Léonard Lassalle From France
From the youngest age I was surrounded with oil paint and the smell of turpentine : my mother was a painter and so was my father, Henri Valensi, (whom I only met twice.)
From childhood I always wanted to be a painter, Art must be ingrained in my DNA!!
I studied art in Paris and in London where I met my wife’ Mélinda with whom we had 7 children. I quickly realised that I would not be able to earn enough money as a painter. So I started a business of Antiques & Interior design where I managed to use my talent painting large murals in egg tempera.
It was only when our children had left home and when we moved to the South of France that I began to paint full time.
This inspired my paintings for a few years, I also love exploring relationships between female/male.
I love painting nature including flowers, landscapes and still-lives. Then I had to stop painting for some 15 years ! until I was able to re-educate my eyes through daily exercises. Recently, in April 2020 I started painting again.
I was brought up with no religion and discovered that most other people believed in a God. It was only when I was in my early teens that I discovered the different worlds of Religion. In 1957 I became a Subud member and started “Latihan.'' Soon I became conscious that in me was a “consciousness” that did not belong to the ever changing world of my ego, but to a place I understood to be my soul. My interests started to open to what is called the spiritual world. I discovered the Bible and the Koran and started reading them and found that I was getting, through the practice of the latihan, my own understanding about spiritual matters and what was written in these holy books.
During the horrific explosion of 9/11, I had an amazing experience of the angelic forces above helping the many souls that were raising from the devastation from below, this painting was produced rapidly from this completely extraordinary spontaneous experience and is now hanging somewhere in San Francisco.
SOURCE OF LIFE- a book about his life in Subud by Leonard Lassalle
In Source of Life, Léonard Lassalle tells us of the unusual experiences that wove through his life after starting a spiritual training when he was 19 years old. These experiences came about, not because of an intentional activity of his mind or heart, but rather by trusting and following what came to him spontaneously from his inner nature. Source of Life takes the reader into the intimacy of Léonard's spiritual consciousness and its effects on the every day material needs. Léonard was born in 1937 in Nice and was raised in the South of France. He attended As Neill's Summerhill School in England, studied art in Paris and in London where he met Mélinda. They married in 1959 and brought up their seven children in France and in the Uk.
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Leonard Lassalle about his book SOURCE OF LIFE
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Leonard Lassalle very happy to be back at work with his brushes!!