Jivan Lee: Our Land

6 - 18 February 2017, Scottsdale
Artist Reception: February 9, 6:30-9:00pm
Jivan Lee, Santa Fe Overlook #5, Low Sun Falling
Jivan Lee, High Above the Chama
Jivan Lee, Santa Fe Overlook #7, Before Dawn



Altamira Fine Art Scottsdale is pleased to present a one man show for Jivan Lee opening February 6, 2017. The New Mexico artist will have over a dozen new works in this exciting show, including his signature vast skies and storm clouds, as well as new subjects he has explored through recent travels across the country.  No matter the subject, Jivan's distinctive painting style shines; his thickly applied paint, expressive brushstrokes and bold color come together to form striking compositions. His love and appreciation of the land is evident in his art, reflecting elements of nature, both seen and felt. 


Nature is a great equalizer, modulator, consolation, and teacher. You can’t  see a New Mexican sunrise or be lost in fog in Maine and emerge the same. Nature changes us. It isn’t always pleasant; sometimes its harrowing and even terrifying. But it’s always true, always there, always utterly as it is. And, in some form, it’s always available to us all.



I believe deeply in the healing, transformative power of nature. It’s a big part of what inspires my work and drives my evolution as an artist. And so it’s my hope that this group of paintings will bring moments of power, beauty, and solace back from the wilderness of Our Land and into daily life. - Jivan Lee on Our Land



 The show Reception will take place during the "Western Spirit" ArtWalk on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-9:00pm. 



Pre-sales available. To be placed on the preview list, contact az@altamiraart.com 


Artist Biography

Jivan Lee is an oil painter based in Santa Fe, NM. He grew up in Woodstock, NY and studied painting at Bard College. His work explores the nature of paint as raw material, creator of image, and catalyst for emotional response, and is increasingly addressing the complexities of how humans see and shape their environment.


His paintings are rhythmic, textural responses to the Western landscape in its many forms, from untrammeled wild lands to urban machinery to iconic chapels. Jivan paints on-location from direct observation, attempting to relay the unique sentiment of each moment and place that inspires his work. The resulting paintings transition between abstract fields of color, topographical planes, and recognizable imagery; one can discern actual places and things in each piece, but simultaneously see that these images arise from paint - tangible substance - applied in bold, colorful, celebratory passages. 


Jivan's paintings have been exhibited nationally at museums and educational institutions and covered in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Art Business News, and Plein Air Magazine. In addition to painting as much as time allows, Jivan also teaches and helms the Project for Art and the Environment. Jivan's work was featured on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine February 2015 issue. Most recently, Jivan was featured in an article in Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine's December 2016 issue: A Respect for the Land, by Rebecca L. Rhoades.