Growing up in a small community didn’t hinder my passion for art. As long as I can remember art has always been my best friend. As a child my Uncle would take me into Chicago, the big city 100 miles from my remote environment. He exposed me to the Chicago Art Institute, the Lyric Opera, the Chicago Symphony, the architecture, and the different cultures within the city which were beyond my visual vocabulary. I became intrigued and inspired; consequently, everything I encountered became my artistic encyclopedia. On February 2012 I had an accident and tore all the tendons loose in my right hand. I have piano wires internally holding my hand together; consequently, I proceeded to teach myself to draw and paint left handed. I faced challenges in reverse processing but continued to practice technical skills because ceasing to create was not an option. I think, I see, and I live art. Art is everything I am and an artist is what I have become. Art is my best friend and has kept me sane in my own weird way. My work is in visual, physical, and emotional layers. Just as in life all seemingly cohesive up front but comes from random chaos that is orchestrated into a harmonious coexistence. Everything in Life is layered. Everything I see, I hear, I touch, I smell and I emotionally feel become part of my visual language. What is created comes overlapping thoughts and color juxtapositions. My ARTPRIZE 21 entry "TIC TAC TOE" represents living during COVID, whereas, as human beings our lives were disrupted, became fragmented, and isolated. People were trying to emotionally deal with sudden chaos, use strategy , use minimal resources, form it into a cohesive life-style, relearn to live with social restrictions, and in the confinement of others. The concept of TIC TAC TOE is understanding that this basic game is about strategy, tactics, and observation. I have used actual games played during isolation to orchestrate the concept. I have broken the games down into four stages of social commentaries. The Xs and the Os represents human interaction during isolation...the color represents the physicality of the moment....the symbolic language depicts the emotion.. I developed and documented this layered concept in 2016. The medium is oil paint, ink, on transparent polyester architectural vellum. I am the only artist in the world using this medium as fine art. It is my HIKU. I attended college majoring in fine art and communication. But life has been my real mentor. I do creative workshops and clinics that push art exploration and thinking outside the box. I have exhibited in curated and juried shows throughout the US, Mexico, and Virgin Islands.. I have won numerous awards and exhibited since the 1970s. Exhibitions include Stola Contemporary, Chicago, IL, 4ARTS, Chicago, IL, SOHO NY, Miami Art Basel-FRIDGE Miami FL, Salimagundi, NYC NY, National Watercolor Societies, curated into exhibitions in Mexico and St, Coix, USVI, museums and college invitationals such as Midwest Museum of Art, Brauer Museum of Art, Beverly Art Center, NIA Solo and group Exhibitions, Indiana University, Purdue University, South Chicago College and gallerys throughout the US. I am included in museum permanent collections, corporate collections, and private collections worldwide.
L Lee's ArtPrize Entries
These are L Lee's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
L Lee's Past Work
These are images of past work that L Lee has done.