Behind the Old Fruit Stand by Jivan Lee
Biography

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 Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Art 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: 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

 

 

 

 

 Catalog, Leave It At The Door, 2018

 

 Catalog, A River Runs Through, 2017

 

 

Jivan Lee
Behind the Old Fruit Stand , 2018
Oil on panel
36" x 36"
021149