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Evan Lee
Full Circle

September 19 to November 2, 2019

Monte Clark Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Evan Lee. Full Circle includes figurative oil paintings that are derived from the artist’s original photography, displayed alongside photographs printed on canvas.

Known as an artist who works in a wide range of media, Evan Lee has been particularly interested in the space between painting and photography. In past projects such the Forest Fire, Flashers and Black Blot/Black Bloc series, Lee improvises with imaging technologies and traditional techniques to create photo-painting hybrids that defy categorization. With his Fugazi and Ginseng Root series as well as his Migrant Ship Re-Creation Project, Lee explores ways to activate the non-rational in photography through his use of lensless and appropriated images. In his new work, digital artifacts and jpegs from the artist’s own photographs are translated into paint and pigment.

In Full Circle, Lee uses technology to invoke the poetic, exploring the people and places of his Vancouver home as subject. In stark contrast to the unexpected colour and surface of the oil paintings, the large photographs printed on canvas are simply enlarged and not altered in any way. Speaking plainly, they reveal the true nature of photographic depiction while simultaneously reflecting on it. Together, these works continue Evan Lee’s exploration of pictorial possibilities.

Evan Lee lives and works in Vancouver, BC Canada. He has exhibited in numerous museums and institutions including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Surrey Art Gallery, the Richmond Art Gallery, the Confederation Centre for the Arts, the Liu Hai Su Art Museum, and at the Winnipeg Art Gallery as a Sobey Award Finalist in 2014. His current solo exhibition Fugazi is on view at the Teck Gallery (SFU Galleries) through April 2020. Lee’s work has been published in Canadian Art Magazine, Art on Paper, Border Crossings, Flash Art, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and numerous other publications.

Evan Lee
Full Circle
Installation View
2019

Evan Lee
Pet Shop
2018
Oil paint, pigment and pastel on canvas
20.5 x 16.5 inches

Evan Lee
Hole in Glass
2019
Photograph printed on canvas
38 x 38 inches

Evan Lee
Men Walking with Tools
2019
Oil paint, pigment and pastel on canvas
65.6 x 42.875 inches

Evan Lee
Window Washed
2019
Oil paint, pigment and pastel on canvas
65.5 x 43.125 inches

Evan Lee
In the Neighbour’s Garden
2019
Photograph printed on canvas
46.375 x 36 inches

Evan Lee
Women with Umbrellas in the Sun
2019
Oil paint, pigment and pastel on canvas
37 x 27.25 inches