Leena Lehto´s art combines pure, classical forms with the fantasy world of
imagery and colour. It pays tribute to the soul of porcelain, at the core
of which lie form, texture and colour, and an understanding of the
relationship between these elements.
From the outset, Leena Lehto has distanced herself from traditional
porcelain painting, which has been branded as ornamental. She does not
decorate; she does not add separate ornaments to the surface of a piece.
Instead, she approaches the material on its own terms, addressing the
relations of forms and colour through porcelain art. Her assured sense of
rhythm and form provide the impetus for ever-new combinations of designs and
colours. The variations of the visual idiom are both figurative and
Lehto´s creative process is galvanised by experiences gained in Spain,
Italy and Japan, as well as her familiar Scandinavian environment. The
cornerstones of her work are spontaneous creativity and fantasy, disciplined
reflection, technical execution, and tradition.
Tuija Tervo, MA, art historian, auction curator.