Friday, July 1, 2011



JULY 9 - AUGUST 6, 2011

Moody Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Beautiful Son, featuring new work by Lawrence Lee. This marks Lee's first solo exhibition with Moody Gallery and is in conjunction with the 2011 ArtHouston event. Beautiful Son consists of nearly twenty drawings ranging in size from four feet square to eighteen inches square, which are made with gouache and ink on tea-stained paper. Lee states, "Currently, the work follows the story of a kidnapped prince who is made the slave of a wealthy family. But metaphorically, it is a story about perceived truth and about self-compared to actual truth. So the characters represent what we think about ourselves and what we internalize as truth about ourselves and juxtaposes that to who we really are and were meant to be and how so few know this truth. I have a lot fun of creating peripheral characters and tangent stories and its fun creating creatures and worlds in which I can inject recognizable objects and situations as well as the strange and very exotic. I am constantly scanning the airwaves of my life in search of interesting thoughts and moments I can weave into my ever-growing narrative".

Steve Carter, of Modern Luxury Dallas Magazine writes "Lawrence Lee's drawings inspire an American revelation...Lee creates an alternate universe populated with racial archetypes, icons and grotesques, as well as an ark's-worth of animals, foreign, domestic and fantastic."

Coast Magazine, based in Santa Ana, California describes Lee's work as "...a carnival-like swirl of vivid visual imagery, toned in hues of days gone past and reminiscent of the subconscious world of fantasies and dreams."

Lawrence Lee received his Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Rohrer Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California in 2008 as well as Clementine Gallery, New York, New York, who also included his work in the NADA Art Fair, both in 2007. He is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas, Texas and has had three exhibitions with the gallery since 2006. His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY; Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY; the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas; Plush Gallery, Dallas, Texas; and the University of Arkansas Gallery, Little Rock, Arkansas. Lee's work is also part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.

Beautiful Son will be on view at Moody Gallery from July 9 through August 6, 2011. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, July 9 from 6-8 pm.

MOODY GALLERY 2815 Colquitt Houston, TX 77098
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri 10:30-5:00, Sat 11:00-5:00

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