Leslye Discont Arian


Artist Statement: Creating Order out of Chaos

The subject matter for my work is developed through guided imagery and meditation. It is what I call visual poetry.   I work on paper and mix my mediums: charcoal, acrylic, graphite, pastel, gesso, oil crayon, ink and water. I work on paper. My tools are my hands, fingers, wet and dry brushes, sandpaper, sticks, and squeegees to move the mediums. I am inspired by Clyfford Still for movement, Hans Hoffmann for displacement of form, George Rouault for line, Arthur Dove and John Marin for energy, Lee Krasner for gesture, and Agnes Martin for silence. I feel gratitude when I achieve balance of the natural and spiritual worlds and the familiar and unfamiliar.  Making art allows me complete freedom from the material world.

Leslye Discont Arian is an award-winning contemporary artist and arts activist in Cleveland, Ohio. She serves on the Cleveland Institute of Art Alumni Board, Heights Arts Exhibition Committee, and the Peer Review Committee for Artist Archives of the Western Reserve. In 2015 she initiated a Public Art Mural Project in Shaker Heights and in 2016 co-founded the Shaker Community Gallery, to promote economic development in Shaker Heights. She is responsible for retrieving the controversial Trump sculpture which was auctioned off to support public art in Cleveland Heights. Leslye serves on the Public Art Committee for the city of Shaker Heights and is currently working on the Van Aken neighborhood and Moreland neighborhood visioning. 



BFA Cleveland Institute of Art 1976


Art Exhibitions 2014-2019

Morgan Conservancy Show 2014

Juma Gallery Solo Show 2014

Maria Neil Project 2015  

Artist Archives New Now 2017

The JCC/ J Show 2015/2016

Shaker Historical Society Solo Exhibit 2017

Lakeland May Show 2017/2018

St. Paul Episcopal Church Group Show 2018

Tower East Building Solo Show 2018

New Masters/ Urseline College 2018

Cleveland Institute of Art Alumni Show 2017 Honorable Mention 2018

The CAN  (Collective Arts Network) Cleveland Triennial 2018                                  

Judson Park Salon Show 2018

HeightsArts Thinking Sideways Invitational 2019

Still Point Gallery Solo Show 2019

Material Cleveland at Worthington Yards 2019

Shaker Arts and Beachwood Arts Good Neighbors Exhibit 2019

Ohio Arts Council Biennial Riffe Gallery Juried Show 2019