By Grace Austin and Zhu Zhu
Artist Brad Leslie is known for his landscape and portrait paintings. But following last November’s presidential election, his work has taken a more political turn.
Leslie’s latest work, on display at the Center on Halsted in Boystown, showcases a unique point of view as a gay man and working artist in a highly politicized climate.
Leslie uses Charles Atlas-esque, pre- and post-World War II imagery to delve into gender identity and what it meant to be a boy growing up in the 1960s.