28 October 2013

Rhys Lee exhibition at JCP Studios

RHYS LEE NEW WORKS ON PAPER

PRESENTED BY JCP STUDIOS AND UTOPIAN SLUMPS

OPENING WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER 6 – 8PM, EXHIBITION 30 OCTOBER – 18 NOVEMBER 2013

AT JCP STUDIOS, 51 – 57 CUBITT ST CREMORNE

Rhys Lee’s figures come to the viewer through a dreamlike filter, unfocused and hazy around the edges, suggesting varied emotions and states of mind yet refusing to render any certainty. The images contrast strong gestures and sharply focused points with an overall washed out aesthetic. At times the dreamlike turns into the nightmarish but even here, any threat is soft and indefinite.

Though by no means are these automatist works, Lee’s gestures are not overthought, rather, they stem from the subconscious, streaming feeling and energy directly onto the paper.

Lee graduated from a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Queensland College of Art in 1997. Solo exhibitions include Drawing Wall #12, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, 2013; Still I’d See, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013; Cracked Pots, Venn Gallery, Perth, 2013; Recent Works, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, 2012; Scarecrow, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, 2011; New Work, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney, 2011; Drawings from New York and Peru, Block Projects, Melbourne, 2010; Works on Paper, Apartment #2, New York, 2008; Gaggedfix, Melbourne Art Fair, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne, 2006;Squad of Crack, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, 2004; and Squad Crack Two, Volume Gallery, New York, 2004.  Selected group exhibitions include Animal/Human, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2012;1.85 Million Art Peripheries, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, 2011; Immemorial Manilla, Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, Philippines, 2010; Beleura National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 2010; and Unnaming of Parts, Blackstone Gallery, New York, 2009. Lee was finalist in the Archibald Prize, 2012 and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, 2009. His work is held in the Artbank, United Bank of Switzerland, BHP Biliton, Sothebys and University of Queensland Art Museum collections, as well as various private collections in Australia, the USA and the UK.