Pink Stripe, Green Stripe
Medium:Acrylic on Canvas
Abstract painting of different colored lines. Top line is dark blue, then a green line below. Towards center of image is a darker green triangle and a diagonal pink line. Bottom right corner has a lot of texture, mixing white and blue.
From the West African influence of the Geechee in South Carolina to the creole flavor in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rosie Lee’s artwork is inspired by and speaks to the diversity found amongst African Americans. His paintings highlight the history and culture of African American communities through vibrantly rendered architectural structures, iconography, and black figures in abstraction. In his series, “Lines and Colors,” he emphasizes the absence of African American artists within the abstract and avant-garde fields of study. As Lee applies layers of color and vigorous brushwork to build texture, raw emotion comes through the moody backgrounds constructed and deconstructed out of frustration, insight, and humor. On his work he states, “The black aesthetic I wish to capture is filled with color and layered with complexities that connect to history as well as promote promise for future generations. Ultimately, I want the work to be a source of pride and a reminder of the journey black people had to endure to call America home.” Rosie Lee’s "Lines and Colors" painting series emphasizes African American artists' absence within the abstract and avant-garde fields of study. By applying layers of color and vigorous brushwork to build texture, raw emotion comes through moody backgrounds constructed and deconstructed out of frustration, insight, and humor. Like designs found in Gee's Bend quilts and Jack Whitten’s cosmic landscapes, he reveals possibilities found in intuitive concepts. With an examination into the psyche and ethos of black experiences, Lee is accessing realities to exist as imagined spaces filled with tension, beauty, and abstraction.