Lee Lessem – Toronto, Canada
Born on a farm in Africa and surrounded by the majesty of natural beauty, painting has always been an excellent medium for me to test the tension between the real and the abstract – what we perceive and that which truly exists.
My Toronto studio is located high above one of the most glorious parks in Ontario and I wake every day to the magnificence of nature at its best.
I am an abstract painter – constantly excited by everything that we see but most often don’t notice.
There is a delicate balance between fluidity and structure, softness and vitality, transparency and solidity, mystery and clarity in my art.
To paraphrase Cicero: “man not so much creates as discovers and rediscovers”
I hope to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them and to discover beauty in extraordinary places.
My abstract paintings give the observer the freedom of interpretation and it is my hope that my work affords the viewer an experience as unique as they are.