Leonie Brown

Leonie Brown

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

About Leonie Brown

My aim to make art that not only tells my story, but all our stories. To speak to the abused, the down-trodden, the hopeless, the lost, the lonely, the shamed, the orphan, the abandoned.

My work is characterized by contrasts – the juxtaposition of light and dark on several levels – which is recognized throughout my paintings. Fine detail, drawn lines, and meticulously painted shapes clash with bold brushstrokes, spatters and blurred and melted colors.

Leonie.e.Brown has a degree in Fine Arts and diploma in teaching and studied Fine Art in Potchefstroom. She was one of the early winners of the Volkskas (now ABSA) Atelier, and today lives and works Cape Town. She has been exhibiting and selling since 2004. Passionate about painting and experimenting with Encaustics, she focuses her work on the relationship between the human spirit, faith, touch,and daily life.

About the Style:
The brightness of oils are mixed with the soft translucency of encaustics (wax) and creates hidden messages and layers below. The layering gives the work a softness and richness that invites the viewer to look closer and to experience the satin-smooth surface through touch. The wax layers get more and more translucent through the warmth emanating from the exploring human hand. The viewer becomes a part of the slow change and clarity of the painting…as if the message is rising from the depth of the hidden soul to the surface of the mind. There is a strange ethereal beauty to these paintings as if made from air.

It is important that the viewer is part of the process. Time blurs and heals our wounds. Like

About Encaustics:
The term Encaustica is derived from Greek, meaning burning in.
Encaustic art has soft, smokey and sensual feel about it and is a spontaneous medium where hot or cold wax is used, to which colored pigments have been added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface and the various layers are melted and burned into each other.
It is typically layered to create more opaque, or more translucent effects, and can be combined with other materials. Each layer of wax can also be scraped, textured or polished for a variety of finishes.
The possibilities are endless—encaustic paintings can be abstract or realistic, subtle or bold—and the wax itself is enormously sensual. It’s really all about incorporating your own style into this wonderful medium.


Teaching diploma

Gregoire Boonzaaier Art Bursary, First prize, 1985.
Potchefstroom Talent Festival: First prize, 1986.
Schweikcherd Art Bursary for Painting.
Winner of Volkskas National Fine Art Competition.
Placement and First Prize in Fine Art Category, 1986.
Rolfes Impressions.
Placement in top 10 nationally: Total Exhibition for Young Artists


Bright Street Gallery SOLO, Somerset West, Cape Town
LifeArt Studio, Durbanville, Cape Town

Freshly Brought, WellingtonMeerendal Art Gallery, Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville, CT
Winter Life Exhibition, Fish hoek, CT
Boldbrush August Competition

Freshly Brought, Wellington
Winter Life Exhibition, Fish Hoek, Cape Town

Art at Constantia, Groot Constantia Art Gallery, Groot Constantia Wine Estate, CT

Rosendal Art Gallery, Durbanville, CT
Die Meul, Philadelphia Art Gallery, Philadelphia, CT

Die Meul, Philadelphia Art Gallery, Philadelphia, CT

Bay Hotel Art Gallery, Camps Bay, CT
Junction Art Gallery, Cape Town, CT

Orange Cactus, Table View, CT
Gallery, Big Bay, Cape Town, CT
Interview with CCFM
Interview with RSG
Die Meul, Philadelphia, CT

Die Meul, Philadelphia, CT
RED! The Gallery, Steenburg Village, CT
De Brak Gallery, Groot Brak, Eastern Cape
The Bay Hotel, Camps Bay, CT
Cayman Islands

Johannesburg Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show, Johannesburg
RED! The Gallery, Steenburg Village, CT

Evita se Perron, Darling, Western Cape
RED! The Gallery, Steenburg Village, CT
OBZ Cafe, Cape Town
Interview with CCFM
Interview with Tygerburger
Before 2006

Potchefstroom Talent festival
Rolfes Impressions
National Volkskas Atelier * Winner in Fine Art Catagory
Total Exhibition for Young Artists
Potchefstroom Art Festival
Lichtenburg Art Festival
V & A Waterfront, CT
Desire Resnick Art Gallery, CT