NEWS


Fail From The Top

Watch for my video interview with Alexis Castillo for Art Business Essentials, soon to be released.  The focus of my remarks will be a discussion of an important but rarely understood concept for artists pursuing professional careers: planning to fail from the top down as the only rational way to go.


Read my most recent major interview,

by far the most interesting and challenging I've ever done:

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2016 has was quite unlike any other for me.  You may recall that in December of 2015 I had a cameo appearance in Ballet Tucson’s production of The Nutcracker.  What a great experience that was!  And then, conversations with the Founding Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer led to my being asked to collaborate with Ballet Tucson on their major, season opening production for 2016-2017!  Based on Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, this was a brand new production, entitled “Spirit Garden.”  My graphic art creations were featured throughout, in projections, props, and costuming, and the dancers performed to the music of our local celebrated group, Calexico! The premiere performance of “Spirit Garden” took place at The Temple of Music and Art at the season opening gala on Friday, November 18th, 2016.  


Here are a few short videos featuring Lawrence Lee.


Lawrence has been a professional artist for over forty years.

I have made a good living as a professional artist for almost fifty years. I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I have known love and loss in near equal measure. I am interested in almost everything, but have special fondness for language and subatomic physics. I continue to paint.

 

HONORS:   

  • CONTEMPORARY WESTERN ARTISTS:1982-85   

  • AMERICAN ARTISTS OF RENOWN: 1981-82   

  • WHO'S WHO IN THE WEST (23rd Edition): 1992   

  • MOUNTAIN OYSTER CLUB: ARTIST MEMBER  

  • Tucson Museum of art Contemporary Art Society


EDUCATION:   

  • BFA, Northern Arizona University 1969 Magna Cum Laude   
  • MA in Art Education, Northern Arizona University 1970    


PUBLICATIONS:   

  • "The Mirror", published by Harbinger House (1989), Author and Illustrator
  • "Living With an Impostor" (2007) Author, Designer (Amazon, softcover and ebook)
  • "POEMS 2012" (2012) Author, Designer
  • "A Field Guide to Dragons" (2015) Author, Designer (Amazon, softcover and ebook)
  • "The Cynic" & "Still Life" in The Poetic Bond VI (2016) by Willowdown Books (Amazon)
  • "The Making of Spirit Garden": A collaborative ballet. (2016) Blurb (Blurb)

MEDIA:   

  • Acrylic on canvas   
  • Bronze   
  • Giclée   
  • Electronic/Digital   


FEATURE ARTICLES:

  • Southwest Art Magazine (December 1980, March 1998 and April 2004)
  • American Artist Magazine
  • Arizona Collector's Guide
  • CreativPaper (Interview, late 2016)


GALLERIES:


MAJOR EXHIBITIONS:

(Partial listing.)

Casabella Fine Art, Tucson
Minotaur Fine Arts, Ltd., Las Vegas   
Walton-Gilbert Galleries, San Francisco   
Joy Tash Gallery, Scottsdale   
Sanders Gallery, Tucson   
Via Gambaro Gallery, Washington, D. C.   
Ratliff-Williams Gallery, Sedona   
El Presidio Gallery, Tucson   
Joan Cawley Gallery, Santa Fe/Scottsdale   
Americana West Gallery, Washington, D.C.   
Shadow Mountain Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming   
Adagio Gallery, Palm Springs & Palm Desert   
International Art Exposition, Gifu, Japan   
Beth O'Donnell Gallery, Aspen   
Gallery 13, New York
Alex Gallery, Paris, France 

(Including over 30 one-man shows at these and other galleries.)   

