Art Exhibition Brings Art of late John Schlesinger to Hospice of Santa Barbara


Late artist John Schlesinger solo art exhibition on display until Jan. 24

From left, Mary Schlesinger, sister of late artist of John Schlesinger, and David Selberg, HSB CEO. Mary is holding a photo of her brother. 

From left, Mary Schlesinger, sister of late artist of John Schlesinger, and David Selberg, HSB CEO. Mary is holding a photo of her brother. 

Nov. 3, 2016, Santa Barbara, CA— Hospice of Santa Barbara is honored to have the artwork of the late John Schlesinger on display at the Leigh Block Gallery -- located within Hospice of Santa Barbara, 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite #100, Santa Barbara -- through Jan, 24 2017.

HSB welcomed the community to an open house reception for the solo art exhibition on Oct. 27. The exhibit is available for viewing by calling (805) 563-8820. John’s sister Mary Schlesinger will donate 25% of the proceeds from the art sales to Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc., a volunteer hospice organization. 

Growing up suffering from a severe and debilitating case of Crohn’s Disease, John turned to painting at a young age. Knowing that the condition would lead to a life filled with challenges, John’s artwork at times often took on somber meanings, depending upon his health at the time. John created a diverse library of artwork, using mixed media, including paint, collage and assemblage. He continued producing his artwork through countless surgeries.

His sister Mary Schlesinger describes the exhibition at Hospice of Santa Barbara as a “trove of riches” that will showcase a small slice of her brother’s work, which has alternately been described as ethereal and mysterious, and hauntingly beautiful. This will be the first time many of the pieces have ever been on display.

City Lights, by John Schlesinger

Art ran in John’s veins, as his mother attended the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and his grandparents were artists as well. Mary’s earliest memories of her brother involve creating artwork alongside him on the floor of their Midwest home, not far from the University of Notre Dame, where his father taught. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Notre Dame and moved to Santa Barbara about 30 years ago. Despite being very shy, he became involved in the local arts community, continuing his studies with local figure drawing classes. Prior to his passing at the age of 68, John received patient care services from Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides, at no cost, professional counseling and patient care services to people who are experiencing the impact of a serious illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on six local high school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit