About the work:
Nan starts with a thought, an idea which usually begins with a figure. Other figures and items follow related to the first figure but totally unplanned. The works evolve, one thing triggering the idea for the next which is related in her mind. She has a ‘horror vacui’, a naïve or ‘natural’ desire to fill all spaces on the page or canvas.
Nan uses many bright colours but they seem to relate to each other instinctively. Mostly working in watercolour, occasionally she adds pencil work or small details in other media.
Many works have a theme or a message and frequently there is a religious connotation. She has a strong religious faith and in recent years has been painting her way through the bible.
About the artist
Born in Manitoba and moving frequently during her formative years, Nan Lee finally settled in Newfoundland in 1997 at the age of 47. She moved to and remained in Eastport, Bonavista Bay.
Nan Lee has been interested in art all of her life and has painted almost daily in her adult life. Her work starts as a thought and begins usually with a figure which then progresses through many connected ideas and slowly evolves into her very imaginative and unique naïve paintings.
Most works have a theme with related images and sometimes a message. Nan Lee enjoys using colour and even with the use of strong multiple colours the paintings seem to coalesce remaining connected within the work. She seems to have a child-like feeling for a “horror vacui” ensuring that each space is filled with ‘whatever her mind connects to next’.
Her work has been purchased by many, mostly visitors to the Eastport Peninsula who “discovered” Nan’s paintings. In 2015 she had a solo exhibition at the Beaches Heritage Centre, Eastport.
Nan’s work has been highlighted in several articles in The Telegram & the Downhomer and she has been interviewed on NTV.