A very special show honoring the 40th anniversary of Lawrence Lee’s first "one man" show, will take place on Thursday, December 1st from 5 to 9pm at CasaBella Fine Art Gallery in Joesler Village.
Fans of the internationally acclaimed artist will not want to miss this opening which will feature a number of new "Shaman" paintings, as well as landscapes, giclées on aluminum and paper and imagery from "Spirit Garden", a special series he developed for Ballet Tucson’s opening show of the season on November 18th. Based on Dia de los Muertos, his creations are featured throughout the ballet, in projections, props, and costuming. Two fascinating multi- dimensional 8’ images of a bride and groom created by Lee as a backdrop for the performance, will be on display at the gallery along with a new series of "Catrina" paintings inspired by his work on the ballet (see photos below). Several Ballet Tucson dancers will be at the gallery show in full costume as well.
"It was a fantastic experience. I have spent literally hundreds of hours creating original and unique graphic images – exploring brand new areas of creativity," said Lee. "More importantly, has been the inspiration my work on the ballet has given me, which at the moment has resulted in the series of 'Catrina' paintings now under way. They will combine the best of my skills as a painter even as I continue to push my own artistic boundaries. Some people find my shamans to be 'scary,' so I can hardly wait to discover what they think of these over-the-top 'almost human' skulls and spines,” said Lee.
"In any event, the December show should be a multifaceted visual romp. People looking for just more of the same from me will be disappointed. Those looking to be challenged by a confrontation with their own spiritual nature will want to come back and see it more than once."
Gallery owner, Tommy Hickey is thrilled to be honoring Lee's many years of work, in addition to the new works inspired by his work with Ballet Tucson. "It should be a really wonderful evening featuring the extraordinary talents of one of Tucson's greatest treasures. I think this latest creative venture into the spirit world will thrill and delight his many fans."
The public is welcome to attend the show which will be featured at the gallery through the month of December.