Log In

John Leslie Edit Profile

artist , designer , photographer , sculptor

John Leslie, American Artist, designer, photographer, sculptor.


Leslie, John was born on July 11, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Joseph and Mary Kathryn (Bauermees) Leslie.


Graduate commercial art, Murrell Dobbins Technology, Philadelphia, 1941. Postgraduate, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, 1942. Postgrad, Philadelphia Museum School Industrial Art, 1944.

Postgraduate, Philadelphia Music Academy, 1967. Postgraduate, Pennsylvania State University, from 1982.


Staff artist, Philadelphia Daily News, 1942; founder, creative director, Graphic Ad Displays, Inc., Philadelphia, 1944; collaborative designer, Gimbel Brothers Thanksgiving Day Parade, Philadelphia, 1945; president, art director, Duplex Display and Manufacturing Company, Inc., Philadelphia, 1947-1954; president, designer, Leslie Creations, Inc., Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, 1954-1965; president, founder, Mail Order Methods, Inc., Lafayette Hill, 1954-1967; president, World Treasures, Seven Seas House, Inc., Lafayette Hill, 1960-1965; founder, creative director, Kopy Kat Inc., Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, 1968-1977; art director designer, Jesse Jones Industries, Inc., Philadelphia, 1978-1979; co-founder, art director, Galerie Marjole, Inc., Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, 1987-1989; lecturer limited edition prints, Galerie Marjole, Inc., Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, since 1987. Fine art spokesman radio, television, since 1989. Guest speaker Hundred Million Club, New York City, 1963.

Stage set designer Bessie V. Hicks School, Dramatic Arts, Philadelphia, 1944-1946.


  • Other Work

    • Patentee United States Kopy Kat, Incorporated and Florida Military Heritage Museum trademark. Principal works include site selection Jeanes Memorial Library., Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, 1967.

      Executed murals Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, Philadelphia Eagles Football Team, E.F. Houghton Company, 1945-1953. Originator of 3-D's (3-dimensional collages of paper-sculpture, painted artwork and layered composition board), 1940s. Originator/designer first giant 3-D Dioramic Collages in the United States, 1940's.

      Created wrought iron and chromed steel functional metal sculptures, 1954-1979. Designer the Crystal Mall concept (a climate-controlled atrium enclosing entire existing downtown shopping districts), 1990. Designer United States World War II Veterans Memorial Hall of Honor, 1996.

      Designer official emblem and proposed museum building, Florida Military Heritage and Aviation Museum, Punta Gorda, 2001, official insignia and poster Veterans Week Council, Port Charlotte, Florida, 2005. Artworks in the United States Embassy, Paris, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library., Boston, Woodmere Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Museum Art, and 20 other United States museums.

      First artist to use tissue paper as papier maché sculptural medium, 1940s. Released 3 limited edition lithographic prints and many fine art photographs, since 1988. Designer homes and avant garde furniture including first ocean front A-Frame home on Atlantic coast, first lakeside French Provencial motif home Port Charlotte, Florida, eleven all-masonry Coarctare Homes, Englewood, Florida, 1997-1999, the Slab Chair, made of interlocking leather-covered foam rubber panels.

      Designer Mannequettes for department store windows. Creator Plasti-Coils, 1940-1950. Inventor Showoff cabinet and Room Divider Record Screen, a 3-way folding screen, to file, store, and display LP record albums and video discs, 1954-1963.

      Designer the Skyscraper, welded chromed steel functional metal sculpture, 1978. Exhibited in shows at Art Expo New York City, 1988, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, 1983, Philadelphia Sketch Club, 1987, Englewood Art Guild Fine Art Photo Expos, Florida, since 1996, United Pastelists of America, Upper Nyack On-the-Hudson, New York, 1997, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1967, 68, 79, 80, 85, 89, 90, First Annual Galeria Exhib., New York, 1988, Arts and Humanities Council of Charlotte County, Florida, 2003, New York Oil Pastel Association, Smoke Rise Village, Kinnelon, New Jersey, 1998, Photo Arts Group Charlotte County, Florida, 1994-1995, Janet Fleisher Little Galleries, Philadelphia and Paris, 1967, Upper Merion (Pennsylvania) Cultural Center, 1966, Lemon Bay Buzz Gallery, Englewood, Florida, 2001.

      Author: weekly column on fine art photography, "Lasting Impressions," Englewood Herald, Florida, since 2000.


President, founder Central Citizens Committee, Inc. (limiting strip mining in residential areas), Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, 1960-1975. Active Big Brothers American, Philadelphia, 1957-1965, Young Men’s Christian Association Indian Guides, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1965-1968.

Conservationist, animal rights activist American Anti-Vivisection Society, since 1959. President Lions, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, 1960-1970. With 8th Armored Division Tank Corps., United States Army, World War II, 1943.

Member Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia), Boca Grande Florida Art Alliance, Englewood (Florida) Photographers Association, Oil Pastel Association New York, Les Amis de Veterans Francais, National Amvets., 8th Armored Division Association, Military Heritage and Aviation Museum, Veterans Week Council.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: jazz, collecting antique photographys, pottery, opera.


Married Kathryn Elizabeth Frame, February 4, 1946 (divorced 1948). Married Mary Frances Huggins, April 2, 1950. Children: Karol Ann, John Joseph III, Mary Lee.

John Joseph Leslie

Mary Kathryn (Bauermees) Leslie

Kathryn Elizabeth Frame

Mary Frances Huggins

Mary Lee Leslie

John Joseph III Leslie

Karol Ann Leslie