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 Dick Lee  (1923 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: United Kingdom      Known for: painting and sculpture

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Every mark Dick Lee makes falls into a geometric sequence which is constructed piecemeal from a central point.  It is the presence of this geometry, together with his perfect eye for tone, that makes his work both unique and important.
Francis Hoyland, artist (British, b.1930)

"Dick Lee was older than I which made a difference.  When we met as students at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts in 1947, I was only seventeen and he had just emerged from the Navy.  He came from what was then called Southern Rhodesia and something of the space and light of Africa remained as a kind of secret treasure within him.  War must have affected him, D-day, the Mediterranean, the Far East, always in danger and always the decent, brave heroic friend I knew for well over sixty years.  He was my fellow student and my colleague as a teacherHe was certainly an artist, his independent stance in the face of trends and fashions, to which we have all been subjected, makes his work ring out with ever greater clarity and strength. It is possible to confuse the pictorial language of Dick`s paintings with others of similar subject matter and of a neo-impressionistic nature.  Others may lack the astringency he achieved and found necessary.  His work is always rigorously abstracted, the abstraction so subtle that many fail to recognise it. There is no hint of `imitation` or, in the bad sense, `illustration` in his work; the way he drew and the strength and geometrical integrity of the impulse that led him from brush stroke to brush stroke precluded any weakness of sentiment or vision. Dick explored Europe, absorbing a wide culture. He gained scholarships to Italy and to Greece and for many years he spent his summers in France. Wherever he went he looked at pictures.  The ever increasing knowledge he gained from the work of the past only strengthened his belief in his own paintings.  Many of Dick`s paintings were landscapes, he was a master of light and colour.  An important series of paintings was on the theme of Joseph Heller`s `Catch 22`, a set of twenty-five of these remain in the Collection of The Imperial War Museum.  Dick usually worked in oil but towards the end of his life he made a series of exquisite watercolours". Thoughts from Francis Hoyland - 5 July 2014

" .. and to see Lee`s broad consummately assured handling of surface and image, the paint rich, the stroke so simple and abstract in itself yet so wonderfully evocative in its context and conjunction - is to know that here is painting so relevant to the moment as any Baselitz or de Kooning"\" William Packer - Financial Times 1995.

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