Video Premiere: Lebo’s Creative Cartoon Flow

From studying comic strips as a kid to painting the 1,063-foot hull of a cruise ship, David “Lebo” Le Batard tells the story of the world through his unique style.

The artist reveals the origins of his nom de plume, the inspiration behind his style, and a look at his creative process in Park West Gallery’s newest video.

“I do a lot of sketches, I do a lot of reference work, gather a lot of source material, start with a lot of pencil sketches, and from there try to create a sort of creative flow,” Lebo says.

Lebo is the innovator of Postmodern Cartoon Expressionism, a unique style combining elements of storytelling, calligraphy, cartoons, mythology, and indigenous art. As a self-described cartoonist, Lebo uses bold colors, sharp lines, and whimsical turns of phrase to explore sentiments of enlightenment, mindfulness, and cross-cultural narratives.

The Miami-based artist graduated from Florida International University in 1995. From there, Lebo lectured at the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Florida, on the technical approaches of illustration. His first public exhibition at Johnson & Wales University in 1996 led to his rise to success.

Just Beyond Belief David "Lebo" Le Batard Park West Gallery

Just Beyond Belief” (2016), David “Lebo” Le Batard

Lebo’s brightly-colored murals adorn the buildings of major U.S. cities. Numerous companies and brands have sought out his artistic style, including Adidas, ESPN, Gibson Guitar, Google, Harley-Davidson, and Lululemon. Among those companies is Norwegian Cruise Line, which commissioned Lebo to design the artwork for the hull of the Norwegian Getaway cruise ship.

To add a Lebo to your collection, contact our gallery consultants. Call (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 to speak to a representative during business hours, or email sales@parkwestgallery.com for inquiries after hours.

Leave a comment

Prove you\'re human. *

Latest News

  • The Top 5 Finalists Have Been Announced For 2017 MI Great Artist Competition

    Five finalists have been chosen for the 2017 MI Great Artist Competition, a contest in support of up-and-coming artists in Southeast Michigan.232 artists from 8 different local counties submitted entries ...
    Read More
  • Behind the Artist: Guy Harvey

    Guy Harvey has spent his life studying and exploring the sea. Through his artistic vision, he shares that passion with the world.Harvey was born in 1955 in Bad Lippspringe, ...
    Read More
  • 5 Practices to Avoid When Hanging Art

    Art is subjective, so what someone hangs in their home or office is a matter of taste, style, and opinion.With that said, there are certain practices to avoid when hanging ...
    Read More
  • Art News: Banderas Plays Picasso, Irma’s Impact on Museums, Monet’s Collection on Display

    The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making headlines this week.  Antonio Banderas to Play ...
    Read More
  • Peter Max U.S. Open Art Featured in New York Times

    The New York Times recently chronicled how iconic Pop artist Peter Max not only created art for the 1997 U.S. Open, but also adapted and expanded on his original ...
    Read More
  • 5 Reasons Why Arts Education Is Important For EVERYONE

    “Ya gotta have art!” That was the slogan for the Detroit Institute of Arts back in the 1970s (forever immortalized by this joyfully catchy commercial), but the sentiment has ...
    Read More
  • Anatole Krasnyansky Remembers Tommy Hawkins (1936–2017)

    To many, Tommy Hawkins was an NBA star who set an example for others. For artist Anatole Krasnyansky, he was more than that—he was a dear friend.Hawkins, the first black ...
    Read More
  • Behind the Artist: LeRoy Neiman

    The worlds of fine art and sports don’t commonly collide. To American artist LeRoy Neiman, however, the culture of athleticism was a dynamic masterpiece.Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1921, ...
    Read More
  • Art News: Dalí Not a Father, Louvre Abu Dhabi Opening, Heist Suspect Being...

    The art world is full of fascinating exhibitions, intriguing discoveries, and moments that shape history. Here are some of the latest news items making art headlines.  DNA Test Proves Dalí’s ‘Daughter’ ...
    Read More
  • Video Premiere: Patrick Guyton Paints Elegance in Gold

    Substrate: a substance or layer that underlies something on which a process occurs. This is where enzymes act, and from which organisms live, grow, or ...
    Read More
  • Semi-Finalists Selected in MI Great Artist

    The votes have been tallied, and 22 Michigan artists will now compete as semi-finalists for the title of 2017 MI Great Artist.More than 34,500 votes were cast during the ...
    Read More
  • Marko Mavrovich Donates Paintings to SEAL Legacy Foundation

    Artist Marko Mavrovich admits the emotions his military-themed paintings evoke makes it difficult to complete the works.“When I paint these paintings of soldiers with dogs I can’t start and ...
    Read More