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John Lees

March 6 - April 5, 2008

LAKE (MAN RIPPLES), 2004-08, oil on wood panel


oil on wood panel

13 x 26 in./

33.02 x 66.04 cm


APEX, 2003-04, Oil on canvas

APEX, 2003-04

Oil on canvas

26 x 30 inches

66.04 x 76.2 cm


RIPPLES, 2000-2007, Oil on canvas

RIPPLES, 2000-2007

Oil on canvas

24 x 50 3/8 inches

60.96 x 127.95 cm


VIA PIAVE, 1997-2007, Oil on canvas

VIA PIAVE, 1997-2007

Oil on canvas

23 x 11 in./

58.42 x 27.94 cm


SCROLL NOIR FOR ANN SAVAGE, "VERA", 2002-2005, watercolor, ink, gouache, pencil, conte crayon and silverpoint on paper


watercolor, ink, gouache, pencil, conte crayon and silverpoint on paper

12 1/2 x 109 inches

 31.8 x 276.9 cm


Press Release

Dates: March 6 – April 5, 2008

Opening Reception:  Thursday, March 6, 2008, 6 – 8 pm

New York, Tuesday, January 31, 2008, Betty Cuningham Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by John Lees at 541 West 25th Street, New York City from on March 6 through April 5, 2008.  The exhibition includes 24 oil on canvas paintings, and 15 ink and gouache drawings, some in the making since 1972.  The paintings range in size from 5 x 7 inches to

40 x 48 inches.  A full color catalogue with an essay by writer and critic William Corbett accompanies the exhibition.  The artist will be present for an opening reception on Thursday, March 6th, from 6-8 pm.

Lees works and reworks his drawings and paintings over many years, building up the surfaces and breaking them down, developing what he calls a “sense of presence”.  He keeps a dated log on each piece (on the front or back) often spanning several years. The drawings in their inks and dry gouaches resemble ancient documents. Covered with notations, these drawings document Lee’s artistic journey. His paintings record a similar process: each layer of pigment is slowly built up over time, the sinopia peeking through the encrusted surfaces.

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