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Jivan Lee

CONSTANT / CHANGE

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Jivan Lee Constant / Change

May 31 - July 13, 2019

Railyard Arts District | 1613 Paseo de Peralta | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 | tel 505.988.3250 www.lewallengalleries.com | contact@lewallengalleries.com cover: Spring Rhythms #1 (detail), 2019, oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches


Jivan Lee: Constant / Change With a growing reputation for his masterful approach to conveying the visceral experience of the landscape, Jivan Lee’s newest work manifests his deep interest in the formations of the land around him as subject matter that is in a constant state of transformation. His remarkable talent for capturing this essence of the land is making him a leading figure of contemporary landscape painting whose work is increasingly widely collected. As the activated, painterly surfaces of his art suggest, Lee’s mode of painting enlists his whole body in its creative enterprise. Rendered in thick paint and luscious color, Lee’s extraordinary New Mexico vistas hint at a muscular exploration into the raw material of paint itself, conjoined with an unlimited passion for the land that surrounds him, which makes tangible his sense of awe at the immaterial experience of his surroundings. Painted onsite from direct observation among the great mountains, rivers, and sunsets of New Mexico, Jivan’s art is a visual testament to his close personal engagement with that land and, in particular, the way it changes from moment to moment. He delights in conveying the way light itself colors the land, and how those colors shift through different times of day and different times of year. As the seasons change, Lee pays close attention to the way time affects the land around him and how it illuminates water, brush, clouds and adobe with different coloration and degrees of light and shade. By design, Lee’s plein air practice requires him to paint the land as it transforms before him: the sunrise as it begins to illuminate the earth in the morning, or perhaps an afternoon storm as it gathers strength and then unloads or dissipates. Even beyond these momentary shifts, Lee is also concerned with the way the land exists as an accumulation of these subtle changes that take place over thousands of years: the way a river carves a valley, or in the gradual formation of forests and mountain ranges. Within Lee’s painting, the sense of activity and motion suggests that his canvases are but snapshots of the ceaseless metamorphosis of the land and encapsulate the transformations that bespeak its beauty. 2


River Bends - High Water, 2019 oil on linen, 74 x 36 inches 3


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Homeward #10 - Spring Storms from the North, 2019 oil on linen, 48 x 104 inches 5


At the Heart of it All, 2019 oil on linen, 70 x 48 inches 6


Fences #6 - Snow Out the Back Door, 2019 oil on linen, 48 x 72 inches 7


Spring Rhythms #1, 2019 oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches

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Spring Rhythms #3, 2019 oil on panel, 36 x 18 inches

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Southern Flow #2 - The View from Wings', 2019 oil on two panels, 30 x 80.5 inches

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CaĂąoncito #2, 2016 oil on panel, 30 x 40 inches 12


Between Storms, 2018 oil on panel, 40 x 30 inches


Springtime Along the Middle Way, 2019, oil on linen, 48 x 52 inches

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Southern Flow, 2019 oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches

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Fences #5 - Heavy Snow, 2018 oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

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Surface and Snow, 2019 oil on panel, 30 x 36 inches

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Homage to an Old Friend, 2019 oil on panel, 46 x 70 inches

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Momentum and Pedernal, 2014 oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches 20


May as Well Be Rain, 2019 oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches 21


Spring Near Taos, 2018 oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches 22


Storm South of Santa Fe, 2015 oil on canvas, 19 x 29 inches


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Nearing Midday in Ranchos, 2018 oil on linen, 34 x 62 inches 25


Four and a Half VIgas in the Changing Light, 2018 oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches

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Three and a Half Vigas in Late Morning, 2018 oil on panel, 16 x 12 inches


Ranchos Late Morning, 2018 oil on panel, 36 x 30 inches

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Three and a Half Vigas Near Noon, 2018 oil on panel, 16 x 12 nches

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Squall Above Taos, 2018 oil on panel, 40 x 30 inches

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Spring Rhythms #2, 2019 oil on panel, 48 x 36 inches

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Tonal Snow, 2018 oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches

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Approaching Day, 2015 oil on linen, 48 x 60 inches

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Sunset Rhythms, 2017 oil on panel, 18 x 36 inches

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Spring Rhythms #4, 2019 oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

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Santa Fe Overlook #5 - Low Sun Falling, 2016 oil on linen, 32 x 26 inches

