Leonard Rosenfeld referred to himself as
an expressionist painter.
Artist Leonard Rosenfeld 1926-2009, p
Often inspired by subjects and events that affected him deeply.
Hookers and their pimps plying their trade beneath his
window, graffiti artists, soldiers and terrorists.
Purple Heart, Leonard Rosenfeld 2007From his studio near the World Trade
Center he witnessed the 9/11 attack.
Detail from Tracks- Brooklyn 1957
In his early career in the 1950's Len was part
of the group including Willem de Kooning,
Clifford Still, Franz Kline and Clement
Greenberg among others who hung out
at the Cedar Bar in Greenwich Village.
studio wall with paintings and other works of Len Rosenfeld
Len had stories to tell, and told them.
Some on canvas. Some in conversation.
Angel in the black 2002
My cousin Janet was Len's wife for 18 years.
This past weekend she held an open house and
informal show of his work at his studio in New
York City, which I attended. Stunning, seeing
all the highly personal paintings and drawings,
the breadth of his life's work.
Chinatown-The Year of the Fish, 1983-1085 one of Len Rosenfeld's "wire paintings"
His large energetic "wire paintings" like
aboriginal totems. Also intriguing, several
interviews on CDs.
Leonard Rosenfeld self-portrait 2009, photograph by his friend Vernita Nemec (with permission)
Len, tall graceful, speaking of his motivations and
inspirations in his own refreshingly candid and
appealing Brooklyn accented voice.
Surrounded by his friends and life's work.
Wishing I had known him better.
(click on images to enlarge)
All Leonard Rosenfeld's art is protected by copyright
and can not be reproduced without written permission
from his wife, Janet.