Despite the fact that Lees works on paintings for as long as 30 years, they don’t appear overly precious. Instead, they seem human and vulnerable.
Jennifer Samet, Ph.D. is a New York-based art historian, curator, and writer. She completed her dissertation at the CUNY Graduate Center on Painterly Representation in New York: 1945-1975. She has lectured at universities across the country on the subject of “The Role of Empathy in Art.” She curated major historical exhibitions on Jane Street Group, the history of the New York Studio School, and “Reconfiguring the New York School.” She is particularly interested in the voice of the artist, and has published numerous interviews with painters. (@jensamet)
Beer With a Painter: Janice Nowinski
“I am trying to keep the immediacy of my emotional experience while I’m painting.”
Beer With a Painter: Pat Adams
Adams finds beauty in the earth and nature through layers of complication, chaos, and everyday labor.
Beer With a Painter: Clare Grill
“If a painting doesn’t have the right seasoning, it has to wait.”
Beer With a Painter: Mernet Larsen
“Rather than being attracted to artists because of their skills or sensitivity, I was always more interested in ideas and imagination.”
Beer With a Painter: Chie Fueki
“I am interested in the symbols that are flooding our world, which everybody can recognize, but which have almost no meaning.”
Beer With a Painter: Lisa Corinne Davis
“Artists are cultural critics — but painting is a language.”
Beer with a Painter: Suzan Frecon
The content is the paint.
Beer with a Painter: Dan Walsh
“Twenty years ago, you wouldn’t be caught dead being called a colorist.”
Beer with a Painter: Dan Douke
“I was always good at drawing and I would get attention for it. But I wanted to be a rock star.”
Beer With a Painter: Roger Herman
“Struggle is okay, but how much struggle does one want?”
Beer With a Painter: Judy Pfaff
“Generosity and openness are important to me, so that the viewer is not intimidated, threatened, or belittled.”