Lee's show of lithographs and small sculptures at the Bend Art Center opened last Friday, and what a lovely show it is. Our special thanks to Alexis Chapman, Dawn Boone and especially Pat Clark for their enthusiasm and hospitality.
The show features a series of rare lithographs from 1996. Visions of Anatolia is series of 10 waterless lithographs using black toner and gold leaf. This series changed the way Lee addressed the surface of his sculptures for years to come by introducing gold leaf.
Lee has done very little printmaking since his art student days--in fact the last time he worked with a printmaker was in 1964. Visions of Anatolia documents a remarkable moment of painstaking attention to detail and collaboration.
The show at the Bend Art Center also features a series of small sculptures made in 2017. Both the lithographs and the sculptures were inspired by Lee and Susan's travels in Turkey, particularly the abstract designs they loved in kilim carpets.
For more information, take a look at this brochure, Lee Kelly: Sculpture and Prints.