TONYA LEE, artist spotlight

I first saw Tonya Lee’s work while on display at Cafe Volan, in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  After speaking with Tonya, and hearing her approach to her work, I wanted to know more about her process and her background. Here is what she had to share,  please enjoy.

“I am a slack-jawed southerner, raised on the salt of the Atlantic foam by a shark’s tooth hunter and a mythmaker. I have a BFA in fine art, BA in art history and a MFA in painting.  I have taught college-level art and design courses for twelve years.  Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Art Foundations at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division where I am also a color theory Subject Matter Expert. Additionally, I am an Adjunct Instructor in the Art and Design Department at Monmouth University.

My work is about combining shapes, patterns, moments and pauses that are derived from passive spaces, fleeting thoughts and changing winds. In a multi-disciplinary process of combining painting, drawing, collage and construction, my intent is to explore the aesthetic oppositions of rigidity +/- gesture and heed +/- neglect.

Many of the materials that are used in my work are discarded from other processes.  For example, the collage pieces use scraps from my students’ projects.”

See more work HERE.

(studio photos by Doug Parent)
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Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 12×15”, oil, gold leaf, charcoal, pencil, oil stick on paper

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Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 10×15”, oil, pencil, charcoal, oil stick on paper

T Lee_web_8Untitled after Scott Matthews’ An Errand in the Black-Belt

2011, 10×10”, acrylic, ink, spray enamel, poly film, paper, thread

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Untitled

2014, 24×36”, oil, acrylic, spray enamel on poly film

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Untitled after Scott Matthews’ An Errand in the Black-Belt

2011, 11×17”, ink, book paper, cardstock, thread

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Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 11×18”, oil, pencil, acrylic on poly film

T Lee studio 1 T Lee_web_4

Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 12×15”, oil, pencil, charcoal, pigment, oil stick on paper

T Lee_web_12

Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 9×13”, oil, pencil, enamel, chalk on poly film

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Untitled from the series Voltaire’s Mountains

2013, 11×19”, enamel, acrylic, poly film, book paper, thread

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Untitled from the series Voltaire’s Mountains

2013, 12×10”, enamel, acrylic, poly film, index card, paper, thread

T Lee_web_1

Untitled

2014, 24×36”, oil, acrylic, spray enamel on poly film

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