"Winter Shelter (Gray Partridges)"
Wee Lee, "Winter Shelter (Gray Partridges)," 2003, acrylic on silk, 24" x 36".
By Jill Sawyer
There aren’t many parks in Western Canada that Wee Lee hasn’t visited. From Riding Mountain in Manitoba to Jasper National Park in Alberta, he has spent much of his time as an artist travelling to places where nature inspires him. Lee’s specialty is a mix of Asian brushwork and traditional western landscape, a combination that gives him a recognizable style. His training as an artist came at the Oriental Art School in Saigon before he emigrated to Regina 25 years ago. In 1984, he began painting professionally. Lee produces canvases that focus on the details in nature – delicate branches, flowers and birds. In the background, he often paints hints of city environments, many of them from around Regina. His most recent work has been inspired by the landscapes of Saskatchewan’s cities and parks. With work in collections including those of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the City of Regina and the University of South Dakota, Regina’s Assiniboia Gallery presents an exhibition of his work April 3 to 28, 2004.