LeRoy Jensen (1927-2005) moved to Salt Spring Island with his family in 1982. A figurative painter who excelled at capturing the essence of the spirit of the human female form, he was a member of the important Limners Group (active 1971-2008) of Victoria, British Colombia.
He first exhibited in 1947 and continued to do so during his long career, all the while kindling the careers of countless art students who studied with him. During his rich artistic and social life on Salt Spring Island, LeRoy continued to be a valuable mentor to other artists, as a friend, artist and teacher. Jensen embued a capacity for empathy and compassion in his life and work.
Aside from his paintings on canvas, he produced an incredible body of work on paper using pastel and also created drawings in graphite, watercolour and mixed media. As well, Jensen was an active printmaker using such diverse techniques as etching, lithography and woodcuts.
For an excellent illustrated biographical essay on the artists' life and work, you can purchase or borrow 'The Life and Art of Frank Molnar, Jack Hardman and LeRoy Jensen' through your local library, bookseller or online. Published by Mother Tongue publishing on Salt Spring Island, this book is part of the Unheralded Artists of BC Series.
where to see or read more
shows: LeRoy's work can be seen and purchased through the estate, or on the secondary market through fine galleries or at auction.
web: There are a number of good resources on the web about both LeRoy and the Limner Group.
Here is an excellent video of the LeRoy Jensen 'Foundations' show organized by the estate focusing on drawings in charcoal and mixed media.
press: 'The Life and Art of Frank Molnar, Jack Hardman and LeRoy Jensen' with an essay by Wendy Newbold Patterson. It can be purchased through Mother Tongue Publishing or at your local bookseller.
contact the LeRoy Jensen estate