Thu, 20 Oct 2016 — Sat, 26 Nov 2016
Themes of idolatry, reverence, power and wealth are explored in Nielsen’s ‘Commanding Heights’, which is a series of contemporary painted portraits in the style of religious iconography. Figures are set against gold leaf halos, but are representations of an iconic business class that is revered in contemporary culture. These richly layered paintings are oil on wood, with patterned and engraved gilded halos.
Lee Nielsen is an interdisciplinary artist based in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2008 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design. He has exhibited locally and nationally and has work in private collections in Canada and the United States.
In 2011 He was awarded an Individual Artists Project grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. In addition to his art practice he has worked in a variety of fields as an animator, illustrator, concept artist, and designer. In 2003 he initiated a sole proprietorship, Humanate Enterprises, for his illustration work. Since then it has expanded to include art, design and other related projects.