VIOLA BURLEY LEAK (1944 - ) Untitled (Woman with Fruit and Kinara).
Collage of cut colored papers, 1993. 387x286 mm; 15 1/4x11 1/4 inches, full margins. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right verso.
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection.
This collage is Washington, DC artist Viola Burley Leak's first work to appear at auction. Born in Nashville, she received a B.A. in Art from Fisk University, a B.F.A. in Design from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, an M.A. from Hunter College, NY and an M.F.A. in Media from Howard University, Washington, DC. Leak was an art consultant for both the New York State Board of Education and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Print Department, in addition to working for the Experimental Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian Institute. Her mixed media work often references religious motifs and those of her African-American heritage.