Biographical interior spaces by Tate Leone

Tate Leone is currently painting out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a BFA in Studio Art in May of 2016. She studied abroad at Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London in London, UK during Spring of 2015. Tate has worked with the Mattress Factory Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art both in Pittsburgh, and the Strohl Gallery, Fowler-Kellogg Gallery, and Melvin Johnson Sculpture Garden at the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution in New York.

“I am a painter of biographical interior spaces in which the decorations, objects, and furniture depicted are referential to and representational of my memories, emotions, desires, and dreams. Internal mindspaces become interior rooms. My paintings are symbolic of spaces in my mind, constructed by my experiences, which only exist in my blood.

These spaces are pieced together from rooms and events throughout history; Cy Twombly’s studio, Budapest, Matisse’s Red Room, Bonnard’s bath tubs, Ophelia by John Mallais, Wes Anderson films, Versailles, prints from Utamaro; memories of places of travel; Phipps Conservatory, walks home, London, Morikami museum, North Park, Chautauqua Lake, cities I’ve flown over, oceans, new friends’ homes; interactions with and characteristics of loved ones; Puppy’s Marlboros, waterglasses Mom leaves around the house, Snookie’s chaise longue, Riggs’s gecko, Dad doing yardwork, Aunt Wylla’s jewelry collection, dreamcatchers Barrett creates; lusts for textile prints and runway styles; Gucci campaign ads, Peruvian textiles, wedding dresses, Victorian prints, Vogue spreads, Miu Miu sunglasses; flora and fauna; lupines from Miss Rumphius, cheetahs, clementines, luscious peony petals, flamingos, dragonfruits, lily pads, ikebana.

I aim to create oddly luxurious and unapologetically feminine mindspaces into real spaces, where my audience can exist and dream in.” – Tate Leone

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