Studio

bio

The rustling trees and glowing stars on a quiet night are my favorite memories growing up in the country.  Born in 1978, I was raised in a small town in Minnesota.  Within a bedroom draped in rose-colored hues, I created a world of anything unabashedly feminine.  I designed costumes and dresses, and found my voice through dance.  Letting myself free in a creative medium was where I belonged.  I was a dreamer.

Studying French history and art history at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and touring museums throughout Europe opened my eyes to Old World romance.  After college, working with different color palettes drew me to work in interior design for the following decade.  Evenings after work I practiced drawing and realized art was my true calling. 

I created watercolor illustrations and began receiving commissions from top design firms in New York to Los Angeles.  Shortly after an inspiring return trip to Europe, I started painting on canvas, partnered with my first gallery and left my job to become a professional artist.

I currently live and work in Minnetonka, Minnesota with my husband and two daughters.  Being a mother and wife brings continued purpose, vulnerabilities and strengths to my work.

 

statement

The studio is my place to capture timeless poetry of the past.  As I paint, I reflect on memories, stories and imagined scenes.  I get caught in an ethereal world as colors blend and gradually evolve into a picture.

The feminine spirit is illuminated through the lens of fashion, recalling the details of a gown once worn by a historical heroine, theatrical ballet dancer or a mother or a daughter.  Classical still life and portraits are given new breath with a modern touch.  Color remains the soul of the painting - my smiles, sorrows, passions and whims.

With a distant piano echoing in the backdrop of a misty veil of color, I want the viewer to feel emotion and nostalgia with a slightly mercurial edge.

 

press

2013, House Beautiful. Instant Room. Champalimaud Design, New York City.

2012, Interior Design. Fashion Atelier, feature by Meghan Edwards, Editor.

2011, Luxe Magazine. Greystone Estate, Beverly Hills and Timothy Corrigan Design, Los Angeles. 

2009, Traditional Home. Hampton Designer Showhouse. 

publication

2015, Jillian Lee: Art of Enchantment. Book by Erin Taylor Editions.  

solo & two-person exhibitions

2016, New Works by Jillian Lee and Gary Welton. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2016, Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2015, Wild at Heart. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2014, Jillian Lee. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2014, New Works by Jillian Lee. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2014, Fall Exhibition. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2013, Works by Gary Welton and Jillian Lee. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2013, Fall Exhibition. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2013, Works by Jillian Lee and Dan Raphael. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2012, Fashion Atelier Collection. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

group exhibitions

2017, Masquerade, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2017, Masquerade, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2017, Masquerade, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2017, Masquerade, Sargents Fine Art, Hawaii. 

2017, Masquerade, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2017, Masquerade, Sargents Fine Art, Hawaii. 

2016, Illusion, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2016, Illusion, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2016, Illusion, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2016, Illusion, Barrette Fine Art, California.

2016, Illusion, Sargents Fine Art, Hawaii. 

2015, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2015, Sargents Fine Art, Hawaii.

2015, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2015, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2015, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2015, Barrette Fine Art, California.

2014, Sotheby’s and Smile Network: A Gallery of Smiles. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2013, Diamonds in the Rough. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2012, Brownstones on France, Edina, Minnesota.

2012, Mingle Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2012, Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

education

B.A. Art History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Studies Abroad in Art History and Architecture: 

National Gallery - London, England.  Musee d’Orsay, Louvre, Rodin Museum - Paris, France.  Berlin Museum - Berlin, Germany.  National Gallery - Prague, Czech Republic.  Belvedere Museum - Vienna, Austria.  Gallerie dell’Accademia, Uffizi Gallery, Vatican - Venice, Florence, Rome, Italy.

private collections

United States, Europe, Canada

 

video

 

 

book

Available at Griffin Gallery in Minneapolis, MN

www.griffingalleryfineart.com