Paintings, Overview and Explanation

The Dolphin Series

Delf Gallery Vienna - Solo Exhibition Leonhard Groetsch 2018 - Dolfin Series

The series (1993-94) bases on an American management theory ("Dolphin Strategies" by Dudley Lynch and Paul Kurtis) which deals with the behaviour of dolphins in chaotic circumstances and gives advice for economic activities. The paintings were created during the visit of an interval-seminar, which lasted over a period of 10 weeks.

Painted are those terms which had been explained during the seminar like Belief, Behaviour, Thoughts, Feelings, Decisions, Selections in the first basic painting "Sky, Earth, Water", and Desires, Wishes, Expectations, Imagination, Pictures in the second basic painting "Water". Each term had been worked out in a further painting.

The paintings were spontaneous interpretations during the seminar and all had been done while listening to a musical cassette of dolphin sounds. Except for one all the paintings have a size of 80 x 100 cm.

Due to an inquiry of young graduates of the Art Academy Hamburg the Dolphin Series was exhibited in the Exhibition Room DELF in Vienna in spring 2018.


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"Religous and Count-Art" Paints

First presentation of Count-Art within a solo exhibition at Art Association Fulda Gallery "Word - Figure - Human" from Sept 04 to Oct 16, 2016



The paintings of the John series, and other paintings of the homogeneous style, are talking in the Count Art style developed by Leonhard. The concept of Count Art bases on the oldest Jewish Kabbalah. It is said that the Hebrew letters are quantitative proportions, which means figures, secondly they are also letters (taken from "The Book of Jonah" from Friedrich Weinreb). The Thora consists only of consonants. So the Hebrew alphabet contains 22 consonants, and each equals a number. And figure and letter are identical, they are the same, for example b = 2 and 2 = b.

This notion of number and word has fundamental consequences for the understanding of the sense of creation. It opens ways to understanding of words and contents, which are not possible in other languages in the same way. The Thora can basically not be translated into other languages and its sequence of letters has never been changed.

Count Art uses the identity of number and letter by counting the strokes of the painting. The term was created by Leonhard based on the English word "to count".

The viewer should understand that the visible form isn't the whole of the matter and that wholeness has no form. By counting the strokes it is possible to paint language on the canvas. And by doing this one succeeds in doing to bring a structure into the abstraction.

Count Art belongs to Concept Art and it was created without any contacts to artists or art experts. Also religious experts were not involved. And, in order to guard against misunderstandings, Leonhard is a catholic.

In the mid 1990s Leonhard had had the feeling to be able to paint several thousands of paintings with the subject Gospel of John. But such a project would have required professionel circumstances, for example a workshop and publicity as an artist. Nevertheless Count Art has the potential to enter art history.

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Portraits and Figurative Paintings

The oldest still existing figurative paintings date back to 1964/65 in form of two selfportrait drawings.

Besides realistic portraits, for example "Romy Schneider" and experiments with the pointilism, Leonhard applies the stroke-counting technique to paintings of people as well. The portraits come into being by using the name of the painted person (e.g. "Jzhak Rabin") - the first name "Izhak" limits the number of strokes.

Orders for portraits are welcome - for a portrait, a good colour photo and the first name is needed, minimum size 50 x 60 cm, maximum size 90 x 120 cm.

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Other Paintings

Here you see paintings of various techniques which do not match with the other categories. Also included are older paintings and the pieces of the two exhibitions in 1992. Like in the other categories, there are some intuitive paintings, which are dealing of what the painter has not been able to say verbal. Many titles of paintings had been given later. Therefore the title of the first exhibition was called "Instinctivly". The exhibits are listet in the order of their birth year.

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