ABOUT LAWRENCE LEE
Best known for his iconic shamanistic images, Lawrence W. Lee has been a professional artist for over forty years. His work is in thousands of private collections around the world as well as in the permanent collections of noted corporations and museums. Born in 1947, he has lived in Tucson, Arizona for much of his life, though he has also lived in the Guatemalan highlands and on a Caribbean island. He has written several books and has had poetry published in both national and international journals. In 2016 he collaborated with Ballet Tucson to create “Spirit Garden,” based on the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos. Since returning to studio work after a brief retirement, he has begun to mix fearlessness with experience in an attempt to imbue his figures with yet more power, and-- after a hiatus of some fifty years--he has again started to paint strikingly unique landscapes, abstracts, and non-objective works.
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.
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.