Field to Dusk Blue by Jivan Lee

Jivan Lee’s oil paintings explore the raw material of paint to create images and emotional response. Based in Santa Fe and Taos, Lee is inspired by the landscape and artists of the southwest. He works on-site from direct observation and response to the physicality of the natural environment. His work is distinguished by thick brush strokes and a tactile, sculptural quality, applying paint with spatulas, brushes paper towels, bare hands, and even dirt. The resulting pieces move between abstract fields of color, topographical planes, and recognizable imagery. Up close they celebrate paint for paint’s sake – luscious, colorful, moldable. When viewed at distance, the paintings collect into studies of light, architecture, recognizable figures, and landscapes – a transformation that highlights the relationships between raw material and familiar image, inviting visceral contemplation.

Lee is originally from Woodstock NY, and studied painting at Bard College. His paintings have been exhibited nationally at museums and educational institutions and covered in publications such as Western Art Collector (feature article), Fine Art Connoisseur, The Denver Post, Southwest Art (feature article), Phoenix Home & Garden (feature article), Two Coats of PaintArt Business News, and Plein Air Magazine. In addition to painting as much as time allows, Jivan also helms the Project for Art and the Environment and occasionally teaches.


 Jivan Lee: CV

 Press Release: Jivan Lee: Constant / Change (2019 Solo Exhibition)

 Press Release: Jivan Lee: Leave it at the Door (2018 Solo Exhibition)

 Feature Article on Jivan Lee in Phoenix Home & Garden

 Artist Profile on Jivan Lee in Western Art & Architecture

 Artist Feature on Jivan Lee in Vasari 21  

 Artist Profile on Jivan Lee in American Art Collector


  Catalog, Constant / Change, 2019







 Catalog, Leave It At The Door, 2018


 Catalog, A River Runs Through, 2017


Jivan Lee
Field to Dusk Blue , 2018
Oil on panel
24" x 12"