Leslie Josphson Biography
Multi- talented Leslie Josephson began his career at the age of 48 when he was commissioned for an exhibit at the Royal Mile Gallery in Edinburgh. Scotland. Within two years he had retired from his first career as a shopkeeper to devote his life to his painting.
Leslie emphasizes shape and movement in each distinctively designed piece. He has been noted for his use of "unique colors, textures and soft forms" that are apparent in all of his nine artistic styles of paintings.
Josephson was inspired and influenced by classic styles, particularly related to feminine forms. His constant search for more definite lines associated with the classics have created a uniquely, undated and elegant look. His pieces have the ability to fit a variety of design moods from the contemporary to the traditional.
Leslie's Technique: He became famous in Scotland as the "Soapbox Artist" because of his unusual use of household items including spatulas, glass ornaments and other kitchen utensils in Lieu of a paintbrush. He would later be known throughout the United Kingdom as "Nine Artists in One" due to the wide proliferation of styles of his paintings.
Leslie's work: His work has been exhibited and purchased around the world from North American and Europe to Israel. His paintings are hanging in the boardroom of Alitalia Airlines in Rome to Sidney, Australia. Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner) of the British soap opera "Coronation Street" owns a collection of Mr. Josephson's paintings along with soccer stars Bertie Auld, Willy Waddell and Jock Wallace. Benno Schotz,Queen Elizabeth's personal sculptor, became a close friend of Mr. Josephson and owns several paintings.
With few exceptions, since his death in 2003 Mr. Josephson's children have kept his works within the family. They now feel it is time to share his art with the public, so his work and his memory may live on.
Leslie Josephson dedicated much of his time and livlihood to support countless charitable and community programs worldwide.
His charitable programs include several donations of his work to benefit the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, Scotland.