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Mel Leipzig
Trenton, NJ

Artwork Details
Joshua's Tattoos
52" x 68"

Mel Leipzig studied at the Cooper Union and received his MFA from Yale University in 1958 and a MFA from Pratt Institute in 1972.  He has received numerous awards, including a Fulbright Traveling Fellowship in 1958, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 1959, a Merit Award for Associated Artists of New Jersey in 1989, and several fellowship awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Leipzig was also the recipient of one of the last-ever individual artist grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, in 1995. He moved from New York to New Jersey in the 1960s to teach at Mercer County Community College, where he has taught art history and painting for the past 36 years.  Leipzig was also one of the co-founders of TAWA (Trenton Artists’ Workshop Association).

Leipzig uses a limited palette, mixing only red, yellow, blue, and white paints to achieve all other colors.  As a result, his work has a feeling of control.  Leipzig tends to favor painting interiors or structures with a dramatic sense of perspective, as well as an intriguing amount of clutter.  Although not evident in every painting, he tends to curve the lines in his perspective system, creating the illusion that the viewer is standing in front of the event that was painted, and supplying a greater sense of realism than is normally observed in everyday life.

Leipzig was a featured artist in the 1999 New Jersey Fine Arts Annual exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum.  He has also been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and Gallery Henoch in NYC, where he is represented.  His works are in numerous permanent collections including the New Jersey State Museum, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum for the Decorative Arts in NYC, Yale Art Gallery in New Haven, CT, and The White House Collection in Washington, D.C.  Leipzig has also completed many works for private collections and commissions.