It is with respect that Johnny pays tribute to all the great photographers throughout the ages who captured expression and a time with their camera lens. Thus allowing artists like Johnny to re-interpret the many wonderful faces of our tribal people of yesterday and today. "History lies but faces do not."
Johnny Lee’s work steps out from the shadows of another time and place.
Impeccably rendered drawings of growling grizzlies, willowy horses, and proud native warriors peer into our souls. Beautifully crafted in graphite on board and often using historical photographs of First Nations individuals for inspiration. Lee’s art is as dramatic as it is aesthetically accomplished. He shifts from brooding figural studies to airy summer landscapes, beckoning us toward a simpler existence. His work often takes the form of classic portraits, yet other pieces become dynamic collage-like compositions replete with headdresses, tribal abstractions, birds of prey, buffalo skulls, and proud men on horseback under endless skies.
Recently Lee’s work has transformed. Now drawing from his own personal experiences and expressing his stories in colour.
Lee has been represented by galleries spread across Canada and in New York.
Johnny Lee's custom framed originals, along with limited editions, artist proofs and reproductions can be found at Wisdomstick Studios.
He is currently represented by the "Eagle Feather Gallery" in Victoria, "The Gallery" in Chemainus, the "Annishnabe Gallery" in Thunder Bay, Ontario, the "Gust Gallery" in Waterton Lakes, Alberta, the "Qualicum Trading Post" in Qualicum Beach, BC., the Wah-sa Gallery in Winnipeg, the Ancestral Spirits Gallery, Port Townsend, Washington, USA,
by the Whetung Ojibwa Centre, Ontario, the Armen Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, and Northwest Tribal Art in Seattle, Washington.
Dragon Tiger Mountain Mural Project in Yingtan Jiangxi China Aug. 2016.
Sept. 2015 Johnny Lee & Katherine Melanie`s joint exhibition at The Chemainus Theatre.
May 2014 Joint exhibition with David Baughan at The Cowichan Theatre.
March 2014 Featured works at Imagine That Artisans. Duncan BC.
Aug. 2013 Featured works exhibited at The E.J. Hugh`s/ Benchmark Gallery in Duncan BC Vancouver island.
Feb. 12 2013 - Exhibited new works in Duncan BC. "Healing Through Art".
2012 June 4th- 29th - Exhibited at the Story of Cedar exhibition at The Portals Gallery.
Exhibited at The Cowichan theatre`s Evening of Healing Through Art 2012.
Exhibited at Chemainus`s entertainment hot spot The Dancing Bean Cafe September 2011.
2011 Donated his first Limited Editon print of Come Together to the environmental preservation awareness of The Cowichan valley to be exhibited in Germany.
April 2011 Donated a white charcoal illustration entitled "Moon Dance" to the Chemainus Theatre's Spring Art Auction.
February 2011 Exhibiting the combined works with David Baughan entitled `SEEING`at The Artspring Gallery Space on Saltspring Island.
Johnny's images were a collaboration with the photographic works of David Baughan exhibited at the Chemainus Gallery November 11, 2010 - January 8, 2011
September13, 2010 Shaw Cable television interview - studio promotion.
September 12 ,2010 Johnny celebrates Wisdomstick Studios relocation Grand Opening in Maple Bay in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.
August 2010 Johnny donated a limited edition of "Eyes of the Storm " to the CATA & BCSAT Conference: Coast Salish Teachings meet Arts Therapies.
February 2010 Johnny exhibited at The Agora Gallery in New York City, where he was represented internationally..
Exhibited at The 2010 Aboriginal Film Festival . Cowichan Valley,Vancouver Island.
In 2009 Johnny donated first gi cle print of EYES OF THE STORM to Chemainus Theatres Winter Wonderland Gala Nov. 2009.
In 2009 Johnny donated Stoney Chief to Shq'apthut (a gathering place) to The University of Vancouver Island.
In 2008 Johnny exhibited in the "Gallery" at the Chemainus Theatre Festival entitled " Vision Quest". and was once again featured on Shaw "Arts and Culture" the Daily show.
In 2007 Johnny was featured on shaw "Arts and Culture" the Daily show.
In 2007 Johnny was featured in "Visions" art and photography magazine.
In 2007 Johnny has also exhibited at "The Gallery" in the Chemainus Theatre Festival entitled "The Cowboy and the Cree"
In 2006 Johnny has exhibited at the Aboriginal Films Festival.
in 2006 Johnny was a featured artist at "Awaken the Spirit" and was covered by the local media station in Nanaimo, BC.
In 2005 Johnny purchased Wisdomstick Studios in Old Town Chemainus, BC.
In 2004 Johnny Presented Buffy Sainte-Marie with his first artist proof "Gathering Of Nations".
In 2004 Johnny's image of "Shoshoni Warrior" was the featured cover for the Calgary Stampede's exclusive evening preview invitation.
In 2002 Johnny Lee and his work were featured on APTN's "The New Canoe".
In 2001 Johnny Lee's firsts solo exhibit at the "MacPherson Playhouse" in Victoria BC, entitled "Character Lines".
His work has appeared in the "Wah sa Gallery" in Winnipeg Manitoba, "The Batoche Gallery" on Quadra Island BC, "Chemainus Trading Co." in Chemainus BC, "Lonewolf Gallery" in Victoria BC, and the "Lighthouse Gallery" in Victoria BC
Coffee House Exhibits: Poundmakers, The Mocha House, Spiral Cafe, Paradiso DiStelle, Rising Star Bistro in Victoria BC.
Johnny has done work for Coppermoon, the Victoria Metis Community Association, and the Vancouver Island Aboriginal Transition team.
Markets: Johnny began in Bastion Square from 2002-2005 an outdoor market running from April to October of each year. Johnny has worked the Touch of Salt Spring Christmas fair, Out of Hand craft fair Victoria Convention Centre, Nanaimo Market, Duncan Farmer's Market, Duncan in the Square, Sidney by the Sea.
Education: Graduated from Wexford Collegiate Art School in Toronto Ontario, and studied Commerical Art at George Brown College in Toronto Ontario, recieved a certificate in Liberal Studies as well as a Diploma in Arts and Sciences at George Brown College in Toronto Ontario.