Exhibition of new work by revered sculptor and painter Lee Kelly opens June 1 at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Winter Garden at Muktinath, a large freestanding stainless steel sculpture anchors the exhibition of new work and will be shown alongside hand-painted wall sculptures inspired by Kelly's travels.Read More
Winter Garden at Muktinath, th big one.Read More
Lee is well known for his refusal to repeat himself. Even when he was working with his friends in Patan, Nepal to create editions of cast bronze sculptures, no two were ever the same. So it was intriguing when he decided to make editions of small work using laser-cut steel.
Winter Garden at Muktinath is inspired by the sacred site of Muktinath, high in the Himalayas of Nepal. The temple is revered by Buddhists and Hindus alike as being one of the only places where the five sacred elements (fire, water, sky, earth and air) are found together. When I was there, also in winter, I had pneumonia and remember it much as it is in this sculpture, barren, cold and almost a ruin but with touches of grace to show that it is revered, even in winter.
Winter Garden at Muktinath is also the title of Lee's June 2017 show at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. The exhibition will have a large stainless steel version of Winter Garden, but in the meantime, we have six of these very special small sculptures. And by the way, they aren't identical, not exactly.
Edition of six for sale
If you are interested in buying one of the small pieces--and yes, they are for sale--click over to the store and check them out.
We had a wind storm here this morning. While we were listening to branches crack and pine cones fly against the roof of Lee's studio, the sun came out for a moment.
The best view of Winter Song I and II is from Lee's deck. Despite the name, these pieces are looking very spring-like today.
And finally, some images of Akbar's Elephant in its new home.
Here are some photos from the actual installation.
Akbar's Elephant is a signature work in Lee Kelly's long and acclaimed career. The sculpture was made in 2000 and sited in the garden at Leland Iron WorksRead More
In February, Akbar's Elephant, a significant outdoor sculpture created in 2000, moved to its new home in the lobby of the Fox Tower, Portland, Oregon.Read More
Snow day at Leland Iron Works
For as long as I can remember, snow days have always meant grabbing cameras and trudging around the property to look at art.Read More
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Lee Kelly has been called an “Oregon Treasure” and one of our region’s most important artists.Read More