Leonard Cohen (1934 – 2016)
“Artworks”, a visual record of 40 years, shows us works from Cohen’s archive of drawings and journals. Leonard Cohen, poet, songwriter and novelist, has maintained a visual art practice since his early days in Montreal and Hydra. His drawings have been private visual records of things, places, and people captured in his sure and modest hand. Later, these drawings found their way onto CD covers and most recently into the pages of “Book of Longing”. This is the first time the drawings have been exhibited as another manifestation of Leonard Cohen’s talent.
All images have been produced with permanent pigmented ink on 300 lb. Arches watercolour paper, finished with a hand-deckled edge. Each individual print (edition size 100) is signed, titled, numbered and dated, embossed and stamped with Mr. Cohen’s personal seal by the artist himself.
In describing his art practice, Mr. Cohen has written:
“From a mirror on my desk in the very early morning I copied down hundreds of self portraits which reminded me of one thing or another”.
These images will remind each of us of “one thing or another”, perhaps most specifically that some artists have limitless talent. Leonard Cohen was such an artist.