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Leon Llewellyn was born on April 29, 1951, in Grenville, Saint Andrews, Grenada, to Eric Llewellyn and Vera Renaud Llewellyn. Llewellyn attended St. Andrews Anglican School in Grenville, Grenada (1956-1963), followed by Van Horn Elementary, in Montreal, Quebec. He later attended Northmount High School in Montreal (1965-1969). He is a graduate of Sir George Williams University in Montreal (1969-1975), where he received a BA in Fine Arts in 1974 and a Diploma in Art Education in 1975. Llewellyn is married to Danielle Fortas and they have two children, Jonathan and Julia Llewellyn.
Llewellyn is an artist and retired visual arts teacher, whose career was spent working for the English Montreal School Board, where he taught at Laurier MacDonald High School in Saint Leonard. Prior to his time working at Laurier MacDonald High School, he taught art and music at Aime Renaud High School in St. Leonard and worked as a teaching assistant at Miriam School in Montreal. Llewellyn was involved with many Black community organizations in Montreal, including the Black Studies Centre, Negro Community Centre (NCC), Cote-des Neiges Black Community Development Project, and the Quebec Board of Black Educators, among others. In addition to teaching art and developing art and photography programs for community organizations, including the Black Studies Centre, Llewellyn worked as a set designer for the Black Theater Workshop and a lighting technician at the Revue Theater. Llewellyn participated in many community organized exhibitions and provided artworks for community organizations, journals, and newspapers. He was present at many significant events in the Montreal Black community, including a presentation by Angela Davis in Montreal in 1974. In the 1960s and 1970s, he drew political and editorial cartoons for Uhuru and Focus Umoja. Llewellyn was the artist responsible for the sign above the doorway of the NCC, and the logo and banner on the top of Focus Umoja.
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Llewellyn, Leon (198-). Leon Llewellyn - Painter. F032, Box F032-002, Folder 23. Leon Llewellyn fonds. Concordia University Library, Special Collections, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.