ERIC LEE

Eric Lee

Eric Lee
Lucifer, 2012
[EL.06]
Oil embedded match-heads on hard board
24 x 37 in.

ERIC LEE WAS BORN IN 1974 IN DULUTH, MINNESOTA AND GREW UP IN GRANDVIEW, A SMALL TOWN IN THE NORTHERN PART OF WISCONSIN NEXT TO CHEQUAMEGON NATIONAL FOREST. AS A CHILD HE WAS ONE OF NINE STUDENTS IN HIS PRIMARY CLASS.

HE EARNED A TECHNICAL DEGREE IN MECHANICAL DRAFTING IN 1998, BUT ALWAYS HAD A CREATIVE PASSION IN THE ARTS AND BEGAN PAINTING IN 2002. COMBINING HIS LOVE FOR PRECISE DETAIL WITH HIS CURIOSITY FOR EXPERIMENTING WITH NON-TRADITIONAL BUILDING MATERIALS, LEE GRADUATED SUMMA CUM LAUDE WITH A BACHELORS OF FINE ARTS IN PAINTING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN IN 2010.

LEE’S MEDIUM OF CHOICE IS OIL AND A NUMBER OF EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES INCLUDING FURNITURE STAIN, ASHES, CONCRETE, IGNITED GUNPOWDER, DIGITAL COMPONENTS, AND A VARIETY OF PAPERS. HIS BODY OF WORK REFLECTS HIS FASCINATION WITH LIFE CYCLES OF PEOPLE AND WHAT THEY LEAVE BEHIND. MANY OF THESE LIFE CYCLES FOCUS ON THE BOOM AND BUST OF CITIES, GROWTH FROM DECAY, THE TEMPORAL, THE MAN MADE VERSUS THE NATURAL WORLD AND HUMAN ANXIETY. HE DRAWS INSPIRATION FOR THESE SUBJECTS FROM SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN DUE TO THE CITY’S POST-INDUSTRIAL DEPRESSION. TO LEE, SUPERIOR IS A MODERN EXAMPLE OF THE RISE AND FALL OF CIVILIZATIONS AND THE AMERICAN CHARACTER.

LEE ALSO FEELS A SPECIAL CONNECTION AND APPRECIATION TO NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART BECAUSE THOSE ARTISTS CLEARLY ILLUSTRATED EVERY OBJECT THEY PAINTED IN AN INTIMATE MANNER. HE INTERPRETS THE EXPRESSIVENESS IN THEIR WORK AS THE ARTISTS’ BEGGING US TO REALIZE THAT EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS SACRED.

LEE WON A STATEWIDE SEARCH COMMISSION TO CREATE A PUBLIC WORK FOR JAMF SOFTWARE IN EAU CLAIRE, WI. HE WAS INSPIRED TO BE ABLE TO WORK ON A PIECE THAT HAD NO PRESSURE OR RESTRICTIONS. LEE APPRECIATED THE CONFIDENCE THEY HAD IN HIS ABILITIES AND HE COULD BE HIMSELF. HIS WORK IS NOW PERMANENTLY ON DISPLAY IN THE MAIN ENTRANCE AT THE JAMF SOFTWARE OFFICE IN DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE. HIS WORK HAS BEEN SHOWN IN SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS IN EAU CLAIRE, INCLUDING FOSTER GALLERY AS WELL AS THE VOLUME ONE GALLERY; STATE STREET GALLERY IN MADISON AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT IN MINNEAPOLIS.

ERIC LEE CURRENTLY LIVES AND WORKS IN EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN.