About Leonard Porter
Segnatura Fine Arts’ Featured Artist
Porter received training at some of the finest art schools in the country, the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 1991 Porter turned away form the prevailing styles in contemporary art to begin exploring the Classical tradition.
Porter’s work has increasingly garnered attention and acclaim, exhibiting in museums and galleries, and appearing in publications, including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Art & Antiques Magazine. Porter has received a number of commissions to paint large ecclesiastical murals with complex theological programs, including a 21 foot wide triptych altarpiece for St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD.
“I’m so honored to have been entrusted with these Renaissance-like commissions. You wouldn’t think liturgical commissions of this scale and complexity are possible in today’s world.”
In addition to a number of ecclesiastically based private commissions, Porter has recently completed a new set of the 14 Stations of the Cross, which is the basis of Segnatura’s 14 Stations of the Cross Giclée Set. The set has recently received a 2011 Merit Design Award from the American Institute of Architects’ Interfaith Forum on Religious Art and Architecture.
Porter is a recipient of the prestigious Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition, he is a Fellow Emeritus of Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and he is a member of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners. Originally from Oregon, Porter lives with his wife in New York and maintains a studio there as well.
Acclaim for Leonard Porter
“perhaps the most articulate painter of Christian themes working today”
“Incomparable conceptual rigor and skill in the creation of paintings and murals.”
“Porter illuminates the Faith in a rich, new light, rendering our souls much the better for having experienced his magnificent contributions to more than 2000 years of Christian art.”
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