Investigating the Creative Process
When Luc Leestemaker stands in front of a blank canvas
in his studio, he is faced with the challenge of bringing
the intellectual mind in synchronicity with the creative
heart; a process that is both daunting and magical. Unlocking
the creative force can be translated into any field,
and Leestemaker demonstrates that in the stories and
essays published in The Intentional Artist, and in his
talks, by considering his audience as his blank canvas.
Each talk is a new experiment on how to unleash the creativity
in everyone, while examining the obstacles one encounters
when doing that. Leestemaker takes the audience on a
journey through the nature of creativity itself.
These talks are compilations of the stories and essays
from the artist-author’s recently published book The
Intentional Artist. Luc Leestemaker has lived an unconventional
artist's life. He has mined his extensive and varied
background in art, theater and the corporate world to
create these autobiographical stories, out of which a
thread emerges that offers inspiration for anyone –or
any organization- seeking to find or renew their creative
The artist, whose paintings are part of corporate, public
and private collections worldwide, sees the creative
mind not related to art per se, but as a universal inspiration.
Earlier in his career, Luc Leestemaker founded and was
CEO of the Amsterdam, Netherlands based, Leestemaker & Associates;
a management consulting and PR firm, specializing in
creating mutually beneficial strategic relationships
between art organizations, cultural festivals and corporations.
After moving to the US and settling in Los Angeles in
1990, Leestemaker honored a long standing family tradition
and returned to painting full time. Over the years his
paintings have been the subject of retro-spective museum
exhibitions and have been shown in galleries worldwide.
They are included in numerous corporate, public and private
collections. In 2006, the award-winning Canadian composer
Vincent Ho used four paintings of the artist as inspiration
for a chamber music work titled Four Paintings By Leestemaker.
Funded by the Canadian Arts Council, this work was performed
at a number of music festivals around the world.
With the publication of The Intentional
Artist and the
accompanying talks, Leestemaker has re-entered the corporate
world and Academia, but this time from the perspective
of someone in the unique position to see the world both
from the creative perspective of an artist, while simultaneously
fully appreciating and understanding the challenges that
organizations and corporations face in finding a way
to integrate new developments and requirements of being
both successful and responsible – global – corporate
citizens in the 21st Century.
Recent talks were held at the invitation of Cognizant
(Global Technology and Management Organization) and the
University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. Upcoming
appearances are scheduled for Boston, Aspen, San Diego,
New Orleans, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, Fl., and Los Angeles.
More on Luc Leestemaker can be found on his website at: www.lucleestemaker.com