Bio

 

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

Studying French history and art history at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and touring museums throughout Europe opened her eyes to Old World romance.  After college, working with different color palettes drew her to work in interior design for the following decade.  Evenings after work Jillian practiced drawing and realized art was her true calling.  She 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, Jillian started painting on canvas, partnered with her first gallery and left her job to become a professional artist.

She currently lives and works in Minnetonka, Minnesota with her husband and two young daughters.  Being a mother and wife brings continued purpose, vulnerabilities and strengths to her work. Jillian has collectors worldwide and has been featured in House Beautiful, Interior Design, Traditional Home and Luxe magazines.

exhibitions

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, Amor Fati. Griffin Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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

group exhibitions

2018, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2018, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2018, Signature Gallery, Las Vegas.

2018, Sargents Fine Art, Hawaii. 

2018, Barrette Fine Art.

2018, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2018, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2017, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2017, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2017, Signature Gallery, Las Vegas.

2017, Sargents Fine Art, Hawaii.  

2017, Barrette Fine Art.

2017, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2017, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2016, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2016, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2016, Signature Gallery, Las Vegas.

2016, Sargents Fine Art, Hawaii. 

2016, Barrette Fine Art.

2016, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2016, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2015, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2015, Sargents Fine Art, Hawaii.

2015, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

2015, Signature Gallery, Las Vegas.

2015, Barrette Fine Art.

2015, Key West Gallery, Florida.

2015, Park City Fine Art, Utah.

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.  

 collections

United States, Europe, Canada, Australia