Luc Leestemaker

Luc Leestemaker: The Estate Collection at DTR Modern Boston

June-July, 2018
Information about the exhibition can be found at

Life After Death For The Living — Lineage Performing Arts Center

The Lineage Performing Arts Center presents an original dance, theatre, and music piece about three women who learn how to move on after loss which opens Saturday April 7 and runs through April 15. The show runs Saturday and Sunday evenings at The Lineage Performing Arts Center located in Pasadena at 89 South Fair Oaks Avenue.

Click here for details

DTR Modern Galleries

The Luc Leestemaker Collection at
DTR Modern Galleries in Boston

July 8-August 12, 2016
Information about the exhibition can be found at

Luc Leestemaker Spotlight in
Elle Decor Hong Kong

Dallas Art Fair

Composer Vincent Ho Dedicates From Darkness to Light – A Spiritual Journey, featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie, to Luc Leestemaker

Los Angeles, California, 12 January 2013 – Canadian composer Vincent Ho and world-renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie team up again on February 2, 2013. Dame Glennie will share the stage with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) for the world premiere performance of From Darkness to Light – A Spiritual Journey. This concert, under the baton of Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate is part of the WSO’s New Music Festival. Dedicated to the memory of his friend, Dutch-American painter Luc Leestemaker, who died of cancer last May, From Darkness to Light -– A Spiritual Journey is “my personal response to cancer,” Ho says. “It expresses the horrors of the disease and the fight one faces: fear, uncertainty, shock and grief; the quest for healing, hope — the journey from pain and suffering to peace and acceptance.” Click here to read more.

Luc Leestemaker, 1957-2012

Luc Leestemaker, 55, died in Los Angeles, May 18, 2012, after a battle with cancer. Born in Hilversum, the Netherlands, May 18, 1957. Leestemaker worked as an arts administrator and entrepreneur in Amsterdam, then came to the United States in 1990 to pursue a more purely creative career. After a short stay in New York, he moved to Los Angeles and began painting. He was also a writer and lecturer, advocating an active public role for the artist that bridged studio and society and that acknowledged the artist’s role as both self-interested businessperson and creative force for social evolution. He leaves behind his companion, TV producer and designer Emily Lau. Click here to read more.

Fabrik Magazine

It is with considerable sadness that the editors and staff of Fabrik note the passing of Luc Leestemaker, artist and author, who died on May 18, his 55th birthday, after a battle with cancer. Luc was in many ways the guardian angel of our periodical, helping to conceive it, design it, launch it, and define it. He brought his considerable gifts in several realms of communication, including the graphic and the commercial, to bear on the formation of Fabrik, all the while evolving, and enjoying a growing reputation, as a painter in his own right. Click here to read the complete story.

New Orleans Art Magazine Interview

Where the Wind Blows
The Expressionistic Paintings of Luc Leestemaker
Story by Sinclair Culner

Try to imagine the quintessential artist, and you might conjure up an image that fits Luc Leestemaker exactly. This Netherlands-born artist has the sandy hair, the rugged good looks, and the introspection that one might assume of any famous artist, but it is the caliber of Leestemaker’s work, not his interesting persona, that sets him apart from other artists. Leestemaker’s colorful atmospheric landscapes carry his audience through the realm of clouds, sunsets, earth, wind and sky. The artist himself calls each work “an expression of [the] emotional intuition of abstract compositions,” but to the viewer, Leestemaker’s breathtaking landscapes are other worldly. The delicate balance of colors and textures in each piece takes the audience on a journey not only through the cosmos, but beyond them, as well.

To read the rest of the interview, click here.

Luc Leestemaker at The SF Fine Art Fair

San Francisco Fine Art Fair


Madison Galleries is coming East again this summer.

After a very successful start in 2010, the gallery will be returning
this year, July 7 – 10, at booths 151 & 152, showing new and recent
paintings by Luc Leestemaker.

More info at

Soren Christensen Gallery

Luc Leestemaker

Landscapes / Abstractions
Selection of new and recent works

Soren Christensen
400 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 569-9501

Selection of work on permanent display.
Please contact the gallery for details.

