Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TRANSITION: Annie Lee (1935 - 2014)

Annie Lee. Photo via tomjoynerfoundation.org. 
Artist known for her "faceless paintings" dies at 79

Text | BlackAmericaWeb.com
Published | November 24, 2014

Internationally acclaimed artist, Annie Lee, known for her unique ability to celebrate African American culture passed away Monday, November 24th in Henderson, NV. She was 79 years old.

Annie Lee had a very special gift. She let her artwork do the talking.  She had the unique talent to paint a scene that captured people’s emotions. She lured you into her work with her wistful brushes of color. If her painting included people, you could hear them talking and laughing. If her painting had someone playing the harp or a saxophone, you could imagine the music. While Lee’s work featured African Americans, she captured American life from all angles.

Annie Lee’s signature style was to paint figures devoid of faces. Her subject’s body language and setting expressed strong feelings in a unique way that moved her audience.  Her most popular works included My Cup Runneth Over, Blue Monday and most recently a portrait of the first family entitled Oval Office.

Over the decade, Lee has been a huge supporter of the Tom Joyner Foundation. She donated her time and artwork to help the Foundation raise money to help students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Her Higher Education: A Way to Soar painting celebrates student success. Her White Night painting captures the elegance and whimsy of one of the theme nights on board the Fantastic Voyage, an annual weeklong cruise that is a huge fundraiser for the Foundation, where she was a regular exhibitor.

Annie Lee is survived by her daughter Davina Joy, her son Charles and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Blue Monday by Annie Lee

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