Lionize is a series of bronze casts of paintings . The backs of the waxes are hollowed out by hand, leaving grooves from the artist's  hands and fingernails. During the pour, the bronze is adulterated with melted treasure (such as silver teapots, antique wedding rings, and soldiers' lockets from the First World War) and metal workshop scraps. Leftover bronze is saved from earlier pours and reintroduced, resulting in a bronze alloy that contains more and more precious metal impurities over time. They are patinated through exposure to the elements. The name of each piece reflects the circumstances of its acquisition by Leo. About half of the paintings are destroyed in the process.

Most works in Lionize are in editions of up to three, six, or twelve pieces. If the mold used to produce the wax form of a piece breaks or is lost, no new mold will be made and the edition will be considered complete at the number of bronzes produced. As Lionize continues to develop, unique pieces will be made exploring different aspects of the language and system of concepts established by the series as a whole.

This is a continuing series begun in 2016. Lionize IX - XIV are currently in production. These works are for sale. Contact for inquiries.

Lionize I: Reveal

2016

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

25 x 20 x 2 cm / 10" x 8" x 0.75"

3.5 kg / 7.75 lb

edition of XII

II/XII currently for sale

 

Lionize II: Self Portrait

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

40 x 30 x 2 cm / 15.75" x 12" x 0.75"

9 kg / 20 lb

edition of XII

II/XII currently for sale

 

Lionize III: Treasure

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

31 x 36 x 5.5 cm / 12.25" x 14.25" x 2.25"

10.5 kg / 23 lb

edition of XII

I/XII currently for sale

Lionize IV: Counterfeit

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

19.5 x 17.5 x 3 cm / 7.75" x 7" x 1.25"

1.5 kg / 3 lb

edition of XII

I/XII currently for sale

Lionize V: Prize

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

60 x 45 x 2.5 cm / 23.75" x 17.75" x 1"

27.25 kg / 60 lb

edition of VI

I/VI currently for sale

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Lionize VI: Valdrada Fruit

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

25 x 20 x 4.5 cm / 10" x 8" x 1.75"

3.5 kg / 8 lb

edition of XII

I/XII currently for sale

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Lionize VII: Espero Pati

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

10 x 8.5 x 2.5 cm / 4" x 3.5" x 1"

0.5kg / 1.25 lb

edition of XII

II/XII currently for sale

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Lionize VIII: Unseeing

2017

bronze alloyed with precious metal antiquities and workshop scraps

45 x 36 x 3.5 cm / 18" x 14" x 1.5"

7.25 kg / 16 lb

edition of XII

I/XII currently for sale

 
 

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photos by Keenan Orrange