L E E B R O C K
My family is from a very small town in Northwest Texas. As a teenager, I lived in Europe soaking in history, artwork, and culture through schooling and personal adventures. Upon returning to the US I continued my art education for a few years, however, I decided to have a culinary career and made art with food for 25 years. In 2013 I graduated with high honors from the Broward College Graphic Design Technology program in Fort Lauderdale. My artwork has been shown in museums, art associations, and galleries in Provincetown, MA, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, FL.
I am fascinated by the two ways humans use line, shape, and color to communicate. One is to build precise, measured alphabets and symbols to codify our verbal languages. The other is the primal, spontaneous use of line, shape, and color by artists creating non-objective art. I have been exploring this abstract expression for years using many mediums and processes. Recently I added digital “painting” to my repertoire. As an artist who has always worked quickly, I find this new media exciting and satisfying. I am presenting these new media, limited edition prints on several substrates including high gloss white aluminum.
Tell us more about your work:
I started to think of myself as an artist when I was a kid. I had a natural talent to draw realistically but soon I discovered abstract, automatic artwork. I was hooked. I love to travel, to see new things and this automatic and non-representational art excited me like exploring a new place. This artistic process entertains me but more importantly, the process centers me and calms me down – like being thrown into a washing machine – bumpy along the way but cleaner when finished.
What is something you had to put off because of the pandemic that you have recently done or is on your list to do soon?
I was just getting into a nice rhythm and being comfortable showing my work in South Florida. I can be a bit shy so getting back into a positive space will be good.
What does your art future hold for you?
I always have a few types of artwork that I do. I think each style I work in has a particular place or space that it fits into. For my OFF THE WALL Artist Showcase I am thinking of collectors in places like South Florida or Palm Springs where there is often a modern, pop sensibility. For these collectors, I have a fun, bold collection of digitally created images available in limited editions. This collection is my nod to Mid-Century Modern. With today’s digital printing processes it is almost limitless how these images can be enjoyed. (A note to the designers out there: many of the images can have custom color themes applied.)
How do you keep motivated:
I don’t need to be motivated to make art, I just need to make it.
Name a famous artist that inspires you and one not yet famous artist you would like the readers to know about.
Old school: Richard Pousette-Dart paintings from the 1930s and 40s.
Contemporary: look for baileybobbailey8 on Instagram.
Is there a current or upcoming show or exhibit you want to let people know about?
I am very happy to announce I have mono-prints at The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA again after a few years off. In Fort Lauderdale, I have worked at the GalleryONE Hotel on Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale FL and at the South Florida Symphony office in Wilton Manors, FL.
What inspires you to be an artist and what inspiration can you pass on to others?
For me, visual art is a way to explore myself and my place in the world. The next part is to share what I have created. This is not always easy, that is what I want to pass on, but it should be a positive learning process in the end and you should do it.
How are you giving back to your community?
Sometimes I help my friend Frank Polanco with his Art13 projects in Fort Lauderdale. I have painted two Broward County Little Free Library boxes. I look forward to working more with Frank and with the county.
Let’s end with a fun fact about you.
I made some of the very first gay/lesbian wedding cakes on Cape Cod in 2004.
Anything else you would like to include?
I want to thank my life partner Sue and all of my friends for their love and support. Cheers!
The works featured here are available for purchase directly through the Artist. The Artist makes 100% of the profit from the sale of the artwork, so this is a great time to support them while enhancing your art collection. The artist will directly pack and ship the product to you.
All works are original and signed by the artist!
For more information on these featured artworks email: Lee at [email protected]
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