Born in the Netherlands in 1957, Leestemaker was largely self-taught as an artist

but took inspiration and guidance from his grandfather, a painter in the Dutch

court. In his native land, Leestemaker was an organizer and entrepreneur in

several arts, including visual art, theater, and literature. Working in Amsterdam,

he helped found a performing arts center, an art collective, and a monthly

magazine devoted to business and the arts. He was managing director of

Leestemaker & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in arts marketing,

financing, and public relations that at its height boasted the Dutch

government's cultural portfolio as its most prominent client.

In the 1990s, Leestemaker moved to Los Angeles. After a stint as an actor and

model, he turned to painting full time. Leestemaker developed a style

influenced by Abstract Expressionism in both its American and European

forms. He eventually evolved a more lyrical style, in which the expansive

brushstrokes and vivid palette of Abstract Expressionism becalm themselves,

ultimately taking on the composition and atmosphere of land- and seascapes.

Vigorous, yet imbued with art-historical reference, his paintings have a

distinctive and evocative style.

His experience in marketing and public outreach convinced Leestemaker that

artists have a public role to play even beyond the presence and impact of their

work. He advocated this public role to artists and non-artists alike, lecturing and

giving workshops on the creative process, the artist’s identity, and the

symbiosis between artist and society. To this end, Leestemaker published a

memoir-like book, “The Intentional Artist: Stories From My Life,” in 2010.

Several other books and catalogues, including the monograph “Luc

Leestemaker: Paintings” (2004), have documented Leestemaker’s oeuvre, as

has the widely-screened film “Swimming Through The Clouds: A Portrait of the

Artist” (2008), directed by Terence Gross and Ruy Carpenter.

In 2005, Leestemaker created a private art fund to mentor and invest in

emerging and established artists such as sculptor Patrick Marold, photographer

Richard D’Amore, and composer Vincent Ho. In 2006, Ho used four paintings of

the artist as inspiration for a chamber music composition, “Four Paintings By

Leestemaker.”

The artist also collaborated with famed composer and musician Charlie Haden

and created the artwork for Haden’s 2005 Grammy Award-winning CD “Land

of the Sun.” His collaboration with Hollywood’s film industry has led to a

number of film and television projects including “Spiderman,” “Bringing Down

the House,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Shopgirl “Spiderman III,” “Fracture,” and

“Boston Legal.”

In March 2012, Leestemaker was selected as a Star of Design in the art category

by the Pacific Design Center. On May, 18, 2012, Leestemaker passed away

peacefully on his 55th birthday. As well as being a part of major corporate and

private collections, Leestemaker’s work continues to be exhibited widely

throughout North America and Europe, in museums, commercial galleries, and

various public spaces. In 2014, Luc’s work was selected for exhibition at

the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing (MoCA Beijing).

CURRICULUM VITAE
dutch-american, (1957-2012)
born in Hilversum, Netherlands
resided and died in Los Angeles, CA
awards
2012 Star of Design in the art category by the Pacific Design Center
solo and selected exhibitions
2014
Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing (MoCA Beijing), Beijing, China | “Forms
of the Formless"
Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX
2013
Galerie D’Orsay, Boston, MA | “The Paintings of Luc Leestemaker: Beyond the
Horizon”
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2012
Galerie D’Orsay, Boston, MA
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA | “Stories of My Life”
Soren Christensen Gallery, New Orleans, LA | “Transcendence”
Laura Rathe Gallery, Houston, TX | “Ascension”
ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2011
Galerie D’Orsay, Boston, MA
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA | “Larger Than Life”
Soren Christensen Gallery, New Orleans, LA
ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2010
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA | “20-Year Retrospective: Painting in America”
Galerie D’Orsay, Boston, MA
Soren Christensen Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Forré Fine Art, Aspen, CO
ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton, NY
LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, San Francisco, CA
2009
Galerie D’Orsay, Boston, MA
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Soren Christensen Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2008
Galerie D’Orsay, Boston, MA
New River Fine Art Gallery at ArtBasel, Miami, FL
Riverside Museum, CA | “Plein Air Abstraction”
2007
Galerie D’Orsay, Boston, MA
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA