LEON SORKIN

 

 

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$625 North Minneapolis House (red roof & trees) signed oil on canvas 32" x 36"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$150 Untitled (children playing) watercolor 11" x 15"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$350 Lake at Theodore Wirth oil on canvas 26" x 32"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$650 Dupont and 19th signed 1971 oil on canvas 22" x 28"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$400 The Blue Roof signed oil on canvas 16" x 20"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$250 Self Portrait pastel 19" x 12"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$325 White Garages oil on canvas 14" x 18"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$250 Bus Stop signed oil on canvas 13.75" x 17"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$450 Still Life oil on board 24" x 20"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$650 White Barn oil on canvas 26" x 32"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$650 Sklars Tailor Shop 1939 oil on canvas 28" x 34"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

$150 North Minneapolis House (red roof & trees) watercolor 8" x 7"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

SOLD The Little Store signed oil on canvas 20" x 24"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

SOLD Theodore Wirth Golf Course oil on canvas 16" x 20"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

SOLD Landscape oil on paper 11" x 13"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

SOLD Yellow House by the Alley signed oil on canvas 18" x 20"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

SOLD Late Fall signed oil on canvas 28" x 22"

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Leon Sorkin
Leon Sorkin

SOLD Untitled (green roof house) oil on paper 10" x 8"

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Leon Sorkin (1914 - 1987)

Leon Sorkin was born in 1914 in Philadelphia, to an immigrant family from Konotop, Ukraine.  His family moved to Minneapolis in 1916 where his parents purchased a two-bedroom home in North Minneapolis for $6,000.  Sorkin was well known in Minneapolis as an accomplished portrait, landscape and still life painter … and he especially loved painting homes in his North Minneapolis neighborhood.   

 

He began painting while attending North High School.  At first, he wanted to be a cartoonist, but then he enrolled in the Minneapolis School of Art and earned many scholarships … and graduated with honors in 1939. 

 

During the 1940s he painted murals for the WPA. He also was an art instructor at the Walker Art Center (1940-45) and the Wayzata Art Center (1950-55).  One of his paintings, “Comic Page,” a picture of a girl reading the comics, was acquired by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for its permanent collection.

 

In 1982, a 50-year retrospective exhibit of his work was held at the Minneapolis JCC.  Leon Sorkin passed away in 1987, at the age of 73.  He exhibited his art at the Minnesota State Fair, 1943; Minneapolis Institute of Art, 1943-45; St. Paul Art Gallery, 1945 and the Minneapolis Women’s Club, 1945.