American Art Collector - - Contents - Ge­orge Bil­lis Gallery 525 W. 26th Street, Ground Floor • New York, NY 10001 • (212) 645-2621 • www.george­bil­lis.com LESLIE LEWIS SIGLER


Leslie Lewis Sigler paints still lifes of sil­ver­ware, shiny, tar­nished and each piece cen­tered, full-size, on its own panel.

She says, “By com­pos­ing in­di­vid­ual por­traits of sil­ver heir­looms, I ex­plore the char­ac­ter ev­i­dent in their in­her­ent de­sign and ever-chang­ing patina. Each sin­gu­lar ob­ject’s form, con­di­tion and char­ac­ter trans­form an oth­er­wise func­tional ob­ject into some­thing rich with his­tory and artis­tic beauty, with the power to re­flect our own life sto­ries and fam­ily his­to­ries in the process.”

Some­times ob­jects ap­pear again, ei­ther pol­ished or tar­nished, or re­flect­ing their en­vi­ron­ment dif­fer­ently. Sigler’s early paint­ings had lit­tle color un­til she dis­cov­ered that by wear­ing dif­fer­ent col­ored and pat­terned cloth­ing she could af­fect the ap­pear­ance of the piece. Ap­pear­ing again, they’re also able to tell an­other part of their story.

A sil­ver ice cream fork ap­pears in The List­maker and again in The Show-off in which it re­flects more ex­otic sur­round­ings.

Her in­ter­est in sil­ver be­gan when she saw a tea set a friend of hers had in­her­ited. She saw it as a fam­ily of ob­jects each with its own look and pur­pose. Her hus­band’s god­mother was also a col­lec­tor and they in­her­ited her eclec­tic col­lec­tion of sil­ver. Then friends brought by pieces they thought she would find in­ter­est­ing.

She says, “I’m in­ter­ested in the his­to­ries and life spans of these ob­jects, their abil­ity to re­flect our own per­sonal life sto­ries and fam­ily his­to­ries, and the way they con­tinue to con­nect us to one an­other in time and space in an in­creas­ingly dig­i­tally me­di­ated and dis­con­nected world.”

In the world of sil­ver, a spoon is not just a spoon. There are serv­ing spoons, chow­der spoons, oyster spoons and pickle spoons to name a few. The ice cream fork pre­vi­ously men­tioned is used to break apart ice cream or other desserts and then scoop it up.

Her lat­est paint­ings will be shown in the ex­hi­bi­tion Sto­ry­tellers at Ge­orge Bil­lis Gallery in New York, through Novem­ber 3.

1 1Sil­ver Fork #50,The List­maker, oil on panel, 12 x 5"

22The Overseer, oil on panel, 10 x 8"

3Sil­ver Fork #51,The Show-off, oil on panel, 12 x 5"3

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