It is with respect that Johnny pays tribute to all the great photographers throughout the ages who captured expression and a time with their camera lens. Thus allowing artists like Johnny to re-interpret the many wonderful faces of our tribal people of yesterday and today. "History lies but faces do not."
Johnny Lee’s work steps out from the shadows of another time and place. Impeccably rendered drawings of growling grizzlies, willowy horses, and proud native warriors peer into our souls. Beautifully crafted in graphite on board and often using historical photographs of First Nations individuals for inspiration. Lee’s art is as dramatic as it is aesthetically accomplished. He shifts from brooding figural studies to airy summer landscapes, beckoning us toward a simpler existence. His work often takes the form of classic portraits, yet other pieces become dynamic collage-like compositions replete with headdresses, tribal abstractions, birds of prey, buffalo skulls, and proud men on horseback under endless skies.
Recently Lee’s work has transformed. Now drawing from his own personal experiences and expressing his stories in colour.
Lee has been represented by galleries spread across Canada and in New York.
Johnny Lee's custom framed originals, along with limited editions, artist He is currently represented by the "Eagle Feather Gallery" in Victoria, "The Gallery" in Chemainus, the "Annishnabe Gallery" in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the "Gust Gallery" in Waterton Lakes, Alberta, the "Qualicum Trading Post" in Qualicum Beach, BC., the Wah-sa Gallery in Winnipeg, the Ancestral Spirits Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington, USA, by the Whetung Ojibwa Centre, Ontario, the Armen Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, and Northwest Tribal Art in Seattle, Washington.