David A. Leffel:
An American Master


The artistry of painter David A. Leffel is celebrated in this feature-length documentary. David A Leffel’s peers not only recognize him as a painters’ painter but he is also considered by many to be no less than the artistic reincarnation of Rembrandt. He grew up in New York City, where he had a brief career in advertising, but he eventually came to chiaroscuro painting at the Art Students League of New York with Frank Mason, who said to Leffel, “You have the genius of the gods in those hands!” Soon he would become a revered instructor there, sharing his special understanding of painting with thousands of students for more than 20 years.

Although his subjects range from figure and portrait to landscape and still life, Leffel’s real subject matter is light flowing and drifting over surfaces. His work can be found in permanent museum collections throughout the United States, as well as in numerous private collections in America and abroad. Leffel has written two books that have met worldwide acclaim for their ability to integrate his understanding of the technical aspects of painting with his philosophy of the aesthetics of beauty.

 (1hr 34min) HD