Oregon Garden on Oregon Art Beat

Oregon Art Beat released a segment on the Oregon Garden. Includes footage of Lee Kelly's Lupine Fugue and a brief interview, as well as some cool footage of the eclipse.

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June 1: Lee Kelly's show at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery

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.

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Winter Garden at Muktinath

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. 2017. Laser-cut steel with gold leaf. 5.5"h x 6.5"w x 2.5"d. Pictured is one of an edition of six.

Winter Garden at Muktinath. 2017. Laser-cut steel with gold leaf. 5.5"h x 6.5"w x 2.5"d. Pictured is one of an edition of six.

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.

New work from Lee Kelly

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.

Winter Song I and II. Photo courtesy of Leland Iron Works.

Winter Song I and II. Photo courtesy of Leland Iron Works.

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.

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Here are some photos from the actual installation.

Here is the gantry crane assembled about to be moved into position. In the background you can see parts of the sculpture. Photo by Lee Kelly.

Here is the gantry crane assembled about to be moved into position. In the background you can see parts of the sculpture. Photo by Lee Kelly.

The guys at work. Photo by Lee Kelly.

The guys at work. Photo by Lee Kelly.

Flying in the last part. Photo by Lee Kelly.

Flying in the last part. Photo by Lee Kelly.

Welding it back together. The installation took less than five hours thanks to the detail-oriented genius of Jim Schmidt (on ladder) who managed the whole gig. Photo by Lee Kelly.

Welding it back together. The installation took less than five hours thanks to the detail-oriented genius of Jim Schmidt (on ladder) who managed the whole gig. Photo by Lee Kelly.