Bold, vivid colors and dramatic compositions distinguish Jimmy Lee'sart.
Jimmy Lee's commitment to being an artist began at the age of
seven. Born in Houston, Texas, in 1952, he grew up in the
Southeast and studied at the Greenville County Museum of Art in South
Jimmy Lee feels fortunate to be an artist. "I love to
communicate with pictures. For me, painting is an extension of
communication that goes beyond words."
Since childhood, Jimmy Lee has studied Indians and their
culture. He is especially intrigued by the adventurous spirit and
nomadic lifestyle of the Plains Indians. These Indians often
illustrated their history in ledger books. Their drawings, done
with colored pencils, trade inks and crayons, depicted important events
in their lives - battles, hunts and ceremonies.
"I am drawn to the designs, color and symbolism of Indian
art. I appreciate their simple, direct perspective."
Ledger drawings were done in a flat, pictographic style with little or
no use of perspective. Early drawings were very simple, featuring
stick figures. Later, a more detailed style illustrating clothing,
ornamentation and weapons was developed.
"Personally, I find these works extremely exciting. What
excites me most as an artist is form, color and movement."
The unique combination of these elements make Jimmy Lee's work fresh and
exciting - full of action and life.
Talent and dedication are clearly evident in every brushstroke of
Jimmy's pieces. "Painting is the core experience of my
Astute collectors and an appreciative public have propelled Jimmy
Lee to his place as one of the leading artists of the Southwest.