"My fascination with the interdependence of the diminutive
and the colossal has been the dominating theme in my work for many years. The similarities between a
micro crystal growing in a pool of water and a subterranean
landscape the size of a football field are wondrous things,
this is what I try to manifest in my work. There is a
certain coziness in naivety, soothing that you don't have
to understand everything, just be an observer."
Willis Lee was born in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1948. Since beginning his photographic career in 1971, his work has been included in over one hundred exhibitions. He is widely know for his portfolios in copperplate photogravure and large scale photography. Lee has always been a visual explorer, pushing the envelope of contemporary printmaking. During his career he has acted as educator, lecturer, curator and publisher.
2013: Cantanker/Big Medium Gallery, Austin, Texas, "The End"
2012: Golden West College Fine Art Gallery,Huntington Beach, CA. "Pressing the Limits"
2011: Artspace at [Untitled], Oklahoma City, "The Print".
2010: New Finds Gallery, Singapore, "Still".
2009: ArtSingapore 2009: Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas. "High Modernism: Alfred Stieglitz and His Legacy".
2009: Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Colorado. "Pressing the Limits".
2009: Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. "Pressing the Limits".
2008: Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, Texas. "Willis Lee-Photography As The Minds Eye". 2007: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Houston Wilderness : A Collaboration".
2004: Verve Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. "Subjacent".
2004: Poissant Gallery, Houston, Texas. "Three Photographers".
2004: Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas. "Masterworks of American Photography".
2004: Rendon Fine Art, San Antonio,Texas.
2003: EVO Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. "Ephemeral".
2002: Museum of Printing History, Houston, Texas. "Photogravures by Willis Lee".
2002: EVO Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. "Wrapped".
2002: Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, Connecticut. "Bouquet".
2001: Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California. "Contemporary Photogravure".
2001: Pure Land Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. "New Work".
2000: Texas Street Gallery, Marfa, Texas. "Constructed Realities".
2000: Mayans Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. "Permanent Impressions".
1998: John Stevenson Gallery, New York. "Flowers".
1998: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Recent Acquisitions 97-98".
1997: Hand Graphics Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. "Observations". 1997: Judy Yuens Gallery, Houston, Texas.
1996: Dutch Phillips Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
1996: Swanson/Cralle Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky.
1995: I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena, California. 1994: Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, Oregon.
1993: Pepper Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.
1993: CAFÉ Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1991: The Hallmark Fine Art Collection, Kansas City, Missouri. "1991 Acquisitions".
1991: Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
1990: Caroline Lee Gallery, Taos, New Mexico. "Black and White Works by Important Contemporary Artists".
1989: Marlboro Art Gallery, Prince George"s Community College, Largo, Maryland.
1988: Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. "Photographic Works".
1985: Dallas Museum of Natural History. "Solitario: A Desert Portrait".
1984: Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, Texas. "Perspectives".
1971-1984: Pictorial Services, San Antonio, Texas
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, Texas Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico Museum of Printing History, Houston, Texas Barclays United Parcel Service Hallmark Fine Art Collection Mt. Siani Medical Service IMF Presbyterian Medical Services NASDAQ Banana Republic
Novaris Consumer Health, Inc.
Santa Fe Community College
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