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Allentown, PA (October 2, 2007) - Painter John Lee will display a selection of his works in a new exhibit entitled "Tunnel Vision" in the Tompkins Gallery at Cedar Crest College.  The exhibit runs from October 29 - December 7, 2007 with an artist talk and reception on October 30th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The show will feature approximately twelve oil paintings created primarily in the last two years.  The works depict interiors and interior spaces that were created working from life and painting directly in front of the motif.

"I have titled this show 'Tunnel Vision' for two reasons," says Lee.  "For one, I have been making some recent paintings underground in Suburban Station in Philadelphia.  Secondly, I have been attempting to consciously distill my interests as a painter.  While contemplating my past work, personal visual interests and painters of interest, I have been asking: 'What has truly been my interest'"

Lee notes that the subject matter of the paintings in this exhibit was inspired by his natural interest in the color and light found in darker spaces, weathered walls, discolored wall paint, rust, and the color created by both natural and man-made light sources.  As an artist, Lee's process in painting the subject is defined mainly by finding the right color and composition that will express the space, mood and attitude of the space.

"My goal is to paint these experiences to create some sort of mood," says Lee.  "I am also very interested in the process of making a painting.  I believe that, for painters, the road to self-discovery lies in immersing oneself in the technical aspects - how one creates a painting, finding their pace."

John Lee received his M.F.A in painting from the University of Indiana, Bloomington.  He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Philadelphia and New York, among other cities.  Lee currently teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington, DE.

John Lee
Scarlet A," Oil on linen, 40x30


The exhibit will run from October 29, 2007 through December 7, 2007 and is free and open to the public.  The Tompkins Gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact Brian Wiggins, gallery coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3469.


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