Leonard Porter was born in Texas in 1963 and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 1991, Porter rejected his orthodox modernist education and background to create paintings of antiquity and classical mythology. In addition to commissioned artwork and large-scale mural paintings, he also creates easel paintings and work on paper. Porter currently lives and works in New York City.
Leonard Porter has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. In 1989 he was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in New York.
Leonard Porter has produced over recent years an impressive body of work of the highest quality. His major projects and commissions include: Christ in Majesty (2005-2007 Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas), Perseus and Andromeda (2006 Private Collection, New York, NY), Winged Victory with Laurels (2006 limited edition lithograph commissioned by the ICA&CA) An Allegory of Familial Love (2005 Private Collection, Washington, DC), Christ Revealing His Sacred Heart (2004 Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) and Myths of the Zodiac on 12 Dining Chairs (2003 Private Collection, Wilmington, DE).
In 2006, Leonard Porter was the recipient of the Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition. From 2000 – 2006, Leonard Porter worked as part-time instructor at the Institute for Classical Architecture & Classical America, ICA&CA. Between 2006 – 2007, he presented the Grand Central Academy of Art Lectures Series: “The Classical in Art”. From 1999 – 2007 Leonard Porter delivered a series of artist lectures at the ICA&CA, Notre Dame University and Mundelein Seminary, University of Saint Mary of the Lake.
Leonard Porter served in the award juries of the Alma Shapiro Prize (2006), Edward Vason Jones Scholarship (2006) and the Arthur Ross Awards (2005). Currently he is a Fellow Emeritus of the ICA&CA and chair of the ICA&CA’s Communications Committee.