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Structure and Fluidity, 2019, oil on two panels, 36 x 72.5 inches

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Three Vigas in the Morning, 2018 oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches 40


Six and a Quarter Vigas in the Afternoon, 2018 oil on panel, 36 x 36 inches 41


Halfway Rock Lighthouse #1, 2019 oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches

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Halfway Rock Lighthouse #2, 2016 oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches 43


Skye #1, 2019 oil on linen, 48 x 68 inches

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Jivan Lee SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

2019

Constant / Change, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2018

Leave it at the Door, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2016

“Three to Watch” Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

By the Wayside, Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

Finalist, Large Purchase Initiative, New Mexico Art in

2017

Our Land, Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

A River Runs Through, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2015

Cover Image, Southwest Art Magazine

2016

New Mexico, LewAllen Galleries, Santa Fe,

Winner, 1st 2015 Showcase, ArtSlant

NM For the Wild, Heinley Fine Arts, Taos, NM

2014

Solo Exhibition Award, 2015 Solo Series, Harwood Art

Atmosphere, Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, WY

2015

Hallowed Ground, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

Winner, 3rd, 4th, & 5th 2014 Showcases, ArtSlant

2014

Sky Above / Earth Below, Heinley Fine Arts, Taos, NM

2013

Invited Panelist, SURFACE Exhibition, Harwood Art

2013

Paint this Land, Heinley Fine Arts, Taos, NM

Introducing Jivan Lee, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2011

Recent Paintings by Jivan Lee, Milagro Gallery, Taos, NM

Fine Art Connoisseur Award, Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale

Public Places Program

Center, Albuquerque, NM

Center, Albuquerque, NM

Best of Show, 15th Annual Masterworks of New Mexico Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

PRESS

2018

Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, CO

“No Doors.” Western Art & Architecture. June/July 2018. 136 -141.

2017

New Regionalisms: Contemporary Art in the Western

“A Home that Embraces the Grey.” Colorado Homes and Lifestyles

States, McNichols Building, Denver, CO

Magazine. April 2018. 89.

Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, CO

”Review: Enjoy the Scenery at William Havu's ‘Survey’.” Westword.

2016

Survey, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

Jivan Lee and James Pringle Cook, Heinley Fine Arts, Taos, NM

“State of the Art Market.” Southwest Art. October 2017. 74 - 79.

Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, CO

“Jivan Lee: Our Land.” Western Art Collector. February 2017. 80-81.

2015

OutWest Art Show, Great Falls, MT

“A Respect for the Land.” Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine.

Great American Landscape, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT

Rhythms in Nature, Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

“Artists Making Their Mark: Jivan Lee.” Fine Art Connoisseur.

2014

Deep Forest/High Desert, Heinley Fine Arts, Taos, NM

Wandering the West, Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, WY

“Rhythms in Nature.” American Art Collector. December 2015.

Earth, Water, & Sky, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

Desert Mythos, Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

“Serenading the Land.” Southwest Art. Feb 2015. 72 -75 & Cover.

2013

Jivan Lee and Peter Campell, Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“Five-Foot Paintings of Thunderstorms, Done With a Spatula.” Plein

Under the Hill, Blumenschein Museum, Taos, NM

2012

Metro-State University of Denver, Center for Visual Art,

“Three Taos Artists under 35.” Taos News/2014 Gallery Guide. 2014.

Taos Contemporary, Denver, CO

2011

11th Annual Invitational, Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, TX

“Paint this Land: An Exhibit by Jivan Lee.” Taos News. November 7,

The NOW WOW Project, Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH

2013. “Jivan Lee in Taos.” Southwest Art. October 2013. 62.

2010

Portraits of the Sacred, Stables Gallery, Taos, NM

“Off the Walls: Taos, New Mexico.” Fine Art Connoisseur. Sept/Oct

2008

Solutions, Trillion Space, Albuquerque, NM

Michael Paglia. October 25, 2017.

December 2016. 114 - 119. January/February 2016. 47. 128 -129.

Air Today (online). July 30, 2014. 64 - 67.

2013. 108.

“Commission This!” Art Business News. Winter 2012. 34 - 37. SELECTED AWARDS & HONORS 2018

Fine Art Connoisseur Award, Coors Western Art Exhibit

“Artist Profile: Jivan Lee.” Plein Air Magazine (online). June 22, 2011. 45

“Painting on the Edge.” Plein Air Magazine. Winter 2011. 83.


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