11.03.2011

solo exhibit: peripheral


this is the write-up for my artist statement n bio for my show in nov. 




PERIPHERAL : FEATURING WORK BY SOPHIE LEE







November 3, 2011 6:00pm - November 29, 2011 5:00pm
Pearl Gallery & Framing 1017 NW Davis St. Portland, OR 97209
Pearl Gallery & Framing is very pleased to host
Peripheral, an exhibition of the work of Sophie
Lee. Painting calligraphic-style, incorporating
pods and seeds from the natural world into her
work, she expresses in simple strokes a life
both optimistic and rooted in a long cultural
history, with composition intended to remove
the clutter and offer a sweeping line of focus.
Lee directs our attention to details that are all too easy to overlook.

This show is a collection of Sophie Lee's exquisite paintings based on her Peripheral series and includes original acrylic paintings on glass, acrylic paintings on canvas, original ink drawings and a unique media of natural elements (seeds and pods) curated into shadow-boxes and embellished with acrylic paint on glass. Captured life-cycles combined with perfect brushstrokes are simple yet mind-bogglingly magnificent works of art. You won't be able to buy just one, or will you?
Sophie Lee's first solo exhibit: l'arabesque 2007 was held in Taipei, Taiwan, where she was born. She is a world traveler who first studied design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, a private college in Los Angeles dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment Industries. Lee then focused on fine arts at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and upon graduation moved to New York where she spent several years designing book covers for St. Martin's Press.
Through an exploration of the natural environment, Peripheral captures the perfection of botanical life. With a keen focus on our environment, Lee reveals eternity in the world around us. Many of the natural elements she chooses to encapsulate are common in the Fall season, when trees and most plants shed their coats in the rain and chill of the air. These elements imply a cycle of renewal. Her brushstrokes represent a sweeping line of time for us to appreciate, if we only can cast our eyes to see and take in what surrounds us.
Stop by opening night November 3rd and sample some Deschutes Beer and meet the artist. Show runs through the month of November.

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