Mindful Sojourner: The Art of Leroy Lee


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NanHai Art presents:

Mindful Sojourner: The Art of Leroy Lee  


A solo exhibition curated by Professor An-yi Pan, Cornell University

Artist Talk: June 6th, 2015 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Opening Reception: June 6th, 2015 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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Exhibition Dates: June 6th - July 11th, 2015


May 13, 2015 (San Francisco, CA) - NanHai Art is pleased to present Mindful Sojourner: The Art of Leroy Lee, a solo exhibition of 11 abstract paintings by the Taiwan-born and Los Angeles-based artist. The exhibition is curated by Professor An-yi Pan of Cornell University and marks the artist’s first U.S. exhibition in two years, as his last three shows were in Paris, London and Taipei. NanHai Art (520 Broadway, Millbrae, CA) will host an artist talk on June 6th in the upstairs lecture hall at 2 p.m., followed by an opening reception beginning at 3 p.m. in the main exhibition hall.


Lee’s works are a manifestation of his perpetual exploration of the Eastern metaphysical spirit, with Daoism, Confucianism and Western philosophy at the heart of his practice. The artist considers his work both Chinese and Western, rising above dichotomous categorizations to, as he states, “reflect another philosophical level, which is formless and immense.”


Mindful Sojourner differs from Lee’s previous works in his use of more subdued earth tones as an attempt to closer link man with nature. In his painting Mindscape (2015), Lee uses hues of brown, orange, gray and white to create a vision reminiscent of both landscapes and cosmic imagery. Lee strongly believes in a universal connection between mankind and nature, and has begun using these classical earth tones in recent years to lead viewers toward the Daoist concept of fanpu quizhen–a return to simplicity and truth.


Explaining his transition away from stronger color contrasts, Lee states, “I have accumulated a lot of experience with layering colors.  It’s about time to let it go, to return to nature. This is something that I have felt deeply in recent years, which I had not considered when I became an artist.”


Stillness and motion are also important elements in Lee’s work. He sees them as forms of existence for all things in the universe, as they vacillate between extreme contrast and harmonious balance. These elements are especially evident in Concerto (2014) in which strokes of blue and black radiate from the focal point of the painting, indicating motion, but stop short of two corners of the canvas that remain pure white, alluding to stillness.  


In questioning these concepts of stillness and motion, Lee creates a dynamic that challenges viewers to consider the static medium of paintings in terms of the kinetic motion integral to their creation. As curator An-yi Pan explains, “Like a musician, Leroy Lee communicates with his audience, and through abstract imagery he generates a shared psychological response.”


About the Artist

Born in 1969 in Taiwan, Leroy Lee received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Oil Painting Specialization in 1993 from Taiwan-Chinese Culture University, and also pursued art and design at the University of California Riverside in 1997. Subsequently he studied with world renowned artist and teacher of classical painting, David Leffel. Currently he lives and works in Los Angeles. Lee has had numerous exhibitions worldwide, and most recently, he was invited to exhibit at Salon d'Automne, Grand Palais, in Paris. He was also recognized in the London International Creative Competition (LICC) in 2012. In the U.S., his work has been seen at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art in Georgia and Segerstrom Center for the Arts in California. 


About the Curator

An-yi Pan researches Buddhist Art with special interest in the relationship between Chinese intellectual participation in Buddhism and Buddhist painting. Pan also studies Buddhist architecture in relation to precepts, liturgical and spiritual spaces, and transcontinental blossoming of Buddhist teachings and art. He further devotes research to modern Chinese art and contemporary Taiwanese art, investigating the impact of colonialism and current geopolitical influence on Chinese and Taiwanese art from the late 19th century to modern day.


About NanHai Art

Founded in San Francisco in 1986, NanHai Art is presently located in Millbrae, California, providing easy access for the Greater Bay Area art community. NanHai Art focuses on introducing major artworks by contemporary Chinese artists that reflect the unique aesthetics of Chinese art while transcending cultural and artistic boundaries with a contemporary sensibility.


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