Leene Aavik was born in Germany of Estonian parents. She is descended from a very artistic line - Karl Timolen Von Neff was court painter to Nicholas 1, Tsar of Russia, and her father Edgar Aavik was an art teacher and exhibiting artist whose paintings were displayed in such places as London, Paris, Chicago and New York.
Self taught, Leene developed her own style through the years and now paints in any medium which catches her fancy in a spontaneous abstract impressionist style full of vivacity.
Leene has won several awards in shows including Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe, Mackay and Goondiwindi. Her paintings are in collections in Estonia, Sweden, The Channel Islands, England, the USA as well as Australia.
Gallery director Philip Bacon commented on the fact that Leene's work appealed to him because it was "strong" when he chose one of Leene's paintings for aquisition in the 1996 Stanthorpe Art Festival. As the judge of the show, Mr Bacon had the task of selecting from 779 works.
Leene has successfully exhibited in various art shows in Queensland, NSW and Victoria from 1992 to 2009. Her achievements include:
1993 - Warwick Art Show - 1st prize 1994 - Inverell Art Show - Highly Commended 1996 - Stanthorpe Art Show - 1st prize 1996 - Toowoomba Art Show - 2 prizes 2008 - Goondiwindi Art Show - 1st prize 2008 - Mackay Art Show - 1st prize - Landscape
For more on Leene Aavik see www.aavikartand.com.au