A Knock at the Door
30 x 24 in.
Patrick Lee is someone to watch, frequently appearing in the art magazines and competition award announcements. Pittsburgh, PA, based Lee has exhibited work at The Butler Institute of American Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. An internationally collected artist, he has been involved in numerous group and solo exhibitions.
Lee takes a unique creative approach to making paintings. Often he will start a painting with only a loose idea or a simple subject and lets the painting come to life using its own momentum. A painting may begin as a sketch of something from life or from memory. As the image begins to take form, the shapes or colors on the canvas inspire him to incorporate elements of memory, imagination, and connected ideas. The thoughts and feelings that arise from these elements and the creative process itself set the tone for the piece and are conveyed to the viewer in the final artwork.
Lee likes to present the viewer with an image beyond an everyday, documentary rendering of a subject by incorporating an evocative, dream-like mood into each piece, whether done in the studio or en plein air. He draws heavily on intuition and imagination to develop an image, often altering the drawing, color, and spatial relationships to create a mood and express a feeling about the subject. This often leads to strong elements of abstraction and suggestion in his work, rather than explicit detail. This gives the viewer an opportunity to connect with each piece in their own way, inviting them to let their own imaginations make personal associations and connections.