One of my most favorite jobs I do is painting for a conference. I will be hired to paint for the duration of a conference on large canvas panels (4ft x 8ft) and I will paint a visual story that mirrors the theme and messages of the conference. I like it because I'm a perfectionist and it forces me to express myself honestly and not be able to correct all the flaws but to just focus on the message. I recently had the honor of painting at a PAO Conference in Orlando, Fl. The conference was based around giving up the things that get in the way of God and the redemption that only God can give in our lives and marriages. You can see the storyline of the suffering that comes from brokenness and self-reliance and then the freedom of Christ breaking the chains of sin in handing your life over to God. You can scroll through the pictures of the paintings and lastly there is a video of me explaining my art at the end of the conference.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I just recently was part of an art show at the Sunnyvale Art Gallery put on by Arts of the Covenant a group of artists that I'm a part of. The show was called "Then Sings My Soul" and the show was inspired by hymns of all faiths. Here are two pieces I created for it. The top one is acrylic and the other is burnt newspaper.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Here are some pictures of the Justice wall I've been working on at MPPC Open Door Church San Mateo. I added light rays coming out of the redemptive side. The light over powers the darkness of suffering. The redemptive side was based on the scripture Amos 5:24 "But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness a never-failing stream." I added the statement 'because justice matters' which is a central statement of the churches redeeming justice mission. I also put in some pictures of more detail of the wall because it is so large. You can see the ash pile and then the water bursting through and breaking the chains. I also put some detail of the burnings to see the newspaper they were burned into. The wall is finally finished!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
InMenlo just recently asked to do a feature on my art. Linda and Chris who run InMenlo came over to my studio to see the art and meet with Brooke and I. They were absolutely incredible and it was a joy to get to know them. Check out the article here: http://inmenlo.com/2010/08/26/nolan-lee-artist-with-a-penchant-for-justice/
Monday, August 23, 2010
I've been working on an absolutely amazing project, what makes it amazing is the cause, not my art. I have been commissioned create an mural and installation on a large wall that is all about justice. 'The justice wall' is the moniker we've given it and it is located at Open Door Church San Mateo . The wall is an exploration of injustice and redemption. I'm just wrapping up the finishing details today on the wall but I thought I'd post some pictures of some of the process. I took the newspaper burnings I have been working on scanned them and printed them out much larger to emphasize their effect. I then installed them on the wall to look as ashes falling from the burnt images. The second half of the wall is the redemptive side showing faces in flowing multi-colored liquid. I'll post the finished pics soon ut I hope you enjoy. My art is mean to serve so I hope that it may serve you.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I went up this week to paint a quick piece on the wall that will later become the Justice Wall at a church in San Mateo. This piece will be erased when I start the wall but I thought it might set the tone for what is to come. We went on a day where no one was working so the doors were locked but that didn't stop my wife she took these pics through the window with the lights off, I don't know how they turned out so well but she's incredible like that!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I've just been commissioned by a local church to do an installation on one of their walls on the theme of justice. They really liked the newspaper burning art that I've been doing and hired me to do this installation using this
medium. This installation is going to be something that no one has done before. Needless to say I'm really excited and honored to be working with them. Here are some of the burnings (the images are newspaper that has been slightly burned) so far.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I just finished this painting for the Ethiopia Initiative Celebration here in Menlo Park. The painting is a collection of the faces of partners to the Ethiopia Initiative in the form of an Ethiopia cross. It was a large scale painting 5 ft wide x 10 ft tall and was fun to work on.