INSTITUTIONAL AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

(Partial listing.)
IBM Corporate Collection   
Greyhound Corporation   
E.F. Hutton Corporate Collection   
Ruhr-West Museum   
Bank One Walter Bimson Collection   
Atlas Steel Corporate Collection   
Indianapolis Museum of Art   
The Arizona Bank   
The Eiteljorg Collection, Indianapolis   
Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale   
Tucson Desert Art Museum Permanent Collection
Dell Webb Corporate Collection, Phoenix   
Northern Arizona University Library   
M.D. Buyline Corporate Collection, Dallas   
Scottsdale Center for the Arts Permanent Collection
New Mexico Museum of Art
Tucson Museum of Art Permanent Collection


(Plus over 1,000 private collections in the United States, Japan, China, and Europe.)


 

I need to sell my Lawrence Lee paintings!

I'll try to help.
When I was still a young man, it occurred to me that if I remained an artist for many years, at some point my greatest competition would be myself as a younger man.  I was right.  Life happens for us all: people move, people die, people divorce... stuff.  It happens.  So more and more often, now, I see my work showing up on auction websites and the like.  Often, people contact me about whether I'd be interested in acquiring one of my old paintings, or about where they might sell it--and how.  I've seen my work sold on Ebay.  One painting was (quite fortuitously) rescued from a dumpster full of trash.
So for years I have wanted to assist my collectors who for some reason find it necessary to convert one of my works into cash, and do so without doing too much damage to my continuing career.  I need to sell new paintings in order to keep painting, after all.
On these pages, I will describe some of the options you may have if you need to sell your Lee.
N.B. I do everything myself, including developing these ideas and creating this website, and it all takes time.  So please bear with me as I flesh-out the bones.

1. Work to sell your Lee through me:

If you have a Lee painting, drawing, sculpture, or print to sell, you will soon be able to list it here.  Those interested in purchasing the work will be able to contact you directly to negotiate price and terms and complete the transaction.  Lawrence Lee Art LLC will charge a small fee for advising about the work's fair market value, creating and maintaining the listing, dealing with email forwarding and, if necessary, authenticating, and (for an additional fee) photographing, and touching up the work.  Lawrence Lee Art LLC will assume no other responsibilities and make no guarantees regarding sales.

If you have a work to sell, please contact me with the specifics.


2. Try one of these Businesses:

Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery

6872 East Sunrise Drive
Suite 130
Tucson, AZ  85750
(800) 422-9382
www.medicinemangallery.com

Larsen Art Auction

3705 N. Bishop Lane
Scottsdale, AZ  85251
(480) 941-0900
www.larsenartauction.com

Richard Beau Lieu & Associates

422 West Industrial Ave
Boynton Beach, FL  33426
(561) 736-8181

fineartappraisersboyntonbeach.com/


What is it worth?

Typically, the only artwork that tends to appreciate over time is that which has become a commodity and is auctioned or otherwise traded between members of a select group of investors.  Prices paid within this world can be astronomical.  Paintings by most living artists do not appreciate much except as they may be driven by demand, and that demand is usually created by great galleries and expensive promotion; works by deceased artists may do better... or not.  In the end, a work of art is worth exactly what someone is willing to pay for it on the open market.  My work—like the work of most other artists—is subject to the whims of the market.  As my collectors have downsized or died, more and more of my work shows up on the secondary market.  And there, people are most often looking for deals.  Sometimes paintings are being auctioned due to a divorce or have passed into the hands of children and very often the owner is just looking for quick cash.  This conspires to drag down my prices even where my work is being consigned for resale in reputable galleries.  And all this puts pressure on me.  Luckily for me, there seem to be willing buyers sufficient to keep up steady demand.  If not, I’d just have to retire (again).

If you have enjoyed the company of one of my paintings for ten years (or twenty or thirty or forty), then you have made a good investment in yourself and the quality of your life.  And in my view, that should be profit enough.

What is your painting worth?.  The only way you’ll ever know for sure is to sell it.  :-)


If you want an updated value for insurance purposes, send me a photo and I’ll come up with something reasonable. Insurance values are most often “replacement” values, and with original art this is kind of a non-starter, but I do my best.

 

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