Courtesy Leopold Gallery
Gallery owner Paul Dorrell, far right, with students of the Leopold Gallery Charitable Foundation.
A self-proclaimed hell-raiser, passionate artist, and philanthropist, Paul Dorrell’s combination of talent and passion pushed him to create Leopold Gallery in Kansas City. All of the art is created by Missouri and Kansas artists.
In the early 1990s, Paul felt that regional artists could create impressive pieces easily on par with artists in larger markets, so he set out to keep artists in the area by opening Leopold Gallery in 1991. Paul’s ability to form relationships with clients and artists has been valuable when big-budget companies choose where to buy their art.
“I don’t run around in Gucci suits,” Paul says. “I wear blue jeans. I ride a motorcycle. I’m a hell-raiser from way back. But I know art. I know installations, and I understand people.”
This knowledge has landed Leopold Gallery some impressive clients, including H&R Block, the University of Kansas Hospital, and Saint Luke’s Hospital. Leopold Gallery also works with teenage artists from low-income families through the Leopold Gallery Charitable Foundation, which encourages kids to go to college in order to help break poverty’s cycle.
Paul is also the author of a book, Living the Artist’s Life, a guidebook for artists from the viewpoint of a renegade art dealer. The book shares Paul’s experiences and adventures as an artist and an art dealer.