOING SHOW OF LARGE PAINTINGS AT "aDRIANNA'S cOLLECTION"
2010- Exhibition "DECOUR" at Chesterfield Towne Center , show ran for 3 months
2010- Body Painting for "Camouflage Diamonds" @ The Harlem Cafe.
2010 - Oct 1st. First Fridays Opening "SPLINTERS" was at 212 Tattoo and is Now a Touring Show.
2009- Friday Nov 6th Painting & Photography Showing @ ZEPHYR TATTOO. 314 Brook Rd Richmond va 23220. 7-11pm At the corner of ADAMS n BROAD ST along the first fridays artwalk between Broad & Gallery 5. Exhibit runs until Dec. 3rd 09.
2009- Friday October 30th I did a Live Body painting Exhibition at The Paradise Lounge. I have some pictures now. It was a ton of Fun
2009-Friday Sept 4th -Exhibition of Paintings & Photography @ ZEPHYR TATTOO. The Show was great success and was my first gallery exhibition since the birth of "Art Leigh Odom." He is nearly two now and has begun painting with me.
2008-April -Ongoing Exhibition of Paintings & Photography @ 3rd St Diner. Show Opens Friday April 4th.
2008-March Exhibition of Paintings & Photography @ "Old Dominion Club" on the artwalk (Broad St)
2008-Jan-Ongoing. Exhibition of Photography now on display at JOURNEYS END Custom Tattoo Shop. Also I have begun working there as an Artist so if you want One of a Kind Custom Tattoos come & talk to Leigh , Mike Ivy or Goat. 2028 W. CARY St Richmond Va 23220 (804) 622-7794
2008-Feb. 1st. @ RAMAKINS. Exhibition of Photography , Mixed Media work & Proccess Paintings produced largly from the artwork created during various alien transformations over the past 5 years. Small Performance may be in the works for this exhibit also.
2007- Living Installation Orgo-Mechanic @ Gallery 5 First Friday June 1st
2007-Exhibition of Paintings @ Common Grounds April-June
2006-Live painting performance @"SPIRAL" Arts Festival Nov. 11th
2006 Exhibition of paintings at "The Haunts of Richmond" March 31st
2006- Showing of Journals @ Gallery 5- First Friday March 3rd
2006-Live painting performance @ Gallery 5. First Friday Feb 3rd
2006-Exhibition of paintings in Fable / Foyer galleries @ Artspace. w/Gwar. Jan 27th
2006 -Exhibition of paintings. @ GALLERY 5. Jan 6th
2005-August - Final Showing @ The Henry St Art Gallery. Solo Exhibition of paintings created in 2005.
2005-Exhibition of paintings @ The Henry St Art Gallery. First Friday August
2005-Exhibition of paintings @ The Henry St Art Gallery. First Friday March
2005-Custom Projections with Original Artwork on Display @ Tropical Soul in Richmond Va. Sat Jan the 8th w/ Djs
2004-Interpretive Projections performed @ HyperLink Cafe Dec 25th w DJ Hutch.
2003-Solo exhibition of paintings , Summer @ INK Gallery
2003-Solo Exhibition of paintings , Jan.@ Richmond City Library
2002-Group Showing of Paintings @ Sauce (Night/Dance Club)
2002-Group Showing of Paintings @ 1826 Gallery
2002-BruceLeigh Show @ Bruce Wilhelm's house (Local Surrealist , we did much collaboration during this period)
2001-Group Showing of Paintings@ 1826 Gallery
2001-Group Showing of Paintings @ In The Mix (Night/Dance Club)
2001-Group Showing of Paintings @ Shockoe Bottom Art Center - Richmond Va
Commercial Art: Commissions , Graphics & Web-Design
Past Commissioned Artwork
2012- Surf Board repaired and painted , Customized for the son of the client. This was a show stopper on Christmas.
2012- Full Face mask Motorcylce Helmet , painted to match a custom on a bike shipped to the east coast from central california. Awesome Helmet.
2012- Two Harley Motorcycle Skull caps Painted to go with existing Harley Motorcycles
2011- Mirror painted with skulls and flames so that when you look into it , your in the flames.Done as a gift for another.
2011- 8/8' Mural of Richmond Va painted inside the recreation room of a client as a present for her husband.
2011- Body parts painted for a Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle
2011- masks Created and painted for the girl group from D.C. called Dystruction for an outerspace show.
2011- Custom Biz cards designed and produced for all stylists at Rhetts Hair salon.
2010 - Album Artwork and graphic layout for band Torture Point's Debut Album. T-Shirt Design Also.
2007- Custom Paint / Airbrush , Antique Harley Davidson Motorcycle (complete breakdown , restore , custom painting , finishing)
2006-2007 Numerous graphics created for Legend Brewing Co. T-Shirts , Bottle caps , Letter-heads , Watermarks , Coasters , Menus
2006- Flyers/ Biscards designed & produced for Rhett's Beauty Salon
2006- Custom Paint / Airbrush , Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle , Helmet also designed to match bike.
2006- Custom Paint / Airbrush , Military Shrapnel Guard for Helicopter Pilot in Iraq.
2005- June-July Gwar Merchandise Tent Painted & Airbrushed for "Sounds of the Underground Tour" Nation wide tour spanning 8 weeks.
2003-2005 Many Flyers Created for Ink Tattoo & Art.
2004- Fine Art (High Quality) Prints created for Jesse Smith of Kaotic Enzymes.
2003- Flash web-page Created for Jesse Smiths Kaotic Enzymes Webmaster for this page for a year following.
2000- Built Original websites for Web-Software company Castle Technologies.These websites provided Application Provider a powerful business card helping get them their first big contracts.
Other Relevant Experiences:
2005 - Flag Created for Gwar used to open the show on their "20th Anniversary Tour". Tour ran for 8 weeks nationwide.
2003 - Assisted Patrick Dougherty for three weeks in the Creating of the Sculpture âFiddlesticksâ @ The Childrenâs Museum of Richmond â
2002-2003- Assistant Director of Exhibits at âThe Childrenâs Museum of Richmond.â In charge of creating & maintaining / displays.
2001-2002 - Assisted in installation / creation of Dinosaur , Bats , Cave , Crayola and Christmas exhibits at âCMORâ
2000-2005: 10 Underground Music albums designed and produced. The response from these graphic projects was great , the results being very unique in a sea of mediocrity.
1994-2007: Have performed the ritual of tattooing since the age of 16. This is not an advertised service and is performed more as a gratuitous service. This aspect of my artwork is reserved for old clients & friends as they understand that my tattooing is an extension of my painting and I treat it as such , doing only large custom pieces , many of which take years to complete.
Tattoo Artist- Have been tattooing for over 16 years. Currently working at Zephyr Tattoo Gallery.
Ink / Acrylic : paintbrush ,airbrush , Pen & Ink
Graphic Media / Web Design : Macromedia Flash MX , Adobe Photoshop CS , Dreamweaver MX , Fireworks MX , Adobe Pagemill , Adobe Illustrator , Handwritten code
Photography : Creation , Digital Airbrushing (Re-touching ), Digital Enhancement , Restoration , Duplication
Flash Animation : Web Intros , Animated Logoâs , Custom Projections , Interactive Web Content
Mixed Media : Process Painting
Printing : Biz-cards , flyers , brochures , Fine Art Prints
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