Happy, happier, Leo!! It is the first thing that comes to mind when confronted with the work of Leo Reijnders. Outsider? Well… certainly not for insiders only! Colourful creatures inhabit a world that seems to have no limits whatsoever. Even gravity is suspended. The world of Leo is definitely a non-Newtonian universe. There is absolutely no logic except that everything is possible. Psychedelic yet recognizable.
Style? Pigmy free jazz!
Tribal? Extra planetary indigenous!
Age? Paleolithic sci-fi!
Cloudknitting. Leo calls himself ‘The Cloudknitter’ (Wolkenbreier) and there is no better description for his art and activity: connecting impalpable things and let them float over our heads in temporary constellations. Everchanging. And everybody can interpret them according to what they see in it.
Hybrid animals are omnipresent. They seem kind and take care of us.
Text. When Leo uses words, they are essential to add layers of meaning instead of explanation.
When somebody says to Leo that he must have a lot of fantasy to create this sort of work he replies “Not at all: I just paint what I see! It is hyperrealism!”.
Give me your glasses, bro! The world needs them!