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Weisman Museum Hosts David A. Leffel Art Exhibition

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The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University had on display an art exhibition entitled David A. Leffel: The Mastery of Light—A Retrospective, from May 14 through August 7, with a special opening reception to meet the artist on May 14.

The exhibition was the first major retrospective for the 84-year-old Leffel, who is regarded as a modern-day Rembrandt by art critics and collectors alike. Approximately 50 paintings from the past 50 years were featured, showcasing portraiture, still lives, and landscapes of the revered artist, author, and teacher.

“With David A. Leffel: The Mastery of Light, we had a rare opportunity to examine how David Leffel developed a powerful, personal style that explored the magic and mystery of light, as the exhibition chronicled his journey in becoming one of today’s great masters of traditional realist art,” explained Michael Zakian, director of the Weisman Museum.

Zakian authored a 144-page, full-color, hardbound book with the same title to accompany the exhibition. The book illustrates in detail Leffel’s life and the development of his art, while a documentary film, screened during the exhibition, shared more about the artist’s life and art.