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Leo Theron

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Leo Théron is a South African stained-glass window artist who specialises in the dalles de verre technique (using glass and concrete). Théron studied art at Rhodes University in South Africa and then at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Returning to South Africa he became involved in designing mosaics and leaded glass windows for new churches. Subsequently he specialized in the technique called dalles de verre sous beton, a method using coloured glass and concrete, developed in France after the second world war, and which he developed as a distinctive style during a return visit to France in 1964, when he studied the work of Gabriel Loire in Chartres, which profoundly informed his approach to the medium. From his studio in Pretoria, South Africa, Théron spent 35 years creating windows for 137 churches, many educational institutions, civic buildings, and private houses. In 1978 he was awarded the medal of honour by the South African Academy for Arts and Science. The major achievement of the dalles de verre technique is the creation of window walls or walls of light, which can occupy entire walls in churches or other buildings, reaching from floor to ceiling. Théron has spoken of  ( Wikipedia article )

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