Credit: Leo Recilla, Stand Your Ground (detail), 2021, charcoal, acrylic, India ink.
Thursday Artist Talk: Leo Recilla, "Simplicity Meets Complexity"
Leo Recilla shares his animal portrait drawings in this Thursday Artist Talk organized by Surrey Art Gallery Association.
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Leo Recilla makes a living as a freelance graphic designer, but when the intake of design work slows down, he moves on to working with his hands and away from a screen, creating artwork based on a list of ideas he’s compiled through the years.
Using techniques developed from studying graphic design, Recilla combines realistic details with simple abstract or geometric forms. In this illustrated talk about his drawing practice, Recilla will highlight Spirit Animals, an ongoing portrait series of his that depicts the intricate relationship between wild animals and humans.
The main subjects of the portraits, each inspired by the wildlife of British Columbia, are hand-drawn in realism with a lot of detail and interlocked within simple abstract or geometric forms that represent man-made interactions.
The most prominent tools he uses are graphite and charcoal, occasionally mixing in inks or acrylic paint sparingly to accentuate specific areas and achieve an intended effect.
About the Artist
Leo Recilla is a brand identity designer and self-taught artist, born and raised in the Philippines. He immigrated in 2003 to Burnaby, BC where he’s currently based. Aside from art, Recilla strives to broaden his creative horizons by designing logos and branding for small to mid-size businesses, taking film photography & self-develop at home, and occasionally doing woodworking.
About Surrey Art Gallery Association
Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) is a non-profit society that offers its members the opportunity to participate in and respond to contemporary art and be part of a community that actively supports Surrey Art Gallery.