Piece description from the artist
The Grim Reaper stood for his portrait and demanded that the background be like the Mona Lisa. There are so many symbols of death and only so much background. If he leaves in a huff, would I know?
Samuel Leopold's first gallery appearance occurred at age 15 at the prestigious Gasperi Gallery in New Orleans. Just one year later, Leopold competed against numerous other student artists in southeast Louisiana to win a place in the United States Capitol Building through the 6th Annual Congressional Art Competition. His painting hung in the Capitol for two years. After ranking in several more North American competitions, Leopold was a finalist in the worldwide 10th Hyogo International Competition of Painting. His painting exhibited at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, in Kobe, Japan.
Leopold has exhibited his work in hundreds of competitions and galleries across the country and around the world. Presently, more than 100 of his paintings are in collections in locations including Berlin, Geneva, Jerusalem, Paris, and Tokyo.
Samuel Leopold grew up along the banks of the Mississippi in New Orleans and was introduced to painting in oils at age nine. As a teenager, Leopold debuted at the Gasperi Gallery and also represented his congressional district in the 6th Annual Congressional Art Competition, exhibiting at the U.S. Capitol Building. Throughout his twenties and thirties, Leopold showed at galleries, contended in contests, and became part of a variety of collections. International acclaim came to him as a finalist in the Hyogo International Competition of Painting at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe, Japan. Leopold continues to exhibit his work in galleries, competitions, and private events across the country and around the world. He now lives in the Chicago area with his family of muses and critics.