Costa Mesa, CA – March 24, 2016 – Jamie Brooks Fine Art is pleased to present Succession, a fifteen-year survey of works by David Michael Lee.
Lee’s early canvases often begin as fabric scraps sewn together on his grandmother’s sewing machine: a heavy-duty 1968 Singer. Driven by large blocks of color, Lee constructs challenging perspectives between patchwork canvas and vivid acrylic paint. The work establishes a narrative through recognizable imagery, silhouettes or outlines.
Starting with base of hemp from a bolt given to him by his late father, his more recent work consists of constructed three-dimensional canvases. Applying multiple layers of paint, the surface is built up to stratified layers of hidden color. Investigating skewed perspectives, geometric shapes are revealed by carving and burnishing which showing a history of the work. In his latest pieces, stencils of lace fabric are unmasked, furthering his use of fabric as the base for an exploration of color and form.
Artist, curator, and instructor David Michael Lee was born and raised in Orange County. He earned his BA from Columbia College in Chicago and his MFA from Cal State Fullerton, where he was an artist in residence at the Grand Central Art Center. Lee worked as a studio assistant to Tony DeLap, after which he went on to teach at Coastline Community College in Newport Beach and at Chapman University. He is currently the director of Coastline Art Gallery.