“As an artist and avid hiker, I find that my sojourns into nature are converted into allegorical images when I return to my studio. Images that reflect the way experiencing life has embedded itself in my senses and every sinew of my being. Thus, both my painting and photography explore the edges of philosophical longing. I strive to make them meditative and soulful… modern, yet somehow ancient… universal in expression, yet deeply introspective… with an inner strength that is often wrapped in dreaminess.”
Lee Musgrave’s art has been featured in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and he has been honored with an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work is in the Washington Arts Commission, Art In Public Places Collection and the City of Portland (OR), Portable Works Collection as well as in numerous private collections (click Exhibition History & Related Bio for more info).
Lee and his wife, Heidi, live near White Salmon, Washington. His studio has lots of hiking trails nearby. “Time, memory and the joy of visual discovery are the central motifs of my work. They are my muse and provide boundless inspiration. I am intuitively compelled to explore how life and the universe are continuously defined by them,” states the artist.
Lee’s art is not only concerned with how we relate to time, memory and visual discovery, but how we are inseparable from them. Working with both semi-representational and abstract expressionist images, it is this broader conversation that keeps evolving in his thoughts and artwork.
He has bilingual fluency in painting and photography and the evolution of his art has advanced through a sequence of “Series” in both mediums. Though his visual conclusions vary, his social and aesthetic core holds steady in each Series. Rich in terms of reference, he favors spontaneity with a blend of insightful expressionism. Presented in Paintings/Drawings, in reverse chronological order, is an overview of some of those Series and a sampling of his most recent photography series’ are on the Photography page.
A monthly log of his art activities can be viewed by clicking on In Studio above and be sure to find out about Lee’s debut as author of BRUSHED OFF, a murder mystery novel set within the art community of Los Angeles… just click on Book Debut above.
There are many more images available from each Series than are shown throughout this site. Should you wish further information about an individual painting or photograph… or should you desire to view more works from a particular Series just send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
His work can also be seen on Instagram: leemusgrave_art and lensculture.com.