John Lees

American, b. 1943

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John Lees

American, b. 1943

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For John Lees, the imagery in his paintings characteristically comes out of his past: the courtyard at the Otis Art Institute (where he went to art school), his childhood house in Denville, or or his favored tenor sax. He has an extraordinary working method: he spends years, sometimes decades, making his drawings and paintings, building up impastos of pigment so thick that they add a third dimension to his works. He continually adds to and breaks down the surface of his paintings to create what he calls “a sense of presence.” Lees work is about time: the time within the painting and the time outside the painting.

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Biography

For John Lees, the imagery in his paintings characteristically comes out of his past: the courtyard at the Otis Art Institute (where he went to art school), his childhood house in Denville, or or his favored tenor sax. He has an extraordinary working method: he spends years, sometimes decades, making his drawings and paintings, building up impastos of pigment so thick that they add a third dimension to his works. He continually adds to and breaks down the surface of his paintings to create what he calls “a sense of presence.” Lees work is about time: the time within the painting and the time outside the painting.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Articles Featuring John Lees
At Betty Cuningham, John Lees’s Paintings Mark Time Passing
Oct 30th, 2015
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