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J.L. Brown 
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Bold, vivid colors and dramatic compositions distinguish Jimmy Lee's art.

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 Carolina. 

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 life."

Astute collectors and an appreciative public have propelled Jimmy Lee to his place as one of the leading artists of the Southwest.


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