Saturday, August 23, 2014

Eddy Lee's artwork will take your breath away

The artist Eddy Lee
On August 16, 2014, I attended the 626 Night Market in Arcadia, California; and I stumbled upon the booth of artist Eddy Lee, who currently lives in Los Angeles but who originally hailed from Washington state. I was blown away by the beautiful, effervescent and dreamlike images of women he created, and I wanted to learn more about him.

Lee lists his artistic influences as David Choe, Audrey Kawasaki, Basquiat, Egon Schiele, Jim Lee, Michelangelo, Carravaggio, and Bernini. After receiving a BFA in studio art from the University of Washington with an Art History minor, he had a brief stint working in graphic design doing band posters and various projects for the indie music scene up in Seattle. He later made his way to Los Angeles. During the summer, he sets up on the Venice Beach boardwalk as well as various events in Southern California such as the 626 Nightmarket and DTLA artwalk. In the fall and winter, he usually paints in the studio working on commission requests or ambitious large projects.


Courtesy of Eddy Lee's Instagram
In addition to setting up his work at public arenas, Lee also showcases his art on Instagram. "I feel the best possible way you can help yourself as an artist is simply take that risk and put yourself out there" Lee said. "Artists are the most critical of their own work. By putting yourself out there you learn from the feedback, if what you're doing is moving in the right direction or not. It's scary at first because you are opening yourself up to be criticized and judged, but all that is crucial and necessary for growth. It also helps you interact with people as most creative types tend to be socially awkward. If a gallery takes you in, awesome. If not, find an event, an art fair, artwalk, sidewalk, anywhere you can find. Just get the work your work out there."
Courtesy of Eddy Lee's Instagram
Lee is fortunate enough to be a full time artist, and with this blessing also comes the responsibility of constantly working  instead of just waiting around for inspiration.

"Being a full-time fine artist doesn't afford me the luxury of sitting around waiting for inspiration," Lee said. "I find inspiration from simply getting up each day and doing the work, even when I'm not feeling anything creatively. Some of my most gratifying works were done on days where I didn't want to paint. In that sense you do have to treat it like a 9 to 5 job, it requires that kind of discipline. It does take a lot of work but at the end of the day it's a charmed life, I do what I'm most passionate about for a living and I do it on my own terms."
Courtesy of Eddy Lee's Instagram
Lee's next project is work that he will showcase at the upcoming 626 Night Market which will occur in September. He will also be showing at a Downtown Los Angeles event called "Pancakes and Booze."

"I'm always up for helping other aspiring artists in whatever way I can," Lee said. For anyone who would like to reach him in regards to art work or advice, he can be reached at eddyleeart@gmail.com

For more information, check out Eddy's website, Instagram, and Facebook

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