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Herring Lee | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

  • Herring Lee | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

Herring Lee

  • United Kingdom
  • Painter
I love working on large scale projects; stretching physical and painterly boundaries.
Lee was born and raised in a port city in northeast England. He was attracted to the arts at an early age. At eighteen, he studied Fine Arts at the University of Chester. During his training, his teachers encouraged him to excel and push himself. In 2008, Lee graduated with honours and returned to his hometown where he began his artistic career. He worked tirelessly in search of his own artistic language, building his canvases and trying many different techniques. But an event in his life took him away from his passion for some time. Back in Chester, he returned to painting and settled in a quiet studio in the countryside. His compositions follow the rhythm of the seasons. He exhibited solo for the first time in 2009. Through his work, Lee does not want to recreate reality, but a feeling, a thought or a sensation. Joyful and spontaneous, his landscapes offer the spectator an explosion of coloured material.
While his artistic influences have followed the evolution of his style, Lee appreciates artists such as Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter and Alexis Harding. Lee uses an original mix of oil, varnish and acrylic. He uses a spatula and knife to create substance and give the painting a special energy and depth. The colour is scratched in places, revealing the background through transparency. The artist thickens the foreground of his compositions by overlapping layers of paint and adding plaster and splatters. Accidental or deliberate, each spot is involved in the overall harmony. The artist paints from memory landscapes observed during his travels through England. By using a fleeting memory, he can focus on a more abstract and expressive approach to the subject.

Currently this artist is only exhibited in our online gallery.

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  • 2013
    First collaboration with Carré d'artistes
    Carré d’artistes, France
  • 2012
    Participation in the Manchester Buy Art Fair
    Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 2008
    Exhibition at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1987
    Birth
    Sunderland, United Kingdom
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