The exhibition is a cat lovers paradise. The painting, Fat Cat, 2006, shows a scene of a buff sunbathing, hand-crossed ginger cat. It is beautifully accented with a greenish underbelly, from having rolled around freshly trimmed grass. The painting references the responsibility of the home while highlighting the desire to rest and to care for oneself. Leonard captures the silly beauty of life between chores and work. Other references to family life include pieces that feature a past family dog, a blue painting of his son as a kid and some self portraits of the artist too.
Big skies and the background of suburbia are present throughout and in different views. From the individual house, to the neighborhood and even to the town. We get an untethered bird’s eye view of the artist’s perspective and concerns. The focus trails even further from the cotidian into the magical and surreal with fantastical creatures with baseball faces, beards, hats, and cigarettes taking over.