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Patrick Lee

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Patrick Lee, American painter, b. 1972.

Patrick Lee takes a unique creative approach to making paintings in the studio and en plein air. He draws heavily on intuition and imagination to develop an image, often altering the drawing, color, and spatial relationships to create a mood and express a feeling about the subject. This often leads to strong elements of abstraction and suggestion in his work, rather than explicit detail. This gives the viewer an opportunity to connect with each piece in their own way, inviting them to let their own imaginations make personal associations and connections.

I watched Patrick Lee paint during a quick draw in 2016, and bumped into him later as he was loading his car. I took the opportunity to share my admiration for his work, which is looser and edgier than what I was comfortable with as a collector at that time. I have since assumed ownership of South Street Art Gallery in Easton, MD, and Patrick was the first new artist I invited to join the gallery. Seeing his work, collecting his work, following his career for the last couple of years, has changed my perceptions about art. Patrick is always pushing his boundaries and I’m excited to see new work he shares on social media.

Patrick Lee Fine Art Painter

Bachelor of Fine Arts  |  Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1996

Selected Exhibitions & Competitions


Solo Exhibition:  Interior Light  |  Church Street Gallery


Trust the Process Exhibition  |  Gallery222 Malvern
Life Drawing Exhibition  |  Panza Gallery

Cape Ann Plein Air Festival  |  Gloucester, MA  Third Place Award
Bath County Plein Air Festival  |  Hot Springs, VA  Best in Show Award
Plein Air Easton  |  Easton, MD  Best Figurative Painting in a Landscape Award
Wayne Plein Air Festival  |  Wayne, PA  MAPAPA Award


Solo Exhibition:  Excursions  |  Wayne Art Center
2 x 2: Works in Different Mediums  |  South Street Art Gallery
Painter’s Paintings  |  Crystal Moll Gallery

Bath County Plein Air Festival  |  Hot Springs, VA  Best Architectural Award
Solomons Plein Air Festival  |  Solomons, MD  Second Place Award
Plein Air Easton  |  Easton, MD  Artists’ Choice Award – Paint Oxford Day
Wayne Plein Air Festival  |  Wayne, PA  Best in Show Award


Being: The State of Existing  |  Jask Gallery
Life Drawing Exhibit  |  Panza Gallery
Satellite Exhibition  |  Stanek Gallery
En Plein Air  |  Jask Gallery

Cape Ann Plein Air  |  Cape Ann, MA
Solomons Plein Air Festival  |  Solomons, MD  Third Place Award
Door County Plein Air Festival  |  Fish Creek, WI
Plein Air Easton  |  Easton, MD
Easels in Frederick  |  Frederick, MD  Winner of Best Architectual Painting, Quick Draw Competition,
and Artists’ Choice Award (shared)
Finger Lakes Plein Air  |  Canandaigua, NY
Wayne Plein Air Festival  |  Wayne, PA  Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA) Award


Solomons Plein Air Festival  |  Solomons, MD Grand Prize Award, and First Place – Sunset Quick Draw
Wayne Plein Air Festival  |  Wayne, PA  Honorable Mention


Artist-In-Residence  |  Ross Mountain Club, Ligonier, PA


Plein Air Easton  |  Easton, MD
Plein Air Mt. Lebanon  |  Mt Lebanon, PA  Grand Prize Award


Art of the State  |  The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Plein Air Mt. Lebanon  |  Mt Lebanon, PA  Second Place Award


2 X 20 Invitational Exhibition  |  St. Vincent Archabbey and College
Solo Exhibition:  In the Landscape  |  The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts
Solo Exhibition:  Into the Light  |  Panza Gallery


Art of the State  |  The State Museum of Pennsylvania
The Westmoreland Juried Biennial  |  Westmoreland Museum of American Art


Solo Exhibition & Guest Artist Lecture  |  Community College of Allegheny County
Hoyt Mid-Atlantic Juried Art Exhibition  |  The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts  Best in Show Award
Annual National Juried Show: 73rd National Midyear Exhibition  |  The Butler Institute of American Art
Original Works by Pittsburgh Artists  |  Gallery in the Square
Three Point Perspective: Paintings by Patrick Lee, Mark McLaughlin, and Gloria Dufresne  |  Panza Gallery
Size Matters  |  The Framery


Solo Exhibition:  The Art of Patrick Lee  |  Matthews Arts
The Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition  |  St. Vincent Gallery  Honorable Mention
Artists and Models of 2008  |  Panza Gallery
Versatile Visions, Paintings by Patrick Lee & Bill Pfahl  |  Panza Gallery


Annual Spring Salon  |  ModernFormations Gallery


The Westmoreland Juried Biennial  |  Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Annual Juried Art Competition  |  Breckenridge Fine Arts Center

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