Jim Leedy
Jim Leedy
Leedy/Autio Collaborations
Leedy/Autio/Voulkos Collaborations
Jim Leedy
Jim Leedy
Jim Leedy

Jim Leedy

11.6.1930 - 12.26.2021

We are deeply saddened to share the news of our beloved Jim Leedy’s passing, early Sunday morning, December 26, 2021. We are comforted in knowing that Jim will continue to live on through his extravagant stories, genuine friendships, and influential artwork he has created around the world. Thank you to all who have shared, and continue to share, your memories of Jim. It keeps our hearts full during this difficult time.

We invite you to share your condolences and memories you have of Jim Leedy that will be used for future Leedy Foundation events celebrating and commemorating his life and legacy. 


- The Leedy Family

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For over 34 years, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center has existed as a creative and visual venue for regional, national and international artists. We plan to continue this role within the Kansas City art community as we move forward, but have added preservation services of artists and their work to our mission.

We have formed The Leedy Foundation, a non-profit 501c3. It is the wish of Jim Leedy to continue this tradition of creative innovation and artistic opportunity while servicing the need to preserve and promote artistic legacy and heritage.

Your donation can help us achieve this goal!

Artist Statement

Jim Leedy is an international artist in terms of his interests and achievements. He is an artist who crosses boundaries between materials and genres, representation and abstraction, art and music, creativity, and scholarship. His diverse and unique talents have led him to a lifetime of accomplishment in clay, painting, public art, works-on-paper, prints, assemblages, installations, and performance.

Eyewitness to the birth of the New York School, Leedy's paintings emerge from Abstract Impressionism, with a sense of materiality, surface, structure, and veiled figuration. With a graduate study of Asian art history at Columbia University, he created a hybrid of Abstract Expessionism and Oriental pottery which is central to his oeuvre in clay. Chinese tripod bronzes and Japanese folk pottery were reinterpreted with an informal American twist that established him s an early leader in the American Clay Revolution.

Never satisfied with the status quo, his career has been a lifetime of exploration and chance-taking that has occasionally put him on the outside of major art movements, while often anticipating them. He continues to break ground in processes, materials, and subject matter that is unique to his times and personal like.

"I try to forget everything I have learned, and attempt to flow with nature."

Adapted from Jim Leedy: Artist Across Boundaries, by Matthew Kangas, University of Washington Press, 2000.

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