about bert leveille

statement press and writings BIO CV process


bert leveille press and writings — interviews — video and written






interviews — video:
bert leveille art INTERVIEW with WHIW 101.3




 
bert leveille art INTERVIEW with Joe Pesz at Starline






 
bert leveille art INTERVIEW with chanel 6 EXPERIMENT IN FANTASY




 
bert leveille - February  - Artist of the Month Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts "Experiental" exhibit 2010

bert leveille - February - Artist of the Month
Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts "Experiental" exhibit 2010







 
E/artgroup - June  - Artists of the Month Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts "E/ five" exhibit 2010

E/artgroup - June - Artists of the Month Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts "E/ five" exhibit 2010







 
interviews — print:

Evanston E/artgroup exhibit 2014 Interview by Russell J.


To view the entire article on-line and see the complete interview and the other artists responses go to:
E/artgroup - June - Artists of the Month Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts "E/ five" exhibit 2010

The E/ artgroup is an eclectic collection of Chicagoland artistswhose work is currently on display as part of our popular exhibition series Local Art @ EPL. Comprised of artists Mary Beth Bellon, Susanne Clark, Sarah Hahne, Mary Hilger, bert leveille, Nan Seidler, and Victoria Senn, the group began exhibiting together 7 years ago and is dedicated to “growing artistically” while exploring “their own unique and individual styles creating collages, watercolors, oils, mixed media, fabric constructions, and digital media.” ...


Evanston Public Library: Can you tell us a little about your background as an artist? How did you get started in art? Was there something specific in your life that sparked a need to create? What drove you in the beginning? What drives you now?


bert leveille: I always enjoyed art. ...
not until college when I was pursuing a career in theater that I discovered my real vocation as an artist. That interest in theater has spurred a lifelong quest of creating a space, an environment that one can enter and experience. To this end, I have done large-scale installations and worked with a choreographer to create a large tunnel for dancers to interact with. My smaller paintings are glimpses of these larger spaces.

I continue this journey of visual exploration of my subconscious linked to input from my conscious experiences. ...


EPL: How do you describe your art? Do you see yourself as fitting in with any particular artistic movements or styles? Do you work in any other mediums?


bert leveille: My art is abstract, surreal and non-representational. Although somewhat figurative, the figures are not necessarily human. I am intrigued with the dynamics of the abstract and the suggestion of realism.

When I began painting I felt I was an abstract expressionist, but imagery kept evolving from the work, and I finally let the paint guide me – much like the images that appear in clouds. Artists that influence me are: Kandinsky, Pollock, Miro, Tanguy, Dali, Gorky and most recently, Rothko. Rothko also created spaces, meditative and contemplative. The minimalism of his art has influenced me as I have tried to remove noise in my work.

In addition to traditional mediums (acrylic, watercolor, drawing, oil and mixed) I am exploring digital painting. This medium allows new avenues of expression. I am using these paintings to combine with traditional mediums and to create movies of the digital painting process.


EPL: What are your future goals and plans as an artist?

bert leveille: I am working with new ways to create installation spaces incorporating the digital paintings and movies – so combining the traditional with video of a painting forming.