John Lees

29 Mar 2018 – 6 May 2018

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The artist will be present for an opening reception on Wednesday, April 4th, 6 – 8PM.

Betty Cuningham Gallery

New York
New York, United States


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Betty Cuningham Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by John Lees. This will be the artist’s fifth solo show at the Gallery, located at 15 Rivington Street.


The exhibition is comprised of 20 paintings (the largest of which, Ghost Trio, is 20 x 20 inches) and 6 drawings, all recently completed. Characteristically, Lees spends years working and reworking his paintings and drawings, often leaving a written diary on the front or back of the work as a physical reminder of the time spent. In these recent paintings and drawings, Lees sands down the surface, incorporates brighter color and introduces a more complex narrative into his work. He no longer concentrates on a single image: a person, a hill, a stream or his childhood home. In Trio, there are three figures all in different states of (un)dress, one in the shower, one wrapped in a towel and the other fully dressed.  Similarly, in Lunar Chorine – a subject repeated in several works – there is a conversation going on between the figures: a female figure in a dancing costume dominates, while a large man hides in the shadows. The players are anonymous and the narratives ambiguous, but, characteristic to Lees, all are drawn from an experience buried deep in his subconscious.   

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