August 24th - September 29th
Lawrence Lee: INTO THE LIGHT
Michael Bise: Life and Death
"I have a lot of fun...creating creatures and worlds in which I can inject recognizable objects and situations as well as the strange and very exotic"
-- Lawrence Lee
The Galveston Arts Center proudly presents the work of two contemporary artists. Michael Bise's "Life and Death," a selection of new and previously unexhibited drawings created within the last five years of the artist's career. Bise is known for creating large scale graphite drawings that depict family life, and often reflecting personal experiences. The autobiographical drawings in "Life and Death" deal with cultural realities, personal memories and hurdles.
Lawrence Lee's "Into the Light" marks Lee's first solo exhibit since the highly regarded "Beautiful Son" held at Houston's Moody Gallery in 2011. Steve Carter of Modern Luxury Dallas Magazine states "Lee's drawings inspire an American revelation...Lee creates an alternative universe populated with racial archetypes, icons, and grotesques, as well as an ark's-worth of animals, foreign, domestic, and fantastic."
The exhibition will open during the August 24th ArtWalk and will remain on view through September 29, 2013. Curator Clint Willour will lead a gallery talk with both artists beginning at 6:30 pm during ArtWalk. The event is free and open to the public.
Michael Bise received a BFA in drawing and painting at the University of North Texas in 2001, and an MFA at the University of Houston in 2005. In 2012, Bise received the Hunting Art Prize and was nominated for the Texas Contemporary Award. His work appears in the public collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Piggozi Collection in New York. Bise currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.
Lawrence Lee received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Rohrer Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California and the Clementine Gallery in New York. Lee's work is also part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.