Collection: Ning Lee

Ning Lee was born and earned his masters in art in China. One feels his paintings just as much as one views them. Strong brushwork and impasto paint are hallmarks of his work. Drawn to the water, Ning finds inspiration in the southeastern United States.

Read Ning Lee's Bio and Features.

Ning was born in Chongqing, a city in Southwest China. He studied at the School of Fine Arts at Southwest Normal University, where he received seven years of professional training with a focus on realistic approach. After obtaining his BFA and MFA from the School of Fine Arts at Southwest Normal University in 1987, he started a teaching career at the Department Oil.

Painting at the same school. Ning worked as a visiting artist at various art centers both in the United States and Canada in the early 1990s and finally settled down in New York metro area in 1996. He has exhibited in China, Canada and United States, received various awards, and has works in corporate and private collections in the US and abroad.

Even though he has painted figurative paintings and is accomplished as a landscape painter, Ning has a profound love for painting still life. Guided by a special perspective to light, shadow, color and form, he paints the objects commonly seen in daily life with a contemporary realistic approach that has distinguished his paintings by an element of orderliness, serenity, rationality and harmony, in addition to a slightly surrealistic edge. Inspired by the Renaissance masters and the seventeenth century Dutch masters; he applies his outstanding realistic skills acquired through years of academic trainings into creating still life paintings of long-lasting beauty.

Ning Lee Artist Awards and Features.

  • 2010 Best in Show, The Fifth Annual International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition
  • 2010 Artst's Choice, The Fifth Annual International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition
  • 2008 Honorable Mention in Still Life, International 2008 ARC Salon
  • 2008 Finalist in Still Life, International 2008 ARC Salon
  • 2008 Best of Still Life, Third Annual International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition
  • 2007 Finalist in Still Life, International 2007 ARC Salon
  • 2007 Artist’s Choice, "Leading Masters of Realism”, International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition
  • 2002 Finalist in Still Life – National Annual Pastel 100
  • 1997 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska, USA
  • 1995 Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., New York City, USA
  • 1992 Banff Center for the Arts, Canada

Ning Lee Artist Selected Exhibitions.

  • 2012 Ning Lee' Landscape Painting Solo Show, Gumenick Gallery,The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, VA
  • 2011 6th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2011 "Spark" -- Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational, Dantang Today Art Museum, Sichuan, China
  • 2010 "Simplicity and Serenity" -- Ning Lee's Still Life World, Gumenick Gallery, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, VA
  • 2010 International Guild of Realism Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition, J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
  • 2009 "Masters of Realism", Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL
  • 2008 "Capturing a Cherished Moment", Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts Gallery, Dennis, MA
  • 2008 "Along the Shore", Renjeau Galleries, Natick, MA
  • 2008 Third Annual International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition, Scottsdale Fine Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2007 “Masterpieces for all Seasons", 2007 Annual Small Works Show, Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts Gallery, Dennis, MA
  • 2007 Solo Painting Show, Rose Company Foundation Gallery, Howard Community College, MD
  • 2007 “Leading Masters of Realism”, Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts Gallery, Dennis, MA
  • 1998 Solo Painting Show, Howard Community College Art Gallery, MD, USA
  • 1997 "There Is No Problem Today", Ontario Gallery of Chinese Arts, Toronto, Canada
  • 1995 '95 Annual Chinese Painting Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 1994 The 8th National Art Exhibition, Chengdu, China
  • 1993 "New Chinese Art", Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
  • 1993 Chinese Art, Art Space Gallery, Peterborough, Canada
  • 1992 "East Meets West: In a Post-Columbia World", A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Ning Lee Artist Public Collections.

  • Saint Clare’s Foundation, NJ, USA
  • Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, NE, USA
  • Chongqing High-Tech Zone, China
  • Suiyuan Art Foundation, Taiwan
  • Calumet College, York University, Canada
  • Winters College, York University, Canada
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