Madison Gallery presents: “Living Large”

MadisonGalleryNew and Recent paintings by
Luc Leestemaker

October 8 – November 8, 2011
Reception for the artist:
Saturday, October 15, 6 – 9 PM

This reception will coincide with the 2011 celebration of the
Healing Art Fund (

Madison Galleries
1020 Prospect St, Suite 130
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-0836

Selection of work on permanent display. Please contact the gallery for details.

The Intentional Artist Book Signing and Tour

The Intentional ArtistSunday, February 28 @ 2 P.M.
An afternoon of Dance & Art
Barnsdall Gallery Theater, Hollywood

Book launch party for The Intentional Artist
With a performance by Lineage Dance

Book Signing and Reception to follow performance.
Click here to purchase tickets:

Barnsdall Art Theater



Saturday, February 6, 2010, 2:00pm
McNally Robinson Booksellers
Book-signing for The Intentional Artist
Book-signing and conversation with the artist.
1120 Grant Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3M 2A6
WSO-New Music FestivalTel. (204) 475-0483 (toll free 1-800-561-1833)
Saturday February 6, 2010, 2:00pm: Book-signing and conversation with the artist.

wso-new-music-festFebruary 8, 2010
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival
Canadian Premiere of “Four Paintings by Leestemaker;” a classical composition in 4 parts by composer Vincent Ho. Performers will include internationally renowned pianist Jenny Lin and the WSO String Quintet.
Live Performance on. See website for details and tickets:

Los Angeles Business Journal


LucLeestemaker-200pxLuc Leestemaker
July 27, 2009

Easel Living: Luc Leestemaker at his home studio in the Hollywood Hills

Painter Expands Canvas

Luc Leestemaker is an Artist. But the recession has turned him into a marketeer, too. “I need to keep myself in front of people,” he said from the $2 million home and studio he occupies in the shadow of the Hollywood sign…

…His pitch: “Art has a direct impact on the mindset. It lowers your blood pressure, making you calmer and more creative. It opens up senses that can make you successful.”…

…Leestemaker’s abstract landscapes adorn the walls of such buildings as the Beverly Hills Hotel, Las Vegas’ MGM Grand and the chairman’s offices at 20th Century Fox. His list of celebrity clients includes Drew Barrymore, Whoopi Goldberg, Nancy Reagan and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush….

Luc Leestmaker featured in ARTNews: February 2009.


Click here to read story.

Luc Leestemaker at Art Basel Miami

Art Basel Miami

Breaking Through the Canvas

September 29, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.
A Gala evening of performance, gourmet dining and dancing under the stars to benefit Lineage Dance.

lineage_inviteThe Lineage Dance Board of Directors is pleased to invite you to a gala event on the beautiful terrace of the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Showcasing the grace and elegance of Lineage Dance, the evening includes the world premiere of Hilary Thomas’ newest dance, Breaking Through the Canvas. Be amongst the first to see this collaboration of cutting-edge dance inspired by the music of acclaimed composer Vincent Ho and the renowned visual artist Luc Leestemaker. As the evening unfolds, enjoy a gourmet meal with friends and dance the night away under the stars.

Lineage Dance is dedicated to raising funds for charitable organizations through the presentation of benefit dance concerts, as well as to making the arts accessible to audiences of all socioeconomic and demographic backgrounds. This unique mission provides enormous opportunities and we welcome your partnership! By supporting Lineage Dance, you are supporting all of our beneficiary organizations.

As part of the festivities, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a live auction that will include a select number of paintings by Luc Leestemaker. (Starting bids will begin below market value especially for this event). Proceeds from the evening will allow Lineage Dance to continue to build outreach efforts and present their acclaimed benefit dance concerts.

As the event promises to be unforgettable, please place your ticket orders now! Tickets are available at “Tickets/Performances” at for $125 per person, or $1000 for a table of ten.

Luc Leestemaker: A Retrospective

Hardbound cloth-wrapped book packaged in printed cardboard box. Introduced and edited by Peter Frank. Over 250 color plates spanning a period of 16 years. Essays and poems by the artist. Includes a DVD.


  • Hardbound cloth wrapped book packaged in printed cardboard box.
  • Introduced and edited by Peter Frank.
  • Over 250 color plates spanning a period of 16 years.
  • Essays and poems by the artist.


