PATRICK LEE was born in 1969 in Butte, Montana and attended the Minneapolis College of Art & Design from 1988 to 1989.
He has had numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include such venues as the Huntington Museum of Art, Hungtington, WV; Western Project, Los Angeles, CA; and Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY.
Recent group exhibitions include “Belief in Giants,” Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; “ROCK," Dedicated to Shannon Michael Cane, Phil Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; “Group Show: Carole Caroompas, Dion Johnson, Patrick Lee, and Wayne White,” Western Project at Werkartz, Los Angeles, CA; “Ethics of Depiction: Landscape, Still Life, Human,” Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI; “B-B-B-BAD…an exhibition with attitudes,” Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY; “Drawing for the New Century,” Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; “Male,” Maureen Paley Gallery, London, UK; “do I know you,” Inman Gallery, Houston, TX; “Lush Life,” Salon 94, New York, NY; and “In the Darkness,” Phil Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
His work may be found in the permanent collections of the LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
Lee is the recipient of the 2006 Peter S. Reed Foundation Achievement Award and the Nikon 2000 Grand Prize in 2000.
Patrick Lee currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
As a Hollywood special effects artist, Patrick Lee has worked on such films as "Armageddon" and "Day Before Tomorrow."
But perhaps his greatest illusion is when Lee picks up a graphite pencil and draws a face.
You can see Lee's mind-blowing photo-realistic portraits in the "Deadly Friends" exhibit now up at the Huntington Museum of Art as the internationally known and shown L.A.-based Lee is the Walter Gropius Master Artist in October.
The fortysomething Montana-born, and Minneapolis College of Art & Design educated artist speaks about his work during a free public presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
Lee will stay up on the hill this weekend to present a three-day workshop at HMA titled "Drawing Realism" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16. Visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701 for workshop fee information or to register.
An exhibit of work by Lee continues on view at the Huntington Museum of Art through Dec. 30.
WORKSHOP: 9am to 4pm, 14 Oct. – 16 Oct. 2016 PUBLIC PRESENTATION: Thursday, 13 Oct. 2016, 7pm EXHIBITION: 24 Sep. – 30 Dec. 2016
During this workshop, Patrick Lee will share the specific techniques he uses to achieve a photorealistic look in the portraits he creates. He will teach other artists who are looking to accurately capture an individual or an object how to use pencil (graphite). Lee will explain his process, from approaching individuals on the street and photographing them to editing images and choosing what will hopefully be a compelling composition. In addition he will tell the stories behind his drawings in the gallery and help participants focus on how to pick subjects to draw. Drawings will be based on photographs the participants provide and will take shape over the three days of the workshop.
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Western Project is proud to present the third solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist, Patrick Lee. For over ten years Lee has worked on his series Deadly Friends; an investigation into the lives of men on the streets of America. Looking to understand the subtle and often forceful appearances of men the artist has created a body of work this time inspired by the environs around LA City Jail and the nearby Union Station.
Photorealism does not especially intrigue me, but in Patrick Lee's work, the technique is just the starting point for further revelations. Lee's graphite portraits of men are meticulous down to the very pores that sprout whiskers. The figures are set in a style reminiscent of the early 1900s, with heads floating in a limbo of whiteness, and I am reminded of the decades old black and white photos of my grandmother's family. Yet these portraits are startling contemporary insights into the society of men. Bald heads, scars, tattoos and ethnically diverse, these men virtually wear the stories of their lives on their necks, faces, and heads. In a culture where youth is trumpeted no matter the class or color of the individual, it's an interesting relief to see men, instead of kids, depicted here. These are men who clearly have lived lives of intensity and peril and are part of a society that signals their wounds with physical visuals.
Patrick Lee’s gorgeous portraits of tough young men are great works of art because they entice you to imagine what it might be like to live in someone else’s skin.
Western Project is proud to present the second solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Patrick Lee. After a successful show in New York last year, the artist will present seven recent large scale drawings and a new video project.
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