Jivan Lee creates extraordinary New Mexico vistas rendered in thick paint and lush color. Primarily a plein-air painter, Jivan Lee’s painted expeditions into the Land of Enchantment are visual testaments of both his intimate engagements with the land and of his visceral exploration into the raw material of paint.
Lee’s tools include spatulas, broad brushes, and his own bare hands. Up close his paintings celebrate paint for paint’s sake – luscious, colorful, moldable. In their opulent textures, his surfaces assume the felt sensation of earth, rock, water, and sky. When viewed at a distance, the paintings collect into studies of light, architecture, and land forms – a dazzling transformation that highlights the relationships between familiar image and raw material.