A JSC faculty member since 1984, Ken Leslie has spent his artistic career crossing boundaries. A self-proclaimed “late bloomer” when it comes to art (he didn’t take his first art class until his final year at Amherst College), Ken bridges the scientific and the artistic in his work, “exploring, documenting, measuring, calculating, identifying and explaining” to arrive at a finished piece.
He received his MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to show his work nationally and internationally. However, Ken began to push the boundaries of traditional painting, experimenting with circular and other non-traditional shapes. In fact, he pushed so far beyond the conventional painting form, folding the paintings to accentuate their narrative sequences, that he began making artist’s books.
Since then he has specialized in making limited-edition and one-of-a-kind artist’s books, ranging in size from two inches to ten feet and including not only painting but writings on a variety of themes, “including our place in the Universe, a layman’s theory of relativity, the battle between nature and technology, and, most recently, light and dark on and above the Arctic Circle.”