In constructing his art, painter and installation artist Leon Jakeman
said he looks for unusual forms, textures, patterns and colours
to extract and use in an abstract expressionist way.
"I am always experimenting and trying to use a wide range of
materials and processes to explore form."
Leon - who is due to complete an HND in Fine Art from Liverpool
Community College and has a work space at Arena studios - believes
that his creative working "continually allows me to become
stronger and gives me more confidence."
In the summer he will be involved with a newly formed artist group
called Decimus, which is comprised of students from the college.
Their first exhibition will be at the Kif Gallery in Parr Street
in Liverpool during June.
Leon is very interested in exploring different forms of communication.
He has kept a record of all the text messages he has received on
his mobile phone over the past two and a half years.
Why has he done this?
"People do not tend to write letters to each other any more,
and I find text messaging to be a very personal form of communication,"
"I felt lonely and isolated when I returned to Liverpool after
spending two years in Ibiza working as a DJ."
He is also learning to read and write Braille. Last year he staged
an installation with Liverpool-based artist collective Red Dot Exhibitions
based around this method of communication.
Visitors to art galleries are normally asked not to handle art objects
on display, but Leon actively encourages them to touch his work.
The Braille in question was a love poem.
"Generally, most of my ideas are developed from everyday surroundings
and pressures that act upon life itself."
Earlier in his life he suffered the pressures of drink and drug
dependency, and spent six months in rehabilitation trying to combat
these twin addictions.
"In regard to my installation work," explained Leon, "I
tend to look for everyday materials and objects that can be broken
down and stripped of their original identity. I then re-configure
them in order that they take on a new meaning.
"With my paintings I gain most of my inspiration from living
and/or decaying matter, looking for beauty in things we tend to
take for granted."