About the Artist:
Cecil began painting in his early teens and purchased his first camera before his twentieth birthday.   Cecil has taken a few art and photography classes;  the most recent being at the, International Center of Photography in New York.   Nevertheless, Cecil basically is a self-taught artist.
 
It was not until Cecil recently began semi-retirement that he was able to dedicate more time to the creation of his art. It has turned out to be an adventure.  Cecil says it is like seeing the world again, for the first time.

Artist Statement:
“My objective is to create art that reflects subliminal messages of colors, hue, texture and depth. Although not spoken of often when accomplished successfully, there is a subliminal stamp; which the viewer takes with them.
 
The majority of my art encompasses the use of my photography.  It varies in two ways:  The first, is the use of the original photographic image as captured.  The second, is the use of graphic programs in which the image evolves into a unique work of art. I refer to this process as, "computer evolved art".  computer evolved art is a subset of the broader, computer art.
 
I strongly embrace the concept of altering one's preconceived ideas of art and life in order to discover what is NEW.  Conceptually, NEW is similar to what is often referred to as the, 'innocence of a child'.  For me, it is the imagination of an artist.”
Comments by the Assistant Curator

Comments by the Assistant Curator

Cecil Lee is a self-taught artist who has been learning and exploring art since his teens.  Now in semi-retirement, he finally has time to take what he has learned and to develop his work.  Most of Lee’s photographs involve light.  Whether it is through reflection of different forms of water, or slowing down the speed of light, Lee is sharing an angle or perspective of the subject.  Instead of setting up scenes, Lee photographs what is already in his environment.

James Turrell’s pieces can relate to Lee’s experiments with natural light.  Turrell has a series called, Skyspace.  This piece takes place in a long building where the ceiling can open.  The changes in color of the sky are more noticeable to the viewer in this space.  Even though Lee captures both natural and man-made light, he uses his photography to help the viewer notice the transition and formation of light.
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