  • “Four Paintings By Leestemaker”, a classical composition by award-winning composer Vincent Ho.
  • Animation by Edber Mamisao.
  • 30 minute documentary “Conversation with Luc Leestemaker” written, produced and directed by Emily Lau.

To order your copy, click here.

Luc Leestemaker: Limited Collector’s Edition

200 leather-bound copies only, numbered and signed by the artist. Each set comes with an original work of art, in a frame. Book and artwork are cased in specially designed box.

Only available through Skylark Press and affiliated galleries. To order your copy, click here.

Charlie Haden Album Cover Artwork

Charlie-Haden-cd-coverWinner of the 2005 Grammy for “Best Contemporary Latin Jazz” Album of the year

The music CD “Land Of The Sun” by Charlie Haden; transcriptions of compositions by a number of Mexican composers, was recently released.

Famed jazz composer and musician,Charlie Haden, a collector of the artist’s work, asked Leestemaker to listen to the recorded music, and create the artwork for the CD.

Land of the Sun (La Tierra del Sol. Charlie Haden, Gonzalo Rubalcaba). Verve / Universal 0249820825

Riverside Art Museum

Plein Air Abstraction
February – May 2008

Elizabeth Chandler, Luc Leestemaker, Joan Perlman, Janet Rosener, Susan Sommer, Marie Thibeault, Gina Werfel.

Map-of-the-Wind-no.14Plein Air Abstraction brings together the painting of seven American artists who paint direct observation of nature. They paint not what they see, but what they feel upon seeing it. Of the seven painters, five live in southern California. Luc Leestemaker, who was born in Holland, and now resides in the Hollywood Hills, responds gesturally to the sea and mountains of southern California. These painters follow in a tradition that not only descends from the beginnings of abstraction but has produced some of the monuments of modern art, among them Kandinsky’s improvisations, Mondrian’s post-cubist geometries, O’Keeffe’s luminous and fluid images and De Koonings’s dynamic depictions of urban and rural space.

Peter Frank
Senior Curator

Banner Estrella Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

Banner-EstrellaMedicalWork was recently completed for the new Banner Estrella Medical Center, in Phoenix, Arizona. Unique in this project is the eye for detail in design and art.

Leestemaker was commissioned to create a 10 x 10 ft. painting for the lobby entrance, as well as 12 additional artworks installed in other areas throughout the building.

The project was executed by Tiffiny Lendrum, of Lendrum Fine Art, in Los Angeles.

Award Winning Composer Vincent Ho

BirdsongCanadian composer Vincent Ho is currently writing a composition, inspired by paintings of Luc Leestemaker. The composer, who won the prestigious 2005 “Robert Fleming Prize” for most outstanding young Canadian Composer, and the 2004 ASCAP Foundation “Morton Gould Young Composer Award” for his composition “Dragon Realms” has now been commissioned by the Royal Conservatory to write a new composition based on and inspired by Leestemaker’s work, which will be performed at a number of art music festivals throughout China in 2006. Various concerts are planned for Canada and the US as well.

From notes by Vincent Ho to the artist:

“…I am so absolutely thrilled! Your works have been wonderful inspirations for me. As a consequence, I have just completed one movement of my piece inspired by your painting, BIRDSONG No.9. When I initially saw it, I felt a pervasion of youthful optimism; an energetic lyricism colored by tastefully seasoned dissonances. For some reason, I also saw the summation of one journey and the re-awakening of an inner-child; like the end of one phase and the re-embracement of long-lost one. As well, there is a folkloric quality about it that adds to its rustic character. For the music, I responded in a similar vein. The piece is fast and energetic, built on Chinese folk rhythms and sonorities, and seasoned with delicious dissonances to give it that added excitement. It expresses a youthful energitic quality that harkens an earlier musical period of mine; a period when I still viewed music with a child-like sense of wonder and excitement before the realities of life jaded my perspectives. I can’t wait for you to hear this…!”


Bakersfield MuseumBakersfield Museum of Art

A survey of fourteen years of expressionist and impressionist painting in America
February 26 – April 20, 2004

Please contact for more information.


West Valley Art MuseumScheduled Exhibition: August 6 – September 12, 2004

West Valley Art Museum
17420 N. Avenue of the Arts
Surprise (Phoenix), AZ 85374
(623) 972-0635

Please contact Mr. David Tooker for more information.