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.
“I am trying to keep the immediacy of my emotional experience while I’m painting.”
Adams finds beauty in the earth and nature through layers of complication, chaos, and everyday labor.
“If a painting doesn’t have the right seasoning, it has to wait.”
“Rather than being attracted to artists because of their skills or sensitivity, I was always more interested in ideas and imagination.”
“I am interested in the symbols that are flooding our world, which everybody can recognize, but which have almost no meaning.”
“Artists are cultural critics — but painting is a language.”
“Twenty years ago, you wouldn’t be caught dead being called a colorist.”
“I was always good at drawing and I would get attention for it. But I wanted to be a rock star.”
“Struggle is okay, but how much struggle does one want?”
“Generosity and openness are important to me, so that the viewer is not intimidated, threatened, or belittled.”
“I don’t come from art history, and even though I’m involved in the mainstream art world, I didn’t come from this.”