Lee E. Wright
October 9 - November 5, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 9 from 6pm to 8pm
SAMARA Gallery is pleased to present Urban Exposure, a solo exhibition of post-contemporary paintings by Lee E. Wright. This new body of work spans the high and low lights of the past 20 years of Wright’s life—from being a homeless teenager to working for the largest financial institutions in the United States, and finally the feelings of freedom and success experienced when he realized his childhood dream of becoming an artist.
Wright’s describes his work as an anti-anti-aesthetic movement, valuing beauty and form. He specifically strives to record his own turbulent youth through a lens of beauty, using the paintbrush to conjure feelings and past experiences. Wright states, “I strive to draw the viewer to my images with surface beauty or innocence, but I want the viewer to linger and see the hidden nuances and ponder the meaning behind the beauty, which is typically a much darker view. The eyes of my subjects reveal the pain and complexity of life that is hidden by the surface.”
Lee E. Wright has exhibited in the US and abroad including Tokyo, Bogota, Madrid, Rotterdam, Los Angeles, and many venues in Houston. His work is included in many public and private collections including the George H. W. Bush Library collection. He currently lives and works in Houston, Texas.