ABOUT KIRI ØSTERGAARD LEONARD

  • Kiri Østergaard Leonard is an illustrator with a flair for the quirky and whimsical. Her artwork reflects a passion for the world of fairies, a deep interest in fairy tales as well as an inherit fondness of Nordic myth and folklore. 

    She grew up in Denmark but moved to the US in 2010 to study art at Pratt Institute, she now resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats, where she thrives as a full time illustrator.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Often times I lose myself within the pages of my sketchbook. These empty sheets of paper implore me to dream my wildest dreams, and fill their span of pages with images from the fairy tale worlds I love to explore so much.

    As a child I was captivated by the images of monsters and otherworldly creatures depicted in the pages of my books. That fondness grew as I grew, leading me along a twisting path of my own imagination that only got curiouser and curiouser along the way. In my adulthood I am learning to keep one foot founded in reality.

    When my head is not in the clouds I am hard at work studying to better my artistic abilities. In the end I draw because I have always drawn. It is the heading to the compass of my life, and I would be lost without it. Equipped with my pencils I set out to uncover the mysteries that await me.

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    Artist's Spotlight

    (Illustration)


    Wax Ecstatic Magazine

    2014

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    Baking in the Fairy Mound

    (Illustration)


    Spider Magazine

    2015

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    Magnus the Monster Boy Paper Doll

    (Illustration)


    Doll Collector’s Magazine

    2014